Friday, 24 January 2014

London Textile Fair

London Textile Fair
Business Design Centre, Islington, London
 21-22 January 2014

I have to admit that when you work for yourself, you can sometimes find you are working in a bubble, and too much alone, so perhaps this is why I was ridiculously excited about going to the London Textile Fair.

The London Textile Fair was in three parts: The main hall, for textile manufacturers and their UK agents, the accessories and trims hall and an upstairs gallery for print design studios.

The standard and variety of prints, in the print studio section of the show, was world class, and I received a lot of warm and encouraging responses, to my questions, about the state of the printed textile design industry today.

In the main hall textile manufacturers were very willing to look at portfolios and artwork, weather from studios or freelancers. “It is the artwork that matters, not where it comes from.”  was the response I kept getting.

Islington has an aliveness too, I loved the little vintage boutiques and markets.
The whole experience gave me, not only a lot of new contacts and avenues to do business on but also an impression that I was part of a creative and successful design scene in London and further afield.

Kirsteen Lyons
BA (Hons) Printed Textile Design, MD / Designer