Name:

Chantal Balmer Allen BA (Hons) Textiles

Job Title:

Weave & Jacquard Technician

Department:

Technical Support

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Jacquard woven structures
by Chantal Balmer Allen

Jacquard woven structures

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Chantal Balmer Allen

As a Weave Technician at GSA my role involves an appropriate balance of technical workshops, demonstrations, inductions, machine maintenance and CAD training. As well as provision of a supervised workshop and advising students in the pursuit of innovative solutions to creative design ideas.

Demonstrating the safe use of machinery, equipment, materials and processes in line with GSA’s current practices and regulations. Whilst also keeping up to date with the latest textile technologies, software and trends.

Graduating in 2001 from The Glasgow School of Art, I studied textiles, focusing on weave as my specialism. I then went on to work as a member of the Fashion and Textiles technical team at GSA.

In 2006 I took one year sabbatical leave to explore my intrigue of Jacquard woven structures and examined how current technologies were used, taught and produced in India. Since returning I have gained various awards and achievements, from winning the 2011 Honda’s Made in Britain competition, receiving a scholarship fund from the Trades House of Glasgow - Incorporation of Weavers and in 2013 was awarded a finalist in the Craft and Design Selected Awards.

Recently I have established Warped Textiles, my own textile label which specialising in high quality woven home-ware accessories. Sampling of my unique collection is done house, where fabrics are developed on my hand and computer loom before working with local mills to produce small batches of cloth. I believe in sourcing the best materials and working with leading British manufacturers to ensure expertise and tradition. A products provenance is highly important to me as is the passion for both British design and craftsmanship. Producing heirloom like, beautiful, luxurious, and practical textiles for the modern home.