Surface Pattern and Textiles

Millie Rothera and Vanessa Plews in Conversation with Clare Lane

A conversation between designers Vanessa Plews and Millie Rothera with provocations from Clare Lane. Hosted by Jane Kay
Vanessa Plews. Artist and textile designer.
Vanessa has been creating designs for printed textiles, particularly clothing, for household names since the late 1970s both as a freelance designer and a director of her own business. The designs shown here are from an archive created over thirty years or more and have informed and continue to influence Vanessa’s recent practice in creating textile accessories.
Millie Rothera: designer. Millie is a contemporary surface pattern designer and a recent graduate from Leeds Arts University. Millie hand screen prints many of her designs onto natural fabrics. Much of her current collection is designed in a grid structure as a nod to the Bauhaus and the art of weaving.
Clare Lane: artist and studio holder at Sunny Bank Mills. Clare is a Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Textile Design course at Leeds Arts University
Jane Kay: Arts Director at Sunny Bank Mills. Curator of the Potential of Pattern.
Part one: Sustainability/Identity/Fashion
Part 2: ideas/inspiration/colour
 Part 3: Problem Solving/ Trends/Social Media/Forecasting
 Part 4: Studio/ To Do Lists/ Failure!

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