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Tim Parry-Williams

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Personal statement

Tim is a designer, maker, consultant, researcher, curator and lecturer, but first and foremost a passionate weaver.

Initially trained at Surrey Institute of Art and Design Farnham (now UCA) and later in Japan, Tim has worked on an extensive portfolio of projects with leading designers and makers, industrial partners, traditional craft weavers and museums.

While contributing to exhibitions, conferences, and project development nationally and internationally, he has sustained a studio practice focussing on the making of high-end functional textiles for fashion accessories, interiors, and applied-art.

Textiles portfolio

Practice broadly combines studio hand weaving and collaborative design for industry. Chief interests are in materials and yarn properties, and work isn't immediately concerned with pattern or even colour, but explores the regularly unseen aspects of design through the deeper values and potentials of materials, construction and finish.

Studio production involves exploratory and focused sampling, where aesthetics steer material ideas into a whole. Work is often speculative, reflecting contemporary cycles of research, or inspiration, and usually results in limited or unit production of fashion accessories or textiles for interiors.

Industrial work is centered on fashion fabric developments, and employs a broad, systematic approach of rigorous applied research, based on very specific project focuses. These are usually materials-led, and explore structural and spacial conditions, and finish applications to exploit or subvert inherent characteristics of yarns employed.

Academic qualifications

  • MA in Art and Design - Textiles, The Surrey Institute of Art and Design University College (and, Okinawa Prefectural University of the Arts, Japan)

  • BA (Hons) Woven Textiles: FIRST CLASS, The Surrey Institute of Art and Design University College

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Board of Trustees, Crafts Study Centre, Farnham
  • Member of the Acquisitions Panel, Crafts Study Centre, Farnham
  • Member of the Board of Trustees, Stroudwater Textile Trust
  • Member, Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen

Other external roles

  • Artist/Designer in Residence: Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway Feb 2016
  • Appointed: Founder Member, F.I.R.E (Fashion, Innovation, Research, Evolution), LUA, Dec 2015
  • Texprint Selection Panelist, June 2015
  • Crafts Council UK:
    • Mentor - Crafts Council Hothouse programme 2014
    • Guest Speaker/Business Review Panellist - Crafts Council Hothouse (Southwest) programme Jan/May 2013
  • Academic Validation:
    • Panel Member, OUVS Validation: CertHE/FD/BA(Hons) Fashion Design + CertHE/FD/BA(Hons) Interior Textiles and Surface Design, Somerset College of Arts and Technology, March 2015
    • External Advisor, 5year Validation: BA(Hons) Fashion and Textile Design, Southampton University (WSA), November 2014
    • Panel Member, OUVS Revalidation: BA(Hons)Printed Textiles and Surface Design/BA(Hons) Fashion, Leeds College of Art and Design, January 2012
    • Appointed: Panel Member, OUVS Validation/Revalidation: BA(Hons)Fashion/FD Fashion, Plymouth College of Art and Design, May 2011
    • Appointed:
    • Visiting Professor/Consultant, SHUTTLE: Advanced Master Class Woven Textile Design, University for Art and Design Linz/Textile Centre Haslach, Austria, 2012-14 www.ufg.ac.at/shuttle.8172.0.html
  • Peer Reviewer for the Arts and Humanities Research Councils Research Grants (Standard) scheme, February 2010
  • Consultant/Lecturer: Trial SHUTTLE: Advanced Master Class Woven Textile Design, University for Art and Design, Linz/Textile Centre Haslach, Haslach, Austria, 14th-19th April 2011
  • Visiting/Guest Lecturer at national and international HE Institutions including:
    • University of the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK
    • Herriot Watt University (Galashiels), UK
    • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA 
    • Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Canada
    • Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada
    • Tokyo Zoukei University, Tokyo, Japan (Japanese)
    • Meijiro College of Fashion, Tokyo, Japan (Japanese)
    • UEDA College of Fashion, Osaka, Japan (Japanese)
    • Kawashima Textile School, Kyoto, Japan
    • FAD School, Pune, India
  • Curriculum consultant, Huron University USA in London, Japanese Textiles: Craft, Costume and Art (Autumn 2007 programme), December 2006 - July 2007
  • February 2002 - January 2006: Senior Lecturer Woven Textiles (0.2), University of the Creative Arts (formerly Surrey Institute of Art and Design, University College). Research specific activities including:
  • Project artist, 'Through the Surface', with touring exhibition including UEA Sainsbury Centre for the Arts and Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan (see exhibitions field above), July 2003-April 2005; Keynote delivery at Symposium, January 2004.
  • John Dunsmore Memorial Trust: Nepalese Nettle-Fibre Sustainable Income Development Project. Research and development in material, constructional and finishing in nettle-textile processes towards quality product solutions for Nepalese weaving communities. Included Tailoring consultancy with Paul Smith, London, March 2003-April 2005. 
  • Guest Speaker, Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinner and Dyers, 2002

