Central Saint Martins textiles: Three emerging talents from the class of 2018

July is a busy time of year for the design industry as we descend on the graduate shows to scout for new talent and emerging ideas and concepts. Central Saints Martins’ BA Textiles show is always a highlight for me, as it showcases innovative textile projects including print, pattern, weave and knit. Here, I highlight three projects stood out to me from this year’s show.


















Diane Bresson was awarded the Colour Design Award at New Designers for her digital and screen-printed wallpaper collection. Bresson’s striking optical patterns were inspired by the dissection puzzle game Tangram, where the aim is to collate seven shapes together to create new ones. As well as the geometric patterns Bresson has designed, her choice of colour is what makes the prints come to life – from contemporary monochrome to a vibrant ombré effect made from warm sunset hues. Bresson visualises her work by projecting the patterns into space, a process that helps her to develop the designs.

Mi Zhou is a multi-disciplinary design student whose interest in the relationship between shapes and shadow drove her to create multi-purpose interior applications. Zhou’s hands-on approach to making begins by making three dimensional objects and materials. This learn-as-you-go attitude gave Zhou opportunity to explore several techniques at once, with a wide range of hard and soft materials. Working with collage, tufting, laser cutting and embroidery, Zhou tested these processes with materials including acrylic, neoprene, vinyl and textiles. The final collection of designs are composed into styled images to suggest multiple applications, including wall coverings, rugs and furnishings.















Hannah Wilcox draws on her personal experience, referencing personal photos and artefacts she played with as a child. Cushions are pieced together with playful zips that children can put together themselves to alter the structure, encouraging them to interact with the shape and form. This element of piecing soft products together also taps into function and style, for example making the product adaptable to the space, e.g. the bedroom, playroom or outdoors. Wilcox’s use of pastel and bold colours complements the cut-out motifs, offering an overall fun feel for kids’ textiles that also have grown-up appeal.

For more graduate talent, WGSN subscribers can read our coverage of the emerging textiles talent from New Designers right here.

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