Tyram Lakes Resort Humberside Collaborates with Armani

DEEP in the Humberside Peatlands, Hatfield Moor and the National Nature Reserve in South Yorkshire, a revolutionary development is opening in the world of eco-friendly holidays.  The Tyram Lakes Hotel, Spa and Resort which is not only a hotel and spa, but will be developed to include 325 eco-lodges within approximately 65 acres of lakes and 100 acres of natural woodlands.

Employing state-of-the-art ecological and eco-friendly technology, the resort aims to provide a peaceful escape in the most natural of habitats, with some of the lodges being floating structures on the lakes. The hotel itself is designed by Den Architecture in association with Baca Architects, who are experts in eco-friendly and amphibious developments.

As well as this world-renowned fashion brand, Armani, is now playing a role in the design of a selection of exclusive lodges within the resort, making The Tyram Lake Resort and Spa the first Armani development within the UK.

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The Tyram Lakes Hotel, Spa and Resort

The managing director of Rothglen, the company behind the project, Daulton Byfield, says, “The Tyram Lakes Hotel, Spa&Resort will be the first of its type in the UK. We are planning to invest £25m to create a first class eco holiday village where visitors can relax amongst nature and enjoy a quiet break from hectic modern life.”

by Daisy Sewell

The Tyram Lakes Hotel, Spa and Resort, Bawtry Road, Hatfield Woodhouse, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN7 6DR
Opening times:  Mon to Fri, 09.30 – 17.30

Tel:  +44(0)1302 247940

New Lanark Partners with London Fashion and Textiles Museum

INTERNATIONAL travelling exhibition Artist Textiles – Picasso to Warhol from London’s Fashion and Textile Museum will be showcasing at World Heritage Site, New Lanark, Scotland at the beginning of next year.

Artist Textiles has been touring London, the Netherlands, USA and Canada since 2014 and will now be displayed at New Lanark’s new exhibition galley. The show takes a look at the history of 20th century textile art, including the works of Henri Matisse, Salvador Dali, Barbara Hepworth and Andy Warhol. Presented also will be the personal collection of British designer Zandra Rhodes, including the work of leading fashion designers and manufacturers.

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Influenced by major European and American art movements, including Cubism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art, the collection of over 200, many unique and previously unseen pieces reveal how people were able to express themselves, through modern art, clothing and furnishings.

Dennis Nothdruft, curator of the Fashion and Textiles Museum and exhibition developer, states “this exhibition highlights the importance of the textile industry in the dissemination and promotion of contemporary art.  Manufacturers and mills had the foresight to work with painters and sculptors to develop beautiful fabrics that democratized modern art for the masses.”

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New Lanark World Heritage Site, founded in 1785 by David Dale and Richard Arkwright was previously an 18th century cotton spinning mill village. Located near to Glasgow and Edinburgh, New Lanark enjoyed spinning success until 1968. Now a registered Scottish charity, New Lanark has been undergoing renovation to restore the village to its former working glory and attracting over 300,000 visitors per year.

Scott McCauley, New Lanark Trust Chief Executive, said “we are very proud that Artist Textiles – Picasso to Warhol will make its Scottish debut at New Lanark in 2018, officially launching New Lanark’s brand new Temporary Exhibition Gallery.”

by Pierra George-Robertson

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Artist Textiles – Picasso to Warhol will show from 26 January – 29 April 2018

The exhibition will be held in a new exhibition gallery within one of New Lanark’s 18th century cotton mill buildings.

Find Details of New Lanark’s daily guided tours, printmaking workshops, textile design competition, meals and gift shops here

The Fashion and Textile Museum, founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes in 2003, is part of Newham College London – one of Europe’s largest further education colleges and is the only museum in the UK solely dedicated to showcasing developments in contemporary fashion.

The Fashion and Textile Museum offers an exciting programme of exhibitions and displays throughout the year, alongside an array of talks, events and workshops with industry professionals.

Graduate Fashion Week Launch Protégé Project, Showcasing Graduate Talent

THE PROTÈGÈ PROJECT launched by Graduate Fashion Week, an event hosted in London each June, aims to aid and support award winners and BA fashion graduates enter into the industry.