Teaching specialism

  • Woven textiles
  • Textile and surface design
  • Mixed media textiles

Current scholarship

  • 'Inherited knowledge systems in Japanese textile traditions'
  • 'Plain, Stripe, Check': International exhibition project in collaboration with award winning Japanese hand weaver, Ikuko Ida. A joint exhibition in two parts: Contemporary handwoven textiles and archive woven textiles drawn from collections in Britain and Japan. Touring Europe/US/Japan 2010-13 (Part funded by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation) - (On-going)
  • 'Craft:Industry interface': Investigating cross-situational practice in studio and industrial woven textile research and development (On-going)

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

Made-by-hand: [re]valuing traditional (Japanese) textile practices for contemporary design
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Parry-Williams, T (2014) 'Made-by-hand: [re]valuing traditional (Japanese) textile practices for contemporary design.' In: Miles, J, Harris, J and Sinha, P, eds. Proceedings for Transition: Re-thinking Textiles and Surfaces, 26-27 November 2014, University of Huddersfield, UK. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield. ISBN 9781862181274


Craft industry interface: a dialogue between hand, heart and machine
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Parry-Williams, T (2007) 'Craft industry interface: a dialogue between hand, heart and machine.' In: Follett, G and Valentine, L, eds. New Craft - Future Voices : proceedings of the Dundee Conference, July 04-06, 2007. University of Dundee, Dundee. ISBN 9781899837557


Fuji-Yoshida: weaving town
article

Parry-Williams, T (2016) 'Fuji-Yoshida: weaving town.' Selvedge, 70. pp. 56-59. ISSN 1742-254X


Bashofu: the traditional banana-fibre textile culture of Okinawa
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Parry-Williams, T (2016) 'Bashofu: the traditional banana-fibre textile culture of Okinawa.' Selvedge, 70. pp. 60-63. ISSN 1742-254X


Contemplating cloth: the weaving of Jun Tomita
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Parry-Williams, T (2016) 'Contemplating cloth: the weaving of Jun Tomita.' Selvedge, 70. pp. 64-66. ISSN 1742-254X


W is for Wallpaper
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Parry-Williams, T (2015) 'W is for Wallpaper.' Selvedge, 67. pp. 92-93. ISSN 1742-254X


Women's work? Thoughts on men and weaving = Arbeit der Frauen? Gedanken zu Männern und Weben
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Parry-Williams, T (2015) 'Women's work? Thoughts on men and weaving = Arbeit der Frauen? Gedanken zu Männern und Weben.' Textilforum, 2. pp. 12-13. ISSN 1431-3510


Material matters: a quiet philosophy
article

Parry-Williams, T (2015) 'Material matters: a quiet philosophy.' Jamini, 2 (1). pp. 124-133. ISSN 1728-5747


Made-by-hand: [re]valuing traditional (Japanese) textile practices for contemporary design
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Parry-Williams, T (2015) 'Made-by-hand: [re]valuing traditional (Japanese) textile practices for contemporary design.' Craft Research, 6 (2). pp. 165-186. ISSN 2040-4689


HaaT trick
article

Parry-Williams, T (2015) 'HaaT trick.' Selvedge, 65. pp. 15-21. ISSN 1742-254X


A martial art: indigo-dyed textiles from Saitama, Japan
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Parry-Williams, T (2014) 'A martial art: indigo-dyed textiles from Saitama, Japan.' Selvedge, 58. pp. 51-53. ISSN 1742-254X


Japanese Style: Sustaining Design - Reiko Sudo
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Parry-Williams, T (2012) 'Japanese Style: Sustaining Design - Reiko Sudo.' Selvedge, 47. p. 91. ISSN 1742-254X


Anni Albers: design pioneer / Inspired by the legacy of Anni Albers
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Parry-Williams, T (2011) 'Anni Albers: design pioneer / Inspired by the legacy of Anni Albers.' Selvedge (39). pp. 88-89. ISSN 1742-254X


Treading softly
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Parry-Williams, T (2007) 'Treading softly.' Selvedge (16). pp. 64-69. ISSN 1742-254X


Made-by-hand: [re]valuing traditional (Japanese) textile practices for contemporary design
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Parry-Williams, T (2014) Made-by-hand: [re]valuing traditional (Japanese) textile practices for contemporary design. In: Transition: Re-thinking Textiles and Surfaces, 26-27 November 2014, University of Huddersfield, UK.


Inherited expertise: [re]valuing traditional Japanese textile practices for the modern world
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Parry-Williams, T (2012) Inherited expertise: [re]valuing traditional Japanese textile practices for the modern world. In: Shifting Cultures Of Expertise, 13 June 2012, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.


Craft industry interface: a dialogue between hand, heart and machine
conference_item

Parry-Williams, T (2007) Craft industry interface: a dialogue between hand, heart and machine. In: New Craft - Future Voices, 4 - 6 July 2007, University of Dundee, Scotland.


