What is Textiles?

Exhibition in The Library

20 March – 1 June 2017

Curated by Charlotte Hunt and Gemma Summerell

Library Wall, AUB

A collaborative exhibition by BA (Hons) Textiles, AUB staff and Alumni. This exhibition highlights the role of textiles within the design world and demonstrates the breath of practical processes used within the textiles industry today.

Quite often people are unaware of what exactly Textiles Design encompasses and the wide spectrum of disciplines that the term covers.  This exhibition explores what Textiles Design is and its importance to the world around us; from fabrics to wallpapers, flooring to upholstery.

Featuring a variety of mediums and techniques used within the textiles discipline this exhibition includes examples of traditional hand embroidery placed beside the latest technologies being used today such as; CAD stitch, Laser cutting, UV printing and digital fabric printing.  Also on display are examples of Textiles Design for garments, surface design for the fashion industry, soft furnishings, tiles, wallpaper and interior accessories, demonstrating the importance of Textiles to a wide spectrum of design.

Meet the Curators

Charlotte Hunt
Charlotte Hunt has a degree in Textile Design from Winchester School of Art where she specialised in printed Textiles. After working for a London based accessory company as a designer producing prints for well-known high street names, Charlotte went on to work as a technician in further education before joining the BA (Hons) Textiles Course as a technician at Arts University Bournemouth.

Trained in traditional print and dye techniques, in addition to digital technologies such as laser cutting, digital fabric printing and UV printing, Charlotte’s key areas of interest are pattern and colour. Her research investigates how print can be used on a variety of surfaces and how the introduction of modern technology can work together with traditional hand print and dying techniques such as devore and cross dying.

Gemma Summerell
Gemma Summerell studied at Arts University Bournemouth where she gained a degree in Textiles. She is currently a technician demonstrator for the BA (Hons) Textiles Course in addition to working as a freelance designer. Gemma’s work has been modelled at Bournemouth Fashion Events and has been featured in local and national press, including Lumen Ortis, a site specific light installation in Bournemouth Gardens.

Specialising in digital print, screen print and laser cutting, Gemma creates on-trend reversible fabrics. She takes mundane objects as her inspiration, transforming them into beautiful and captivating designs. With a fascination for advancements in textiles and CAD embroidery Gemma is fascinated by the digital realm of stitch, leading her to use these skills as a stitch technician for an installation art piece in Morocco.