Graduate Fashion Week managing and creative director, Martyn Roberts, and acclaimed fashion journalist Hilary Alexander OBE, will give masterclasses at universities across the country to educate and guide students, assisting them in creating strong and consistent portfolios and collections. The masterclasses also hope to show current fashion students how GFW can support their careers within the fashion industry.

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Creative Claire Tagg, M&S Womenswear Award runner up and Daniel Rynne, Debenhams Menswear Award winner both participated in GFW17. Give interviews detailing their successes and aspirations for the next steps in their careers and their work with major British fashion retailers.

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This October, Graduate Fashion Week will be taking 11 graduates, including award winners to Fashion Forward Dubai, the Middle East’s largest fashion event. There, the designers will present their collections to an audience of international fashion devotees.

by Pierra George-Robertson

Front Page Image: Claire Tagg, Graduate Collection 2017, UCA Rochester

View Graduate Fashion Week Masterclass dates here

See interviews, images, and videos here

Graduate Fashion Week 2018 will showcase at the Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, East London from June 3-6 2018

Fashion Scout Opens Showcase Applications for LFW AW18

INTERNATIONAL and UK designers are now invited to apply to the largest independent fashion showcase, Fashion Scout LFW AW18. Taking place during London Fashion Week, the showcase is open to emerging, established an international creative talent.

Following the success of the designs at the most recent Fashion Scout LFW SS18, it’s a good time to reflect on backstage style and creativity. A total of 38 catwalk looks were composed for each of the inspiring collections, with hair and makeup looks created by official sponsors, Toni & Guy (hair) and Kryolan (makeup). The bold styles feature fierce, teased hair and block coloured eyeshadow.

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Billie Jacobina and EDDA (Edda Gimnes), winners of the SS18 Merit Awards, present their collections with backstage videos. Fashion Illustration course leader at the London College of Fashion, Sue Dray featured as artist in residence at the showcase. Dray created multiple, live drawings for each show, from the designer’s catwalk collections.

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The showcase will also include an interview with Indian designer, Rocky Star. His SS18 collection displaying vibrant colours and animal prints, combined with classic silhouettes. The interview will focus on his thoughts on the show and the inspiration for his works.

im3lfwAn image by artist Sue Dray. Photograph: Stephan, 2017

by Pierra George-Robertson

Front Page Image: Kryolan, Leaf Xia, photograph by Rory James

See a selection of short films, backstage videos  and full shows from Fashion Scout SS18 here

London Fashion Week 2018 takes place from February 16-20
Tickets for London Fashion Week 2018 are available here

Northern Design Festival Returns this November

THE NORTHERN Design Festival opens next month with the theme Material Matters. The festival comprises of exhibitions, talks and workshops and is curated by Design Event, a non-profit arts enterprise which supports artists and designers working throughout the north of England, and organise the festival to promote and sell their work.

This year’s festival will showcase over 50 designers in nine exhibitions and prominent artists in the fashion, textiles, illustration, architecture, ceramics, furniture and lighting industries will show alongside local young creatives. The Material Matters exhibition features fashion, interior and graphic design by Newcastle college students, and the Chairs and Lamps exhibition will present work by the 3D Design students of Northumbria University.

Festival Director Karen Nairstone with 2017 designs at the Assembly House. Photograph courtesy of Sasa Savic

The festival will be held predominantly at The Assembly House in Newcastle, as well as five other venues across Newcastle and Gateshead.

Low Ken Stool and Circular Harry Table by Godfrey Syrett featured in the Design Source exhibition

Events will begins with Design NOW, a one-day symposium held in partnership with the Northern Design Centre and supported by Different, Newcastle College and G.F Smith. Speakers include graphic designer, artist and printmaker Anthony Burrill and graphic designer, speaker and writer Sarah Hyndman.

Scheduled tours and talks include BoConcept Newcastle, who will be sharing insights into their use of heritage materials for individuality and customisation.

Jewellery by Chloe Lewis featured in the Design Source exhibition 

New to the schedule this year is Design Source, a selling exhibition for interior design buyers and professionals curated by a panel of industry experts.

by Rosie Byers

Northern Design opens on November 3 until November 8, from 10-5pm. For full programme and venue details visit here

Tickets are £2.50 for unlimited exhibition entry, or free for under 18s and staff places on educational group visits. Early Bird tickets for Design NOW are available for purchase from here for £53.

