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BA (Hons) Textile Design students make their mark in industry competitions


BA (Hons) Textile Design students across all three year groups have recently won awards in prestigious industry competitions, making their mark on judging panels across the country. Students benefit from entering industry competitions, giving them valuable experience of professional events, allowing for networking and developing their creative practice.

Full list of winners

Bradford Textile Society 2016

First prize:
Lizzie Kimbley won first prize in the Woolmark Company Award, receiving a one-week work placement in the studio of international womenswear designer, Teatum Jones.

Second prize:
Georgina Ridgeley won second prize in the Association of Fashion & Textile Courses Award.

Second prize:
Eleanor Pettitt won second prize in the Prestigious Textiles Award.

Third prize:
Emily Donnelly was awarded third prize in the Clothworkers’ Foundation Award.

Bradford Textile Society was founded in 1893 and is the oldest textile society in Britain. The annual competition is a historic event, deemed as an integral textile design mile stone, paving the way for new developments in textiles, finishing and printing. NUA Students received a range of prizes presented by the Society for their achievements.

Bishop’s Art Prize 2016

Second prize:
Third year student, Hollie Quinn was awarded second prize in the Bishop’s Art Prize for her hand woven scarf ‘Peregrine’. Hollie used natural wool from British sheep breeds to symbolise Falcon striped bird patterns and Hollie exhibited her designs to the judging panel in a private view in Norwich Cathedral Hostry on 12 April. Hollie was awarded a prize of £500 by the Bishop of Norwich. The exhibition is on display to the public until 23 April.

International Design Competition 2016

Highly Commended:
The historic Society of Dyers and Colourists awarded Rosie Butler-Hall a Highly Commended place in their International Design Competition 2016. Rosie presented her pieces in response to the brief, ‘Making It Personal’ about the changing technological landscape of the Fashion and Textile industry, to a panel of industry professionals at London’s Fashion and Textiles Museum.
The Society of Dyers and Colourists was founded in 1884 and is the only worldwide society that can award the Chartered Colourists Status. The society has now grown to be global, with the International Design Competition attracting entries from across the world, including Australia, Pakistan and South Africa.

Ches Young in studio


“Our workshops give you more confidence, insights and understanding of materials, colour theory and market audience – it’s prepared me for what to expect in industry.”

Ches Young
Textile Design student

Best for textiles


Specialist arts institution in the UK for student satisfaction in fashion and textiles courses (The Guardian University Guide 2014)