Joseph Whitbread

We are honoured to work with Joseph Whitbread in our first collaboration with a Royal College of Art student which we have put in production.

An award winning pupil of Kirsty’s, Joe’s final degree show was chosen for the prestigious TexPrint award and with his skilful designs he is definitely on the path to making a name for himself in the world of weave.

Joseph felt a draw to the world of design from a young age, doodling fashion illustrations in the conducive artistic surroundings of his interior decorating mother and graphic designing father.

As is often the case with weavers, Joseph studied both Arts and science but at A levels showed an interest in Politics.

However, the draw of the arts proved irresistible and Joseph was lucky to get a place at St. Martins for a foundation course followed by a textile degree at Falmouth University, a corner of excellence in the world of weave and knit design. Here he was lured by the loom, the meticulous nature of weave appealed as well as the potential to create endless outcomes by changing the patterns of warp and weft threads. Following graduation Joe applied to study textiles at the most prestigious Royal College of Art where his talents secured a place on the 2 year MA Textile Design course.

Joseph is influenced by upbeat individuals the world over, from gregarious and colourfully plumed bee-eaters of Central Africa to the exotic stars of rock embodied by Bowie and Prince. In addition his course work led to detailed analysis of the classic menswear tropes of the 20th century and the weave designs of cloths from the 1920’s and 30’s, especially William Watson’s influential book on colour and weave.

We first saw Joseph’s work during a mid term assessment earlier this year and were very impressed by his sense of colour and the technical deflected double cloth lifting patterns he had devised. The Dashing team then asked if he would like to produce a guest design to sit along side our AW17 fabric collections. Fortuitously our selected palette including oranges and turquoise blues in common with his inspirational bee-eaters and as you can see below the results speak of themselves.