The Northern Design Festival is organised in partnership with Newcastle College, Northumbria University and Cleveland College of Art & Design. It is also funded by brands including BoConcept, Ryder, NBS and GF Smith, industry bodies Arts Council England, the RIBA and UK Crafts Council, and regional businesses including Northern Design Centre, Abercrombies, Cool Blue, RASKL, Newcastle Arts Centre, Different, Potts Printers, Durham Gin, and creative agency JUMP.

The V&A Presents Fashion In Motion: Phoebe English

LUXURY BRITISH, women’s and menswear label Phoebe English will be the next designer to feature in Fashion In Motion, this October at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Fashion In Motion will highlight the precise beauty of six years of Phoebe English’s collections. Made in England, the Phoebe English, label deploys lost and rarely used garment construction and fabrication techniques, embodying the mark of the maker.

pe1Phoebe English AW17 Presentation. Photograph: Polly Brown

The fashion collections will be centred within set designs, produced to capture the imagination and involve the viewer, setting the label apart from trend led, mass-made fashion design. The collections are aimed toward a balance between design and craft. A pop up shop of selected garments, specially crafted pieces for the V&A and unique exclusive works to be sold at V&A promotional prices will feature as part of the show.

English says, “Taking part in Fashion in Motion has a particular significance to me, as the V&A was the museum in which I decided to follow my interest in fashion. It is the building where my love for clothing and design were contextualised into a tangible practice and pathway”

After debuting her first fashion collection and graduating from Central Saint Martins with an MA from their Fashion Programme, English won several awards including L’Oréal’s Professional Creative Award, the Chloe Award and the Ungaro bursary. This collection was also picked up by luxury fashion shop, Dover Street Market London.

pe3Phoebe English AW17 Presentation. Photograph: Polly Brown

In 2013, The Centre for Fashion Enterprise awarded English a mentoring and sponsorship as part of the coveted Venture Programme. And two years later, Forbes listed English in the 30 under 30, influential Art and Style category and her menswear line, Phoebe English MAN, was awarded the NEWGEN Award by the British Fashion Council.

Inspiring designers, students and researchers, the V&A  is home to some of the UK’s biggest national, fashion collections along with unique and comprehensive collections of world fashion spanning the last four centuries.

V&A fashion curator, Oriole Cullen says, “Phoebe English is a designer for whom the presentation of her work is an integral part of her design process. For each of her collections she creates intriguing and beautiful scenarios in which to showcase her designs. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Phoebe as part of the V&A Fashion in Motion programme, particularly as she has previously used the Museum as a source of inspiration for her collections”

pe2Phoebe English AW17 Presentation. Photograph: Polly Brown

Catwalk shows from leading, international fashion designers bring their collections to V&A Fashion In Motion, to show fashion garments moving and animated, as they should be seen. Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier and Christian Lacriox are some of the designers previously showcased at the museum.

by Pierra George-Robertson

Featured Image: Phoebe English, Autumn Winter 17 Presentation, photo: Polly Brown.

Fashion In Motion: Phoebe English opens October 20. Tickets are available online. Admission is free.
The exhibition will be shown in the Raphael Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL


Joy of Living Charity Auction For Maggie’s Centres Opens

THIS SEPTEMBER, Charity Project Joy of Living returns to One Poultry, City of London. Uniting over 100 designers, architects and artists, whose work is to be sold to raise funds for Maggie’s Centres. The charity helps people to cope with the impact of a cancer diagnosis, to continue to live in hope and with determination and to find a life beyond cancer.

The third event for the charity, held by design author and long-time supporter of Maggie’s, Max Fraser hopes to raise more than £80,000 for the charity, stating “after a very personal, emotional journey as I supported my mother through her six-year battle with cancer, I vowed to contribute in some way to mankind’s fight against this disease”.

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Emerging and established designers have been asked to create and donate one-off pieces, expressing the joy of living. Using only three pieces of differently coloured paper supplied by G.F Smith from their Colourplan range.

