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Student Showcase Archive

Elizabeth Ashdown

MA work

MA work

  • Hand woven Passementerie decoration

    Hand woven Passementerie decoration, Elizabeth Ashdown 2017
    Rayon, cotton, nylon, metal, leather
    35.5cm x 50cm

  • Hand woven fabric length

    Hand woven fabric length, Elizabeth Ashdown 2017
    Rayon, cotton, metal, fur, leather
    99cm x 135cm

  • Sketchbook

    Sketchbook, Elizabeth Ashdown 2017

The curtain never comes down

An exuberant and lively collection of hand woven, mixed media Passementerie fashion decorations and fabrics. This collection has been inspired by modes of dress that allow the wearer to show-off, perform and to express their identity in their own personal way. This collection has drawn influence from military ceremonial dress, regalia, Tudor portraiture and the creations of self-taught artists such as Loy Bowlin and Arthur Bispo do Rosário who created their own unique and eclectic aesthetic.

This collection is entirely hand made, woven and constructed and draws upon traditional Passementerie weaving techniques. The range of materials and making processes is diverse and includes such materials as feathers, chain, leather, fur, metal yarn, cords and silk.



  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Textiles, 2017



  • Elizabeth Ashdown is a woven and mixed media textile designer specialising in the art of hand woven Passementerie trimmings and decorations.

    Combining traditional techniques with a contemporary viewpoint and a lively aesthetic, Elizabeth’s work has been recognised for its original and innovative approach that utilises striking colour combinations, exquisite hand craftsmanship, diverse materials and a variety of hand making techniques and construction methods.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Textile Design,1st Class Hons, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, 2013. Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Distinction, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, 2010.
  • Experience

  • Associate lecturer, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, 2015 - present, Freelance woven textile designer, 2013 - present, Disability Student Support Worker, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, 2014 - 15, Fran White Woven Textiles
  • Exhibitions

  • Unexpected Outcomes, Crafts Study Centre shop, Farnham, 2014-15, Society of Designer Craftsmen, The Mall Galleries, London, 2015, Craft Emergency 2014, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, 2014, Rising Stars 2014, touring exhibition
  • Awards

  • The Worshipful Company of Weaver's Scholarship 2016, Texprint 2013