How Owen Jones put colour back into design

Art, design and architecture used to be the domain of pure white, from columns to marble sculptures. That was until British designer Owen Jones changed everything, with his focus on colours and the patterns we see in our everyday lives. Diane Dean reports on his enduring legacy.  With thanks to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for this feature and audio. 

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SDC International Design Competition – UK final at Material World

20140617-DSCF8453Daniel Matthews, a final year Surface Design student at Huddersfield University has won the UK final of the SDC International Design Competition. He goes forward to the grand final which will be held in China later this year.

The UK final took place as part of Material World, held at the Houses of Parliament in London. This prestigious event had been fully booked for several weeks and brought together MPs and Lords, alongside academia and industry, to highlight and discuss the challenges and opportunities for the textile industry in the UK. It included several keynote speakers.

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Difficult Cotton Bottomwear Shades

Dave Ablard, Global Head – Marketing for Jay Chemical Industries Ltd highlights some common technical problems.  Can you suggest any solutions?

Have you found it difficult to find reactive dyestuffs for cold pad-batch and pad-dry-chemical pad-steam processes which will give acceptable results on 100% cotton peach fabric?

You are not alone, because many dyehouses experience one or more of the following problems in difficult medium to heavy tertiary bottomwear shades:-

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