A number of talented, creative individuals have donated their artworks including designers: Jasper Morrison, Fredrikson Stallard, Barber & Osgerby, Tom Dixon, Ross Lovegrove, Eley Kishimoto and Ilse Crawford, works by architects: John Pawson, Ivan Harbour and Steven Holl, jewellery designers: Hannah Martin and Jade Jagger and pieces from artists Daniel Eatock, Rolf Sachs and Jake and Dinos Chapman.

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Each of the designers were provided with three A4 coloured sheets, randomly selected from 12 colours. The artists can manipulate the paper in any way they choose and are to write a short description about what inspired them. The signed works will be displayed anonymously, with the creator unrevealed until after purchase. The artwork should invoke an emotional response within the buyer, regardless of the name behind it. The inspiration for this design challenge and the Joy of Living project itself came from a thought shared by Maggie Keswick, charity founder “above all what matters is not to lose the joy of living in the fear of dying”

Speaking about the event, held at the Grade II, postmodern, listed building One Poultry, designed by James Stirling. Laura Lee, Chief Executive at Maggie’s explained “the design of our buildings, landscape and interiors is integral to offering the best possible support to people with cancer and their family and friends”. The charity has opened 21 centres in 21 years, across the UK with the support of Max Fraser and the Joy of Living project. Lee further stating, “good design is core to our belief in the best psychological support and partnering with the design industry means we can constantly learn what the best design looks like”


Anonymous for Maggie’s Centres, Joy of Living project

For this year’s event Max Fraser has collaborated with friend, Aynsley Munsie and Amy Bicknell, project co-ordinator, along with various other generous supporters. All proceeds from the artworks sale will go to Maggie’s Centres Charity.

by Pierra George-Robertson

Front Page Image: Joy of Living project for Maggie’s Centres, Anonymous

Joy of Living will be exhibited at One Poultry from September 5-10, from 10am – 7pm

All artwork is available to view and bid at Maggie’s Centres

View on location at One Poultry from September 5

Donate to Maggie’s Centres.

John Makepeace Celebrates 40 Years of Parnham College with book

THIS September marks the 40-year anniversary of the opening of Parnham College – the pioneering, highly influential, globally regarded design college founded in 1977 by the equally eminent John Makepeace. The occasion, which represents a milestone not only for the college but for the career of Makepeace himself, is to be celebrated with the publication of Beyond Parnham – a visually stunning tome which reflects upon the remarkable impact that the school has had, and indeed continues to have, on the field of contemporary design.


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Makepeace’s simply phenomenal career can be traced back to the fascination for woodwork he exhibited from a remarkably young age. He began carpentry classes at the age of six and visited various factories and workshops which provided the inspiration which was to foster his creativity and come to determine his professional aspirations. After having completed an apprenticeship under Keith Cooper, Makepeace soon established his own furniture making workshop, the output of which earnt the young craftsman national acclaim and was distinguished by an eccentric, somewhat unconventional aesthetic.

“I have a strong rebellious streak – as an artist, designer and maker. I am constantly searching for more eloquent concepts for furniture. My objective is to achieve freer, lighter, stronger and more sculptural forms expressed through each unique commission,” he says. In the 1970s, Makepeace became a founder trustee of the Crafts Council which sought to promote the work of artist-craftsmen, though his work for the Council only made him more aware of the inadequacies in existing training schemes for those wanting to pursue career in the sector.


Parnham Anniversary Celebration, The Design Museum LondonSome Parnham College Alumni

This was precisely what prompted him in 1976, to purchase Parnham House in Dorset. He intended to renovate the stunning Tudor Manor and to turn it into an establishment that would firstly, provide larger studios for the growing team he employed, secondly to establish workshops and teaching facilities for aspiring furniture makers, and thirdly, to open the historic house to the public with exhibitions of contemporary art and design.

Since it opened, the college has fostered the careers of several world-famous designers such as Konstantin Gric, David Linley, Sean Sutcliffe, Juliane Trummer, Jake Phipps and Verena Wriedt to name but a few.



