2014 graduate from Heriot Watt University, School of Textiles and Design
-1st Class honours BA (hons) Design for Textiles
specialised in Printed Textiles
2010 graduate from Cardonald College, Glasgow
Creative, driven and inquisitive printed textile designer emerging into the textile and interior design industry in Scotland. Having furthered her award winning graduate collection into high-end branded homewears and also developed the textile designs into eye-catching aluminium artworks , Rachel continues to develop her practice in the interior design sector. Progressing textile work into innovative aluminium artworks extends the context towards architects and interior designers alike.
2016 New Designers, One Year On, Part 2 Award Winner
2014 The Textile Society Lucienne Day Award for innovative textile design in graduate collection.
2014 Worshipful Company of Dyers Award for use of colour
2013 Worshipful Company of Dyers Award for use of colour
2013 1st Prize in TIgerprint Competition at Heriot Watt University
2012 Ede and Ravenscroft Prize for best second year honours student on a course in the School of Textiles and Design.
2016 New Designers, One Year On, Part 2 exhibitor and awardwinner
2015-16 Management and Buying experience
2014 New Designers Part 1 Graduate exhibitor
2014 Assisted with colour matching and dye mixing for Bernat Klein industry project.
2013 4 week Internship at Timorous Beasties studio in Glasgow.
2013 2 week placement at Tigerprint studio in Bradford
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If you are interested in Rachel or her work please get in touch, it would be great to hear from you.
TV Interview and feature of graduate degree show
ITV Border Life, Episode 20, 14th July 2014
Borders life filmed an inspiring feature on the work of iconic textile designer, Bernat Klein. Whilst visiting his old mill, now home to the School of Textiles and Design at Heriot Watt, Rachel was featured being interviewed on inspiration, influences and method behind her graduate collection of textile designs.
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Lucienne Day 2014 award announced
The Textile Society, homepage feature and biog in the 'past winners' section
'Rachel Howarth, a graduate from Heriot Watt University's Design for Textiles BA is the winner of this year's award Lucienne Day award.
Fiona Candy and Debra Roberts, the judges this year, were struck by Rachel's sleek, linear print style with gradated, merging colour imagery that gives an illusion of constant motion.
She has looked at many ways of working, including exploring the qualities of shibori using a kaleidoscopic digital camera and using dip dyeing technique with remarkable precision and multiple dyeing phases to build up subtle, ombre shades of colour. Her folio also contained a fusion of traditional and digital techniques and demonstrated her knowledge of material and colour, and professional application to interior and exterior architectural spaces.'
Design students scoop top UK awards
Heriot Watt News, 9th July 2014
'Rachel Howarth from Aberdeenshire was awarded The Textile Society Lucienne Day Award for her high-end interior design and art collection,....The accolades are among the most important in the UK for young design talent, recognising students for innovative and ground-breaking work......
Rachel, aged 23, who takes inspiration from bold colours and geometric architecture, was praised by the judges for her use of digital technology alongside more traditional dye techniques, as well as her innovative ideas around decorating corporate spaces and the exterior of buildings.'
New Designers One Year On
New Designers Part 2 Exhibitor, July 2016
Delighted to announce that Rachel Howarth Textile Design will be showcasing at New Designers One Year On later this year. Rachel will be showcasing new developments in her collections in Part 2 of the show.
'One Year On is a destination feature within New Designers that presents young, entrepreneurial designers who are in their first year of business. It runs across both Parts of the show and covers all disciplines. Those that exhibit go through a selection process, and are chosen on the strength of their work, flair and quality of product. One Year On is the place to go to buy directly from the selected designers and invest in the iconic furniture, fabric, jewellery and ceramics of the future.'
Event New Designers Part 2
Dates 06-09 July 2016
Location Business Design Centre, London
An emerging Scottish Textile Designer with love for colour, fabric and interiors.
The Interior Directory, May 2016
"New Desginers 2016: The Interior Directory's exclusive interview with Scottish textile designer, Rachel Howarth, who is showcasing her amazing patterned textile designs at New Designers 2016, London.
TID : Lets start with the person behind the amazing textile designer ?
RH : I am an emerging Scottish textile designer with a love for colour, fabric and interiors. I spent 4 years at Heriot Watt University in Galashiels, training in the print room and learning how to successfully apply pattern and colour to fabric by using traditional print methods like screen print but also combining these techniques with hand dyeing. The School of Textiles and Design has outstanding facilities and very knowledgable technicians, who pushed me to achieve industry standard fabrics that were not only commercial but brought something new to the table. I am proud to have graduated with a first class honours degree in 2014 and am delighted to have been awarded 2 fantastic prizes dedicated to my use of colour and my innovative textile designs within my graduate collection."
press and news
Best New Designers
Evening Standard, Homes and Property, June 2016, By Barbara Chandler
"London's New Designers Show:check out innovative pieces and immense talent at Islington's must-see design event.
Rachel Howarth, 25, a top textile graduate from Heriot-Watt University in the Scottish Borders, oozes ambition. "I want to build my own brand." she says...her exquisite cushions are on sale from £75 each — hand-dyed and screen-printed in silk and wool. Her newest venture is “aluminium art”, with digitally printed panels."
Written by Barbara Chandler
New Designers One Year On Award
New Designers Part 2 Award Winner, July 2016
Delighted to announce that Rachel Howarth Design was awarded the New Designers, One Year On prize at the Part 2 Showcase in the Business Design Centre, London
"Judges Comments: “We chose Rachel for her vision and ambition to progress in the application of her dynamic colour and pattern skills, and her material development, focus, and bravery to pursue her vision."
Award Prize: £500 from New Designers, 1 year free membership to Design Nation plus a Showcase Exhibition at the National Centre for Craft & Design, and 1 year free membership to The Design Trust Business Club plus a comprehensive online benefits package.
Winner’s comment: “I'm thrilled to have won the award. It will be a fantastic opportunity to help me launch my business.”"
New Designers- Are these the design stars of the future?
The Telegraph, Talib Choudhry, 8th July 2016
"The annual New Designers’ show consistently proves that the UK has no shortage of creative talent. Among the class of 2016 is a brilliant crop of designers with fresh ideas, many of which are realised using new technologies and traditional craftsmanship.
The One Year On section of the show – which runs until Saturday at the Business Design Centre in Islington, north London – presents entrepreneurial designers in their first year of business, selected by an independent panel of industry experts. Here are four standouts who are tipped to be design stars of the future...."
"It seems reductive to describe Howarth as a textile designer, for although she produces colourful, graphic fabrics and cushions, she also applies her contemporary patterns to all manner of surfaces. And despite being an accomplished screen printer, there is no smug evangelising about the superiority of the handmade on her part; Howarth has enthusiastically embraced the opportunities afforded by digital printing to apply her work to large surfaces such as wall murals aimed squarely at the lucrative interior design trade..."
Written by Talib Choudhry