We were blown away when the Fashion Formula team visited the New Designers Pt 1 show last week – the leading exhibition for showcasing emerging New talent from the top UK (and some European) Universities and colleges. From large and expansive stands from Leeds College of Art, Loughborough and Nottingham Trent to universities and colleges exhibiting for the first time - the show was a print and pattern makers dream come true.
The quality from the students was amazing, as they merged traditional screen-printing techniques with modern digital printing onto fabrics and wallpaper. We especially loved the skill of one student who hand sketched and painted a wallpaper and hand-gilded the paper with gold leaf in the recesses, like a golden devore. The show growing focus on digital and digital-mixed designs pays testament to the expanding knowledge and skills of this sector of the educators and dedicated tutors who embrace this growing medium.
We had great fun chatting to the students, and introducing Fashion Formula, our custom digital fabric and wallpaper printing company and its offerings. Students and young designers were particularly excited to learn about how they can easily create a shop, upload their designs and sell them onto products for commission.
Moreover, as Fashion Formula will host the mini shop, print and fulfil any orders and pay the commission directly, it meant that Designers and new graduates avoid the costly trap of putting products into stock, designing a website and trying to sell them. We all know that starting out in textile design is often a labour of love and passion, and that, financially, every little bit helps.
New and young Designers are what Fashion Formula was designed for - to showcase the best and brightest talents in the illustration, graphic design, surface pattern and design world.
We are off again tomorrow to visit the second part of the show - and are super excited what we shall see this time round. If you are there, let us know on Instagram @fashionformulauk and we will try and visit your stand.
See some of the latest designers on our site in the Fashion Formula Shop
A few of our favourite images below - from Somerset College, AUB, Greys School of Art, Katie Punton and Aidan Whitley (Leeds CA), Peter Chisnall (Northbrook College) and more