Third-year students from the BA (Hons) Textiles for Fashion & Interiors course at University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Farnham showcased their University projects at Thread, an exhibition held at Farnham Maltings. This is the first year of the exhibition, which saw a number of traders and experts in textiles and handmade goods come together, including the West Surrey Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers and haberdasheries from all over the UK.
Student Ellie Rothero showcased her pieces in woven textiles at Thread, which were made from lamb’s wool that had been hand-dyed and woven. One of her pieces featured a graduating colour change throughout to reflect her inspiration: the change in the scenery throughout the train journey from Eastbourne to London.
Ellie Rothero commented: “For many people, a train journey is a time to sit back, relax and wait to arrive at your destination. For me, it’s a time to observe the views that rush past, subtly changing and molding into the next scene. I live in the country in East Sussex and the train journey from Eastbourne to London Victoria has always interested me - how the vast, open and serene spaces slowly morph into the surroundings of busy city life. Colours change from shades of green, orange and yellow to blues and greys, and I’ve reflected this in my piece.”
Eight students from UCA exhibited at the local event, which enabled them to meet successful companies in the textiles industry and sell their own goods to members of the public.
“The exhibition at Farnham Maltings was a great opportunity to experience firsthand the preparation and presentation of our work to an exhibition standard,” said Janice Webb, BA (Hons) Textiles for Fashion & Interiors student at UCA. “It was valuable to speak to visitors about our work and receive positive comments and feedback. Overall, it was a good and confidence building day.”
"Exhibiting at Thread enabled students to experience each stage of being part of an external exhibition,” said Hannah White, Course Leader for BA (Hons) Textiles for Fashion & Interiors at UCA. “Students were selected and worked together with academic staff to produce a cohesive show in a relatively short time frame. The students gained a great deal from the show in terms of professional practice experience and it has helped them to prepare for the degree show and New Designers London show in the summer of 2015. I would like to thank the Farnham Maltings for giving the students the opportunity to exhibit".