John Makepeace speaking at the Parnham Anniversary Celebration, The Design Museum LondonJohn Makepeace speaking at the Design Museum

Makepeace’s remarkable career culminated in his being granted an OBE for his services to furniture design, which was followed by the Prince Philip Designers Prize, a Lifetime Achievement Award and the Award of Distinction from the American Furniture Society and the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award to be granted by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers. The 40th anniversary of Parnham is yet another accomplishment for the Briton, who has significantly influenced the world of international design through not only his own creations, but through those of the alumni whom he has nurtured also.

The book will officially be launched at the British Design Museum in early September at an event with speakers including Richard Sennett, John Makepeace, Glenn Adamson and Catharine Rossi who will talk about the importance of making, design and the future of craftsmanship.

by Hannah Bergin

A small number of copies of Beyond Parnham are available now at the special price of £30 (plus £5pp). To buy one please visit Makepeace’s website

Copies are also available for sale from the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Design Museum. For information about the book and to reserve your copy, please email

A limited edition of the book will be published in September 2017 retailing at £35 (plus £5pp)

The Beyond Parnham launch at the British Design Museum will take place on September 5,  2017 at 18:15 until 19:45.
For more details and to book your place, please go to this link or visit Design Museum.



West Dean College Supports Red List For Endangered Crafts in UK

HERITAGE crafts such as making clogs, pianos and blocks for millinery are still produced in Britain – but only just. Recent research by The Heritage Craft Association (HCA) reveals that many of Britain’s traditional craft skills are in decline and in some cases, no longer practised.  The Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts is the title of the new project launched by HCA, supported by the Radcliffe Trust, which endeavours to oversee the viability of heritage craft skills on a regular basis. Their research reveals that the emergence of new technologies and an ageing workforce affect the viability of some craft practices but a lack of affordable workshops, training courses and business skills compromise others.

Heritage Craft Association, West Dean College, heritage crafts, Red ListWest Dean College student, Stacey Hibberd. Photograph courtesy of Christopher Ison

At present, Britain is one of the few countries that have chosen not to back UNESCO’s convention regarding the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage which supports craft skills. Greta Bertram, who led the research, has highlighted the need this month for increased government funding said, “For too long we have been bounced between heritage – which means historic buildings and museums – and arts – things that you can put on a shelf and admire.”

Heritage Craft Association, West Dean College, heritage crafts, Red ListWest Dean College student, Francesca Levey. Photograph courtesy of Christopher Ison

West Dean College in Chichester, who support the new Red List proposals have launched a brand new foundation degree in Historic Craft Practice which teaches metalwork, furniture, musical instrument-making and horology. The horology course includes a project for making an 18th century clock.

Heritage Craft Association, West Dean College, heritage crafts, Red ListWest Dean College student, Fons Vogel. Photograph courtesy of Christopher Ison

Apart from teaching crafts practice and tool-making, the course also endeavours to equip students with valuable business skills. Francine Norris, the Director for Education at West Dean College which specialises in conservation and creative arts education and is validated by the University of Sussex, said, “We hope the List will raise awareness of our rich craft heritage and encourage people to consider learning traditional skills many of which are still relevant today.”

by Miranda Charalambous

Front page image: West Dean College horology student. Photograph courtesy of Christopher Ison





Tickets Announced For New Designers 2017, Business Design Centre

NEW DESIGNERS, UK’s most important trade exhibition for emerging talent which open to the public, has announced  that tickets are now available for this year’s show. Now in its 32nd edition, New Designers is one of the most prominent industry shows thanks to its unique blend of design education, consumers and industry all mixed together to celebrate emerging talent. Taking place this June at the Business Design Centre, Islington,  the event is renowned for kick-starting the careers by providing a promotional platform for young creatives.

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Divided into two parts, the exhibition introduces over 3,000 design graduates to the wider public and also gives the visitors the chance to purchase their creations.

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The first three days will present the latest talent in textiles and fashion, costume design, jewellery and metalwork, ceramics and glass and contemporary design crafts. The following days will feature exhibitors in the disciplines of furniture, product and industrial design, spatial design and interiors, graphic design, illustration, animation, motion and digital arts.

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As New Designers’ organisers strive to show completely new content each year, and also includes a One Year On retrospective presenting the progress of  exhibitors from previous years.

by Magda McCrimmon

New Designers  is on from June 28 until July 8, 2017

Tickets are now available  here