The Woolmark Company Texprint Award winner Tali Furman, with judges Nino Cerruti (front right), Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton (far back) of Agi & Sam.
Tali's work is underpinned by a passionate curiosity and a desire to continually strive to explore and understand more. Her designs bring ideas together in ways that are subtle yet dynamic and modern.
Also commended by the judges were Kaila Cox and Zana Ajvazi.
The Woolmark Company Texprint Award was judged by the globally renowned designer and head of Biella-based textile mill Lanficio Fratelli Cerruti, Nino Cerruti, together with Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton of the trend-setting menswear brand Agi & Sam.
The Woolmark Company Texprint Award winner Tali Furman (second from left), with judges Agi Mdumulla, Nino Cerruti and Sam Cotton.
The Woolmark Company Texprint Award encourages designers to use Merino wool and its award goes to an exceptional British-trained textile design graduate using at least 60 per cent Merino wool in an innovative manner, who has been selected to exhibit under the auspices of Texprint at Indigo/Première Vision.
"It has been a very difficult decision because all the candidates for The Woolmark Company Texprint Award had something interesting and unique to present," said Nino Cerruti. "So we decided to set the criteria of creativity, innovation and harmonious design, as well as of course respecting The Woolmark Company rule that the work must incorporate at least 60 per cent Merino wool.
"It is great to see a very high level of work from both a technical and creative point of view - especially to team creativity and energy resulting in ideas that become real practicable textiles."
Agi & Sam added, "It has been a great pleasure to judge The Woolmark Company Award with Nino Cerruti - our tastes came together despite our different generations. We all had the notion that if you have an identity it needs to be strong.
"We were looking for a combination of strong technical ability, creativity and cohesive designs. And there are lots of strong candidates amongst Texprint2014 alumni.
"Currently there is lots of interest in technology and different digital effects, however it is good to see older techniques such as screen-printing making a comeback, and that emerging designers understand and enjoy combining the old and new technologies."
The Woolmark Company is a longstanding supporter of Texprint. It awards the winner £1000 and an opportunity to work with all The Woolmark Company’s international offices for sourcing, support and trend direction. In addition, this year it will further support the winner through a dedicated area of the Texprint stand at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics - Autumn Edition in October - exposing the Texprint winner to buyers and manufacturers who attend this prestigious event from across the world. The Woolmark Company Texprint Award winner will exhibit their full collection.
"Texprint is unique; it's the only scheme that we are aware of that gives graduates a tangible and valuable industry experience so soon after graduating," explained The Woolmark Company Global Strategic Advisor Peter Ackroyd. "The Woolmark Company actively believes in education and has devoted time and resource so that this remains a priority. New talent is the future of our business. If The Woolmark Company could be a catalyst to greater industry interest in emerging talent then we believe our investment will have excellent returns."