James Bruce Textile Designer

Over 6 ft 8 tall, size 15 feet and always happy. James – ‘the friendly giant’ (don’t worry he is a close friend of mine) is a recent textile design graduate from Edinburgh College of Art where he gained a 1st class degree last year. His degree collection ‘Holocene Extinction’ is a definite reflection of James’s character. It is a vibrant wardrobe commenting on the evolution of man and the destruction of natural habitats in clashing colours contrasting patterns with hand drawn intricate imagery. He juxtaposed harsh structural forms of factories and urban buildings with delicately drawn animals exploring their pattern, texture and skeletal forms.He devoted hours to not only screenprinting his collection but also producing digital prints alongside spending hours embellishing the prints with stitching and beading (albeit while watching a good film!) His fur embroidered sample is definitely one that has to be seen and it went down a storm at New Designers! His degree collection is a massive fresh take on menswear and was nominated for the David Band award at Graduate Fashion Week.

 As other screenprinters will know it can be hard, manual graft but James’s height and strength make it look like a breeze (annoyingly!) as he produces prints in minutes and carts screens around the printroom as if they are as light as a feather! With strong drawing skills and a experimental approach James find inspiration in the bizarrest things(!) from the TV screen when it has no signal to graffiti and geometric patterns found on the street. With past work experience at Timorous Beasties and at George at Asda, for which he was the runner up in their Graduate Fashion Week National Competition 2011 for his childrenswear collection (some of his designs went into production and were beautiful girls dresses!), he seems to be working in his way into the textile field with ease.

In the past year James has worked on his own range of hand screenprinted scarves and t-shirts while broadening his portfolio with some interior design. He is currently an Artist in Residence at Edinburgh College of Art and is always there to help lend a hand or give his unique view.

Check out James’ creations on his tumblr http://jamesbruce786.tumblr.com/

 

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About Philippa Hill

Hello! I’m Philippa and I am a recent graduate from Edinburgh College of Art where I studied Textile Design. Since graduating I’ve interned and started my own mini craft company ‘De La Rue’. I’m currently an Artist in Residence at ECA and I cannot wait to showcase emerging talent from the beautiful city of Edinburgh! I came across the Born in Britain platform when my fashion collaboration with fellow student Marie Leiknes was blogged about last year and I am extremely excited to be an ambassador! I believe that we can leave a lot from British heritage and love uncovering things about the past that can influence the present and future. I love discovering things off the beaten track, traveling and finding that something a bit different! I am so keen to discover emerging talent from Edinburgh and showcase their amazing work. I think that every creative should deserve at least their 15 minutes of fame and ‘Born in Britain’ is the perfect project for this.

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