artisan • designer • printmaker
Tori's much admired designs have won a number of awards and garnered press both here and abroad.
DesignNext International Textile Design Competition 2014
Grand Prize Winner
Tori's innovative surface pattern designs for interior room division and textile designs for home products won this prestigious international award in May 2014. Tori was delighted to accept an invitation to receive her award and exhibit her work in New York at Surtex.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014
Commission for Textile Wraps
Multi award-winning garden designer Helen Elks-Smith commissioned Tori to design a bespoke textile to 'shroud' the heads of English oak trees at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014.
Helen's designed aimed to raise public awareness of the devastating effects the Oak Processionary Moth on our English oak trees and to encourage the public to be vigilant and report outbreaks. Although a difficult message to put across, Tori knew the textile had to be beautiful to capture the public’s imagination and draw their attention. The textile was designed to highlight the essence of the moth’s shape and the distinctive processions that the caterpillars travel in. The design was printed on voile to create the ethereal look Helen desired.
B&Q British Talent Search 2013 in assocation with Elle Decoration
Textile Category Competition Winner
In 2013, Tori McLean won the textile category of B&Q’s British Talent Search and after an exciting photo-shoot in a London warehouse studio had her work featured in Elle Decoration (September 2013).
Despite many entries from design colleges across the UK, B&Q’s commercial team said Tori’s designs were an instant hit with the team and they liked how Tori had researched the company’s products so thoroughly that she had created designs for a product they didn't offer.
Tori designed her textiles to form part of B&Qs Blooma range of outdoor garden furniture with a family set of deckchairs in mind. Having previously studied garden design, Tori wanted to put garden elements firmly into her designs. Her four winning designs were subsequently licensed to B&Q.
Purvaai Interior Textile Design
Purvaai, a home décor company specialising in handcrafted textiles and traditional embroidery techniques, set a ‘Naturally Yours’ competition brief to design a range of home linen’s or personal accessories. Inspired by Indian marquetry seen at the V&A Museum, Tori 's hand-drawn sketches of nesting birds and trees for cushions were awarded first prize in Purvaai’s second annual competition for textile students and recent graduates.
Tori was absolutely thrilled to meet her design heroine, Sarah Campbell at the awards ceremony.
Graduate Fashion Week - 2 to 5 June 2013
George Menswear Graphic T-Shirt Competition Joint Winner
Tori McLean’s ‘What’s Your Poison?’ design was one of 10 winning designs selected by the team at George to win their menswear Graphic T-Shirt Competition. George, who sponsored the competition for London’s Graduate Fashion Week, ran the national competition for 1st and 2nd year fashion and design students across 40 UK institutions that are members of the Colleges’ Council for GFW. The brief was to design a T-shirt for young males, aged 13-25. The 10 winning designs were showcased at GFW and quickly sold out at the show, in-store and online.
Ella Blake Scarf Design for Royal Collection
Joint Competition Winner
In 2013 Tori McLean, along with fellow first year WSA student Elizabeth Macleod, won Ella Blake's competition to create a scarf for the Royal Collection inspired by the portraits in the 'In Fine Style, Tudor & Stuart Fashion' exhibiion at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace.
After winning the competition, Tori & Elizabeth worked with Ella Blake's team to get the scarves produced and were invited by the Palace to the exhibition's Priavte View where their designs went on in the Palace shops.
The desigsns were later sold online via the Royal Collection Online and are now sold out.
"The most innovative designers consciously reject the standard option box and cultivate an appetite for thinking wrong."
The Society of Design Craftsmen Award 2015
Tori was kindly invited as a new licentiate to showcase her textile craftsmanship at the Society's annual Designer Crafts at the Mall exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London. She was award the Society's Distinction Award for a New Licentiate and the Society's top award of of Designer Craftsmen 2015.
At the exhibition Tori was thrilled to receive full membership to the Society whose membership has included some of her design heros, such as William Morris and Walter Crane. The Society was found in 1887 under its previous name of the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society.
Tori is delighted to be able to call herself an MSDC.
Top 10 Finalist 2016 - Hillarys Design a Scandianvian Roller Blind
Tori’s contemporaryScandinavian ‘Home is Where the Heart is’ fabric was designed for use in a roller or roman blind for Hillarys designer competition and was inspired by Swedish architecture and the country’s longstanding tradition for home crafts. The final 10 designs were selected by a judging panel in January 2016. Each designer was asked to investigate how Scandinavian style had eveloved, identify current trens in Scandinavian interiors and to look for patterns, trends and colours that are predicted for S/S 2016.
World of Interiors - Cushions & Artist Prints
Tori's cushions & artist prints featured in June, July & August World of Interiors Magazine.