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Eight students from BA (Hons) Textile Design Course are exhibiting new work at the Craftco gallery in Southwold. The exhibition, made, is the culmination of a project which saw the students develop their practice and steer it towards the creation of ‘objects of desire’. The students have collectively worked together on the initial proposals for the exhibition right through to the development of the final pieces, all in the short space of two months. made will display items with both creative and practical value, but with innovative thinking at their core, including items created through spinning, weaving, knitting, embroidery and printing. Some of the design concepts exhibited at mademay be taken further and exhibited as part of the Textile Design students’ Degree Show in the summer of 2017. The exhibition is open 29 January – 23 February 2017. For full opening times and more information visit the Craftco website.
Les Bicknell, Senior Lecturer in BA (Hons) Textile Design has secured Arts Council funding for an artist in residence at the Maxwell Centre NanoDTC in Cambridge for a year. Les has designed his project, unfolding thinking, to deepen a discussion of the connections linking contemporary art and innovative scientific thinking. Les will be working inside the labs at Cambridge University, making a space and engaging with research students to establish a body of new artwork interlacing with aspects of nanotechnology. His aim is to build a closer relationship with the scientific community, developing audiences for the arts and recognising the potential of the arts in science, technology, engineering and maths. Follow the project on the unfolding thinking website.
Three members of the BA (Hons) Textile Design Course team and a MA Textile Design graduate have contributed to a seminal publication for research in Fashion and Textiles. Senior Lecturers Les Bicknell, Grainne Swann and Jill Rodgers have published papers in Futurescan 3: Intersecting Identities. 2015 MA Textile Design graduate, Lydia Bartlett has also published a paper, Innovation through Interpretation: Investigating indigenous and historical material culture as a design tool . Les Bicknell’s paper, ‘smocking is evil? unpicking and rebinding’ (pictured), explores the role of the fold within historical and contemporary textiles. Jill and Grainne presented at The Futurescan 3 conference, Jill explains “It was an exciting opportunity for us to present to colleagues across the national and international Fashion and Textiles sector. Feedback from the conference was extremely positive and the publication of the paper opens up the work to new audiences.’ Find out more about Futurescan 3 conference and publication.
As part of their Best of British graduate talent exhibition, the National Centre for Craft and Design (NCCD) showcased Textile Design graduate Charlotte Eve Lindsey in the autumn of 2016. Charlotte Eve Lindsey’s work was selected by the NCCD to be included in their Class of 2016 show highlighting the best of Britain’s graduate talent. As part of its mission to celebrate and promote contemporary art and design, the Centre dedicates its top floor once a year to the work of those artists they identify as Britain’s rising stars. Their aim is to support and spur on the artists they see to be pushing boundaries with innovative working and thinking in their creation of exquisite objects. Charlotte’s work was on show at the top floor of the Centre from 10 September to 5 November 2016. Read more on the National Craft and Design website.
Textiles students from the graduating 2016 cohort had the exciting chance of showcasing their work in London’s Islington Design Centre in June. New Designers, the premier exhibition for graduate emerging design and textiles talent is a premier feature in the NUA Textiles calendar, with NUA students having a chance to showcase their work at the launch event. The private view kicked off the exhibition to hundreds of industry and media guests, trendsetters and design experts followed by a four day-long public exhibition. Print designer, Ali Cottrell was featured as a Graduate Highlight during the event.
Year 2 Textile Design students gained essential industry experience by designing interiors for a high-performance sports car. Students were invited to join the project lead by Trident Sports Cars’ Head of Interior Trim and alumna, Rachael Martin. The students worked with a team at Trident Cars to design interior textile panels for the super car and were then presented awards by the Director of Trident Cars, Daniel Monaghan at NUA in June 2016.
Robert Hume, Lecturer in Textile Design, has been published by Bloomsbury Publishing. Robert’s book, Fashion and Textile Design with Photoshop Illustrator shares professional techniques and tips, whilst addressing creativity and self-expression. Robert said about the book, “I have drawn on my experience both as a designer and an educator to shape the book and there is a lot of emphasis on how drawing can be used imaginatively within the applications. The worksheets I developed for students at Norwich University of the Arts and the experiences with them in the Textile Design department created a good starting point for the book.”.
NUA Lecturer John MacAulay has been shortlisted from over 740 artists for the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize for his painting What;s Going on In the World Today (pictured). John is one of 25 who have entered the next stage of the awards and his work will be exhibited until early July in the Ashurst Emerging Artist Space and offices, while the judges consider the winners announced this summer. To find out more visit the Ashurst Art Prize website.
NUA students across all three year groups have been awarded a range of accolades at the highly regarded Bradford Textile Society Design Competition. 2016 was the first time that students from all three year groups of the BA Textile Design course and the MA Textile Design course received awards. Lizzie Kimbley, who is studying BA Textile Design, won first prize in the Woolmark Company Award and will receive a one week work placement in the studio of international womenswear designer, Teatum Jones. NUA students won a range of prizes in several categories at the prestigious awards. Established in 1893, the Bradford Textile Society is the oldest textile society in Britain, if not in the world. Its prize schemes, which have been the source of encouragement and inspiration to textile students and practising textile designers, and have helped to stimulate new developments in textile design and construction, and finishing and printing techniques. This competition, one of the oldest of its kind, is regarded by many as the most important event in the annual programme.
Third year student Hollie Quinn won second prize in the Bishop’s Art Prize for her hand woven scarf ‘Peregrine’. Hollie used natural wool from British sheep breeds to represent Falcon bird patterns. Hollie exhibited her designs in Norwich Cathedral on 12 April and was awarded a prize of £500 by the Bishop of Norwich. Find out more about the annual Bishop’s Art Prize.
