Thursday 12 July / 6-8pm
Price: £15 / £12 students. Book Online
Presented by lecturer, researcher and designer Alex Russell, and based on his book The Fundamentals of Textile Design, this talk will offer practical advice on building a portfolio of printed textiles and surface pattern designs. Alex will discuss strategies for obtaining work within traditional fashion and interiors contexts, also covering freelance designing, securing an agent and offer tips for organising and showing your work.
The go to guide for new and established textile designers, the Fundamentals of Printed Textile Design, £26.99, published by Bloomsbury, explores contemporary practice in printed textile design. It outlines the process of creating designs, looking at the vital role played by drawing, colour, style and content. It also analyses how to contextualise and communicate effectively in order to build a professional portfolio, whether through traditional design staples or via a more original approach. It examines the positions occupied by designers in the industry, and the technical and ethical considerations of which they must be aware.
Alex Russell Alex Russell is a designer and lecturer, working with printed textiles, surface pattern, fashion art direction/graphics, digital/new media, coding and generative systems. He is currently Programme Leader for the MA Fashion and Textile routes at Manchester School of Art. Alex has extensive international design experience and in September 2018 he will return to full-time freelance practice. His print and pattern clients have included Alexander Henry, Almedahls, Bjorn Borg, C and A, Carven, Eco Tapeter, Etam, H and M, Kendix, Lee, Lego, Levi Strauss, Matinique/InWear, Moschino, Nokia, Oilily, Roberto Cavalli, Schiesser, Speedo, Tom Taylor, Thomas Pink, Tommy Hilfiger and Vero Moda/Jack and Jones. www.alexrussell.com
The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the current exhibition. The talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including an opportunity to ask questions, followed by a book signing in the foyer. Ticket includes admission to the exhibition and guests are welcome to view this before or after the talk.
Price: £15 / £12 students.
All tickets include a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.