MIKE McMAHON AND JAMIE HILL have always had a taste for horses and bourbon. Both hail from
families with pedigrees in Thoroughbreds: Mike’s parents own McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds while Hill’s were the co-owners of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew. The younger generation formed McMahon & Hill Bloodstock in 2001 and less than a decade later inaugurated the racing
syndicate Bourbon Lane Stable and the pinhooking syndicate Spruce Lane. All of their runners are given names that include the word “bourbon,” so it is no shock that McMahon and Hill have also decided to get into the business of spirits.
The topic of my master’s thesis evolved not only from my own interest and fascination of jacquard weaving. A little bit of luck contributed to the final outcome of this study as well. At an early point of my study, I wanted to discuss the material and col-our design of woven textiles. I considered various ways on how to approach the subject from a fresh and meaningful point of view. In the beginning of the spring of 2014, I spent three months on an internship at the Italian weaving mill Lodetex. Lodetex is specialized in the production of jacquard fabrics for furnishing markets. I decided that doing my thesis in collaboration with Lodetex would be a viable continuum after working in the company as an intern. I discussed the matter with owner Luca Farhanghi and he agreed that a thesis collaboration would be interesting and beneficial for the both of us. He informed me about a few production lines that the company planned on developing. One of these lines related to clipped designs. To me, the development of clipped designs seemed like a fascinating and interesting topic to research. Since I had already designed two clipped designs during my internship, I realized that the weaving process of these fabrics required more advanced technical understanding in interwoven structure of cloth. Therefore, this project gave me a chance to improve my skills in artistic expression as well as develop my knowledge in designing, weaving and finishing of clipped cloths.