Work in Progress Exhibition
Janet Best, Fashion Colourist, was invited to this recent show at the Royal College of Arts as a representative of the SDC. She reports on the event.
The event took place in the Department of Textiles. Professor Clare Johnston is Head of Programme, and her welcome on the RCA website puts the textiles programme in context:
This fantastic piece of equipment looks like it’s come straight from the set of a 1950s science fiction B-movie. With its tiny oscilloscope screen and seemingly hundreds of dials, switches, buttons, lights and meters this machine attracts plenty of attention from visitors to the SDC Colour Experience. Its official title is a Davidson and Hemmendinger 1958 Colourant Mixture Computer, but it’s generally known as the COMIC. COMIC was the first analogue computer for predicting dye recipes to create a desired colour.
In partnership with the Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC), KK Bespoke Schoolwear – which designs high-spec school uniforms manufactured in-house in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland –launched a competition open to design students and recent graduates in Ireland.
The brief: to create a collection for the bespoke schoolwear market. The aim: to help highlight the lack of young blood entering the profession and, in particular, the discrepancy between university courses and the skill set that the industry requires. The competition’s winner was Toni Doherty, a fashion and textile design graduate from the University of Ulster, who has since been working for KK Bespoke Schoolwear. A year on after winning the competition, Doherty reviews what she’s learnt.