© FFION GRIFFITH 2013
After a busy and super productive summer it was fantastic to finally arrive at Indigo in Paris last week. I was fortunate enough to be sponsored by Texprint who gave each of the 24 of us they had chosen from this year’s UK textile design graduates a stand. Although primarily for the fashion industry, my work, which tends to lean more towards the interior market was well received at the show. Over summer, I had worked on developing new colourways and designs in merino lambswool. I decided to focus my palette on more pastel tones with sugared almonds and pick and mix in mind! I also wove some simple black and white samples, which I believe could work well as fashion or interior fabrics. Breaking away from the merino lambswool I decided to create a range of more light weight wovens using a mixture of wool and silk. I chose a palette of blues and turquoises with the odd flash of acid from bright orange and yellow.
As well as my wovens, I was eager over summer to develop some digitally printed designs on a variety of fabrics. Following on from the idea of printing a weave onto another woven fabric, which I used during my final year at university, I decided to develop this further. Other printed designs came from several ideas, which arose during my summer. From workshops to chance encounters, I had no lack of inspiration from which to create striking imagery.
Premier Vision proved to be highly successful for me. I was awarded Texprint’s Space Prize for the best designs for Interiors, sold some of my samples and made a whole host of contacts. I was also fortunate to be invited to the British Ambassador’s Residence for an evening reception with the other Texprint participants who used wool within their work. Despite being exhausted, it is certainly not an experience I will forget.