TexSelect is the new name for Texprint. The name change is in response to the fact that, since its beginnings in 1972, Texprint has expanded its reach considerably. As well as print there are sections for weave, knit, pattern, color, interiors, designs with merino wool, and the advent of mixed media. To reflect on this change, a name to represent a wider range of high quality, creative textiles and a more diverse selection base was picked.
This organization gives UK textile designers mentoring and career support. Run as a charity by professionals in the industry, it relies on support from industry and institutions, some of the connections being longstanding, involving internationally renowned names and brands, charitable institutions, Premiere Vision, Woolmark and textile associations and major retailers.
The aim is to encourage originality, artistry and skills in textile design, always with a commercial edge. Over the years, centers of excellence have linked with Texprint, like the silk industry in Como, Italy. TexSelect’s unique set-up will build on an enormous amount of goodwill, ranging from the textile and fashion practitioners and experts who started it, to alumni press partners and now large numbers of followers on social media notably Instagram.
This year saw another year’s set of intriguing and exciting designs, using skills and techniques such as hand-dyeing, screen prints and embellishment. They could serve as a paradigm for what Texprint has become.