Showcasing work by Kyra Cane and Jin Eui Kim.
65 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1HS
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Neil’s research draws on 20 years experimentation in design, dye chemistry and screen printing combined with new skills and fluency in digital design. His new collection “Kaleidoscope” combines these diverse working methods and is inspired by travel to the Middle East, Egypt and India. The concept of indecipherable languages, hidden codes, embedded information as well as the signs and symbols from different cultures is developed in the collection. These designs are in a sense autobiographical, representing an eclectic mixture of references and memories.
A combination of the latest cutting edge digital print techniques such as digital print and dye sublimation combined with craft traditions such as hand pleating, Shibori and embroidery have been developed in the new work. For years textile design lagged behind the digital innovations available to other multimedia disciplines. This is no longer the case as the quality of digital print in textiles has been improved and taken more seriously by the fashion industry. Neil is intrigued by the relationship between digital textile print and craft techniques and how these seemingly opposing practices can coexist.
Background, Commissions and Collections
Neil’s studio is on the Kent coast from where he designs printed textiles for fashion and interiors. Work is held in collections around the world including: The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York and The Crafts Council Collection in London. Consultancy projects include, The British Museum London, The Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre London, The Royal Academy of Art London, The Royal Opera House London, Turner Contemporary in Margate and The Guggenheim Museum New York. Over the years his work has been sold and exhibited in internationally in galleries and stores such as Liberty, Harrods, Browns, Fortnum & Mason, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.
Research in Practice
Neil is the Course Leader for Fashion Textiles at University for the Creative Arts at Rochester where he set the BA Hons degree in Fashion Textiles: Print in 2009. The Fashion Textiles: Print resource offers a new, state-of-the-art digital textiles facility combined with traditional print methods.
University for The Creative Arts has funded Neil’s research in to digital media in textiles.
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