Tori McLean MSDC

Surface Patterned Textiles

About Tori
Tori McLean is an internationally award-winning Artisan · Designer · Printmaker and member of the prestigious Society of Designer Craftsmen. Specialising in printmaking for surface design, Tori creates handmade interior and fashion products in bold and joyful colours. Each design is lovingly created in Tori's Winchester studio as limited-edition pieces, ensuring her customers receive something just that little bit extra special and unlikely to be owned by anyone else. When not creating her own designs, Tori works as a freelance textile and surface pattern designer.
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Tori McLean is passionate about printmaking in all its forms, be it on fabric, paper or any other surface to which print can be applied. Each piece is lovingly designed by Tori in her Winchester based studio and printed by hand in the workshop. Full of life and colour, she aims to create beautiful and uplifting products that bring joy to the lives of others.

At the heart of the business is a desire to maintain traditional printmaking skills and quality workmanship. Her paper prints are produced using a stunning Albion press from 1908, a Rochat etching press or a Mahler hand-printing bench. Her fabric prints are made using traditional screen-printing methods on a 3m textile table which is her pride and joy. The results are beautifully crafted products produced in limited editions or colourways, providing the consumer with greater exclusivity.

Tori’s commitment to quality materials and craftsmanship were recognised by the Society of Designer Craftsmen Award 2015 and election as a full member to the Society. Her contemporary and appealing designs have won multiple awards for both fashion and interiors including the International grand-prize at DesignNext® New York and the textile category for the B&Q/Elle Decoration British Talent Search.

Her work is regularly sought for exhibitions, collaborations, commissions and freelance design work. In 2017 Hampshire Culture Trust commissioned Tori to create six Arts & Crafts designs based on Heywood Sumner's Chace Tapestry, in 2016 the British Museum commissioned hand-printed London cityscape scarves for their Grenville Collection and in 2014 she was commissioned to design tree wraps for Helen Elks-Smith’s award-winning garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Her deep sense of curiosity translates into an extremely varied portfolio of designs, always linked by her lively use of colour. Often inspired by what she unearths in museum archives, Tori combines her drawings and paintings with print-making techniques, such as woodcut, linocuts, etching, drypoint, solar-plate, card cuts and collagraph, to create carefully crafted repeat or placement prints that delight the eye.

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Exhibitions - Textiles

2018 Inspired By - City Space Gallery, Winchester

2018 Hand of the Maker - Society of Designer Craftsmen, Chelsea School of Arts, London

2018 Inspired By - Willis Museum, Basingstoke

2016 CityMade.UK - 69 Rivington Street, London

2016 26th Designer Crafts - Society of Designer Craftsmen, Mall Galleries, London

2015 Designer Crafts at Christmas - Society of Designer Craftsmen, Mall Galleries, London

2015 25th Designer Crafts - Society of Designer Craftsmen, Mall Galleries, London

2014 Wood & Fibre - Walford Mill, Dorset

2014 London Design Fesitival Camac 6th Wallpaper Design Exhibition - London & Touring

2014 New Designers Part 1 - Business Design Centre, London

2014 WSA Degree Show - Winchester School of Art, WInchester

2014 Surtex, New York - By Invitation


Awards - Textiles

2016 Top 10 Finalist - Become a Hillarys Designer

2015 Society of Designer Craftsmen New Licentiate Award

2015 Society of Designer Craftsmen Distinction Award

2014 International Grand Prize Winner for Textiles at DesignNext, New York

2013 First Prize, Purvaai Textile Design

2013 Textile Category Award, B&Q/Elle Decoration British Talent Search

2013 Graduate Fashion Week - Winner George Graphic T-Shirt Competition

2012 Textiles Winner - Royal Collection Scarf Design


Collaborations & Commissions - Textiles

2018 David Watson Scarves - Arts & Crafts

2017 Hampshire Cultural Trust - 5 Arts & Crafts designs for their Creative Collections

2016 British Museum - London CityScape Scarves

2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show & City of London Corp. - Textile Wraps for OPM Garden

2014 B&Q - Textile Designs for Limited Edition Deckchairs

2012 Royal Collection - In Fine Style Scarf Collection


Exhibitions - Artist Prints

2017 Red Hot Press: A Journey Through Print: City Art Gallery, Southampton

2017 Red Hot Press: Making a Mark - Rums Eg, Romsey

2017 Red Hot Press Printmakers 2017 - Hillier Gardens, Romsey

2016 Neo:Print Prize - Gallery 23, The Market Place, Bolton

2016 Red Hot Press Printmakers 2016 - Hillier Gardens, Romsey

2016 Artist of the Month - Winchester Framing, Winchester

2016 Red Hot Press Foundation in Printmaking - Corn Exchange, Southampton

Education

2017 Diploma in Printmaking - Red Hot Press, Southampton (2016-17)

2016 Foundation in Printmaking - Red Hot Press, Southampton (2015-16)

2014 BA Hons Fashion & Textile Design (First Class) - Winchester School of Art (2011-2014)

2010 Foundation in Garden Design (Distinction) - Sparsholt College/Portsmouth Uni (2007 -2010)

1998 PhD Marketing & Applied Economics - Nottingham Trent/Solent University (1993-1998)

1992 BSc Business Information Technology (First Class) - Kingston University (1988-1992)

Professional Memberships

2015/18 MSDC - Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen

2014/18 Member of Textile Institute

2016/18 British Print Making Society

2016/2018 Red Hot Press

2016/2018 - Trustee & Council Member of Society of Designer Craftsmen

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