In February I went to Paris. During the 5 days, we managed hit all the key touristy places – Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, Arch De Triumph, Versailles and Sacre Coeur. As well as lots of inspiring museums and galleries. We saw the classics at the Musse D’Orsay – Monet, Cezanne and Renoir , Modern Art at the Pompidou. We also spent a day walking around all the amazing shops in Pairs, window shopping only! La Fayette, Collette are amazing, but way to expensive for a student!

But the main day was Thursday – Premiere Vision! It was amazing, massive and really over whelming! With exhibitors of yarns, fabrics, accessories and leather from all around the world, the show is vast. The one area that was particularly interesting was  the Design Section (previously known as Indigo). In the design section the booths are open and you are free to walk around and see all the work on show. Though primarily print studios exhibiting in the section, there were a few weaving companies there which made my jaw drop with their range and standard of samples. And as we went on the last day, it was a little quieter so the exhibitors were happy to have a little chat with us.

I would definitely recommend going to any other textile design student, if nothing else it opens yours eyes to the global scale of the textile industry, as design student buried in your own little world at university, you can fail to realise how much of a money led industry this is.[av_masonry_gallery ids=’919,918,899,917,916,915,914,913,905,906,898,903,907,908,900,909,901,910,902,911,912,904′ items=’24’ columns=’4′ paginate=’pagination’ size=’flex’ gap=’large’ overlay_fx=’active’ caption_elements=’title excerpt’ caption_display=’always’ container_links=’active’ id=”]