Textile Design student, Rosie Butler-Hall, has received a Highly Commended place in the International Design Competition 2016 held by the Society of Dyers and Colourists in London. Rosie presented her concept in response to a brief of ‘Making it Personal’ to a panel of industry professionals at London’s Fashion and Textiles Museum. The Society was established in 1884 and has gone onto become a world renowned society, with the International Design Competition launched in 2002.
NUA lecturer and designer Kit Miles has been awarded the Homes and Gardens Award for Best New Designer at an awards ceremony held at the British Museum. His wallpaper design ‘Ecclesiastical Botanica’ was awarded for its dedication to drawing and attention to ‘exquisite detail’. The award is a culmination of a growing presence of Kit’s brand in the industry with his work now on sale at Liberty as a concession and his wallpaper designs in Luxury hotels such as the Mandarin Oriental and the Groucho club in London.
Year three student Ches Young has been shortlisted for the Hilarys Blind competition. In September 2015, Hilarys Blinds set an open challenge for up-coming creatives to design a Scandinavian-themed fabric for a Roller blind. Entrants had to consider the evolution of Scandi style, current trends, and how their final piece would sit in today’s marketplace. View Ches’s work and all of the shortlisted entries here. Read an article about Ches’s work here.
Graduate Holly Montagnon (2015) has launched her own interior textiles brand called Violet Olivia, offering printed textile fabrics for the home with designs born from her love of the countryside and the British coastline. She says: “I am passionate about interior textiles and really enjoy the design process. My work, which is digitally printed, has a hand rendered feel which comes directly from my drawing approach.”
A pioneering approach to helping people living with dementia using artwork with visual and sensual properties to aid responses on an emotional level is being trialled with the assistance of textiles students. The project was led by Grenville Court Care Home, which briefed students on how colour and texture can stimulate the brain and generate positive, calming responses amongst people whose cognitive function has degenerated significantly. The Year Two students developed proposals in response to this brief, with Margaret Bacon’s ‘Conversation Quilt’, designed to assist dementia patients and their families to talk about topics which spark memories, being taken forward. Find out more about the Grenville Court project.
Year Three student Zoe Nunn received commendation in the Bishop’s Art Prize 2015.
Textile Design students have contributed concepts and designs for the interiors of a new Norfolk-built supercar. The students were invited to participate in the project headed by Trident Sports Cars Head of Interior Design Rachael Martin, herself a graduate of the University.
Year Two Textile Design student Alison Cottrell has been interviewed by the Eastern Daily Press about her Great Yarmouth-inspired textile designs, which have been transformed into a dress. Read the interview on the EDP24 website.
The Wolterton Committee, headed by Lady Walpole, visited the Textile Design studios to review the student work entered for this year’s Angela Houston Constructed Textile Research and Travel Award. The two winners, Lizzie Kimbley (Year One) and Hannah Sabberton (Year Two), will each receive £250 funding for materials, travel opportunities or further workshops/training to further their studies.
Year One students have swept the top two places in the Clothworkers’ Foundation Award for Woven Fabric for Interiors at this year’s Bradford Textile Society Design Competition. Winner Bethany Franks took the top prize of £250, while Lizzie Kimbley was awarded £150 for her second place in the category. Year Two student Margaret Bacon received a commendation in the Clothworkers’ Foundation Award for a fabric for either fashion or interiors which shows an innovative combination of textile processes. NUA graduate Linda Sadler also earned commendations from the British Wool Marketing Board Award for a fabric of any construction for interiors or outdoorwear which enhances the intrinsic qualities of natural British wool and the Clothworkers’ Foundation Award for a fabric for either fashion or interiors which shows an innovative combination of textile processes.
Graduate Amber Stefani (2014) has been named as a runner up in the inaugural Bursary Recognition Award by the Society of Dyers and Colourists. The award aims to highlight the outstanding work of the bursary recipients who have pushed the boundaries of their innovative colour research and study with the help of SDC funding. Amber (pictured, right) works with colour and transparency with an interest in stained glass windows and the hexagon shape produced by bees to create a honeycomb.
Katrina Ellis, a Year Two student, has been placed as a runner up in the Fine/Applied Arts category of the Batsford Prize. An annual competition for all undergraduate and postgraduate students, the Batsford Prize set as its theme this year ‘Past and Present’. Katrina, who won £50 worth of Batsford books, was among four NUA students who were shortlisted in the competition.
Senior Lecturer Jill Rodgers has had a paper selected for Futurescan3: Intersecting Identities, the national conference of the Association of Fashion and Textile Courses. She will be joined at the conference by MA Textile Design student Lydia Bartlett, who will also present a paper.
Charlotte Hall (Year One) and Johanne Couldrey (Year Two, work is pictured) have been named as the recipients of the 2014 Angela Houston Constructed Textile Research and Travel Award. The students were selected by Lady Walpole and members of The Wolterton Committee to receive research/travel awards of £250 each and an opportunity to exhibit their work at the 13th Costume and Textile Fair in the Hall at Wolterton Park.
An exhibition of student work from the Fashion and Textile Design courses has presented a range of creative garments and materials to the public. Organised by the Fashion Communication and Promotion course in conjunction with Norwich Fashion Week, the event was launched with an evening of talks that addressed issues of tradition, craftsmanship and innovation from speakers including Beatrice Korlekie Newman, Daniel Harris and Nick Thompson, co-founder of Knit, an award winning creative agency based in Norwich, will talk about their work and share insights on their innovative practice. Read a review of Creativity and Craftsmanship in the Eastern Daily Press.
Mimi Emmett, 2014 graduate, has launched her debut fabric collection featuring illustration and digital design work. Mimi’s work has previously been selected for the New Designers showcase and the Dulux Design Service New Talent Show. Her work is featured on the Hospitality Interiors website.
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