On our course at the V&A, students are progressing with their Diaghilev & the Ballets Russes-inspired scarf and cushion designs.

Here is some of the work in silk before the final upcycling stage:

This week, digital textile design expert, Melanie Bowles, gave participants a fascinating introduction to the application of digital print in fashion, with particular focus on
‘the engineered print’.

Melanie also explained how digital print is bringing back local industry, reducing US cotton exports to China and stimulating home-grown designers and textile production while consuming 30% less water than silkscreen printing.

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