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Brintons supports Chelsea College of Art and Design Graduate Show

21st June 2013

Ffion Griffith, a final year weave student at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London approached Brintons for some help with her degree show in June. Ffion wanted some woven carpets made, which were based on her fabric designs and we were only too happy to help. Dr Mike Burton, Brintons Engineering R&D Manager worked with Ffion to make her designs a reality.

The focus of Ffion’s project was to use wool in woven products such as blankets and upholstery fabric. Visually, she based the designs on a re-interpretation of traditional Welsh weaving techniques, which are rapidly disappearing as more mills are unfortunately closing. Ffion wanted to raise awareness of the wealth of British skill which would be lost if techniques such as Welsh double-cloth ceased to exist.

Ffion recently met the Prince of Wales and was given the opportunity to discuss her concerns, the Prince gave her his assurance that the industry can be promoted and hopefully preserved by the efforts of young designers like her.

Ffion visited Wool House at Somerset House in March this year and was impressed by our collaboration with designer Cristian Zuzunaga. Brintons worked with Cristian to produce a 100 foot runner for the event which was curated by the Campaign for Wool. Ffion was inspired by the colour and graphical nature of the runner which she felt gave it great presence. It was with this in mind that she began thinking how her woven fabrics would lend themselves well to a larger scale as they too are quite bold and feature angular patterning.

Ffion was delighted with the carpets that Brintons produced of her designs and her final year degree show was a great success.

Image top right: Ffion Griffith with her final year display

Image top left: One of Ffion's designs

Image left: Ffion's design made in to carpet

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