Beautility at the Guild at 51 [curator]
exhibition

Parry-Williams, T (2016) Beautility at the Guild at 51 [curator]. The Guild at 51, Cheltenham, UK, 7 June – 24 July 2016.


Farnham Textiles 1949-2015: Celebrating Sixty-six Years [group exhibition]
exhibition

Parry-Williams, T (2015) Farnham Textiles 1949-2015: Celebrating Sixty-six Years [group exhibition]. Crafts Study Centre, The University Museum of Modern Crafts, Farnham, UK, 30 March-20 June 2015.


Plain, Stripe, Check
exhibition

Parry-Williams, T and Ida, I (2013) Plain, Stripe, Check. Textile Centre Haslech, Austria, 15 July-15 September 2013.


Making Connections [group exhibition]
exhibition

Parry-Williams, T (2013) Making Connections [group exhibition]. Crafts Study Centre, The University Museum of Modern Crafts, Farnham, UK, 5 January-27 July 2013.


From William Morris to today: the textiles of the Cotswolds
exhibition

Morris, W, Russell, G, Mariet, E and Parry-Williams, T (2013) From William Morris to today: the textiles of the Cotswolds. Gordon Russell Design Museum, Broadway, 14 September - 9 November 2013.


Plain, Stripe, Check
exhibition

Parry-Williams, T and Ida, I (2011) Plain, Stripe, Check. Museum in the Park, Stroud, UK, 8 January-20 February 2011.


Towel: hand towels and more by Tim Parry-Williams
exhibition

Parry-Williams, T (2011) Towel: hand towels and more by Tim Parry-Williams. Ruskin Mill, Nailsworth, 21 May - 5 June 2011.


Bite size
exhibition

Parry-Williams, T (2011) Bite size. Touring exhibition, 2011-2012.


Knowledge through making [group exhibition]
exhibition

Parry-Williams, T (2010) Knowledge through making [group exhibition]. Centrespace, Visual Research Centre, Dundee Contemporary Arts, 10 June-9 July 2010.


Clothing - Fabric of the East
exhibition

Parry-Williams, T (2010) Clothing - Fabric of the East. New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, 1 May-20 June 2010.


Plain, Stripe, Check
exhibition

Parry-Williams, T and Ida, I (2010) Plain, Stripe, Check. Crafts Study Centre, The University Museum of Modern Crafts, Farnham, UK, 23 March - 19 June 2010.


Warp & Weft: from hand loom to production
exhibition

Parry-Williams, T (2010) Warp & Weft: from hand loom to production. Touring exhibition UK, September 2010 - April 2011.


All tied up
exhibition

Parry-Williams, T (2010) All tied up. Touring exhibition, 2010-2011.


Future craft research exposition
exhibition

Parry-Williams, T (2010) Future craft research exposition. Matthew Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, 26 March-24 April 2010.


Textile in Progress [group exhibition]
exhibition

Parry-Williams, T (2009) Textile in Progress [group exhibition]. Amities Tissees, Paris, 16-24 February 2008.


Vocation: woven textiles by Tim Parry-Williams
exhibition

Parry-Williams, T (2009) Vocation: woven textiles by Tim Parry-Williams. Ruskin Mill, Nailsworth, 12 Sept - 1 Oct 2009.


Inspired Design: Jacquard & Entrepreneurial Textiles
exhibition

Parry-Williams, T (2008) Inspired Design: Jacquard & Entrepreneurial Textiles. The Centre for Craft Creativity & Design, Hendersonville, USA, 20 May - 22 Aug 2008.


Plain, Stripe, Check
exhibition

Parry-Williams, T and Ida, I (2007) Plain, Stripe, Check. Nihon Mingeikan: The Japan Folk Crafts Museum, 4-3-33 Komaba Megro-ku, Tokyo 153-0041, Japan, 4-24 September 2007.


Through the surface: collaborating textile artists from Britain and Japan
exhibition

Parry-Williams, T (2004) Through the surface: collaborating textile artists from Britain and Japan. SIAD Farnham/Hove MoA; Sainsbury Centre Norwich; Bankfield Museum/Piece Hall Halifax; Nottingham Castle Gallery; Kyoto Museum Of Modern Art, Japan. Symposia: Surrey Institute of Art & Design /Kyoto MOMA, 27 January 2004 - 22 May 2005. ISBN 0954628527


Sozai: Materials. Textile design and techniques by Mika Hirosawa and Tim Parry Williams
exhibition

Hirosawa, M and Parry-Williams, T (2003) Sozai: Materials. Textile design and techniques by Mika Hirosawa and Tim Parry Williams. Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Japan House, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP.


Kimono meisen [book review]
other

Parry-Williams, T (2016) Kimono meisen [book review]. Selvedge, 70. p. 85. ISSN 1742-254X


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