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Design & Make: CSM BA (Hons) Textile Design Interim Show 2014

Anne Marr

Design & Make celebrates the specialist skills of 64 second year students and explores the three design directions: Fluctuation; Super Botanic; and A Place of Longing.

This project supports the Course’s philosophy of developing ‘flexible specialists’. At this
stage of their studies, students are challenged to carry out a more in depth technical exploration in order to stimulate expanded textile making and design processes.

The power of making has recently become a welcomed juxtaposition to an increasingly digitally rendered world. Industrial finesse offers many new opportunities but often lacks direct authorship. In response to pressing digital developments many designers have rediscovered the unique value of the hand-made, celebrating making skills that communicate a personal ‘handwriting’.

The crossover of craft making and industrial process can be quite exhilarating: old prejudices don’t apply anymore and contemporary textiles have many hybrid qualities that benefit from slow and fast processes.

This exhibition aims to make the complex process of making more visible through the display of sketchbooks, prototypes and machinery in order to portray process-led design developments. All visitors are welcome to get involved: please feel free to knit and weave along!

BA Textile Design at Central Saint Martins explores the three main textile design practices – print, knit and weave – alongside digital and non-traditional approaches to textile design.

Design Directions:


Sometimes everything seems to be in a state of flux: nothing stands still and we seem to become part of that flow. Nothing is constant except for this continuous change. Fluctuation investigates different notions of movement and the rhythm of pattern in constant transition. Intangible notions such as speed, sound and light have been encapsulated through making processes and textile materials.

A Place of Longing

What makes a space a place? This design direction explores different notions of belonging such as to an architectural place, a cultural habitat or a social nest.

How do we get attached to a space and what mechanisms do we put into place to create a spiritual home? This direction portrays cultural narratives around longing for an ideal place and imagines textile materials for shifting private and communal identities.

Super Botanic

Nature is inspiration for the creative practice of many designers thus, the natural role model for the efficient use of materials and energy.

Super Botanic is nature with the accelerator pressed down for full speed. Future plant scenarios and their self-organizing and self-sustaining principles, their diverse symbiotic ecosystems and mechanisms are incorporated into new materials, patterns and biomimetic design.

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Open 10 Dec – 12 Dec 2014    11:00 – 18:30

Lethaby Gallery,

Central Saint Martins,

Granary Building,

1 Granary Square,

London N1C 4AA