Kirsty McDougall Design for British Textile Week
Kirsty McDougall Textile Design is a consultancy focusing on the design and development of woven textiles. The studio produces a seasonal collection of dobby and Jacquard fabric designs for fashion and interior markets and consults on fabric development and design for a range of customers from haute couture fashion, interior design companies, mid-market fashion brands, mills and manufacturers to trend and CMF. The studio also hand makes production and works with a range of partner mills to manufacture larger quantities.
Kirsty McDougall Textile Design has recently launched ReWeave, a new system of recycling and transforming pattern cutting waste and last season’s left-over fabric into new and exciting woven textiles.
Kirsty comments on the development of their latest collection: “We have been working on a collection of dobbies, tweed and Jacquard with a focus on contrasting textures and colour. We have been fluctuating between simple, minimal and structural cloths and highly coloured and textured fabrics with a sense of saturation and abandon.
ReWeave prototypes are woven in black and white including fil coupe techniques, the re-weaving of printed fabrics to create new possibilities in pattern, structured decorative techniques and plain fabrics in varied weights. The designer can choose a technique from the prototype library and this can then be developed in our studio or with one of our partner manufacturers in their own waste fabrics. We have sourced warp yarns that are recycled in wool, cotton and denim.”
On the effects of lockdown Kirsty adds: “Lockdown has changed the way we operate exponentially. We would typically be travelling at least twice a month with our collection and instead we have been meeting via zoom, which has its challenges in terms of woven textiles. In light of what has been happening with the fashion industry we have been concentrating on small bespoke projects for fashion, developing our interiors fabrics further and are embarking on a new interior product range.
Lockdown has also given us time to develop ReWeave- a new concept in woven design and a system of recycling textiles from pattern cutting waste and leftover fabric.”
UKFT’s British Textile Week is a digital showcase of the craftsmanship, imagination and innovation of the UK textile industry.