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Textiles lecture programme announced

NUA has announced its programme of visiting textiles lecturers for the 2014-15 academic year. Among the guest speakers are Daniel Harris from the London Cloth Company, Sally Ann Wood from Cath Kidston and Lucy Keeler of Keeler Gordon. For a full rundown visit Course Content.

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Academic to build ‘soft’ robots

Senior Lecturer Les Bicknell is collaborating with the Crafts Council to build biologically-inspired robots. The project titled, squeeze fold bend and expand – Structural Memory in Deformable Objects, is part of the ‘Parallel Practices’ innovation programme developed by the Crafts Council in partnership with the Cultural Institute at King’s College London. Les will work with Thrishantha Nanayakkara, principal investigator of the Laboratory for Morphological Computation and Learning, and jeweller Naomi Mcintosh to explore extending current soft robotics through model-making and look at ways of controlling movement and articulation of objects in order to build new structures. Read a press release about the squeeze fold bend and expand project.

Five students win Bradford Textile Society prizes

NUA students have won a series prestigious textile prizes in a national competition. Five students of BA (Hons) Textiles at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) have been announced as winners of six awards by the Bradford Textile Society Design Competition. One of the oldest of its kind having been established in 1923, the competition seeks to provide encouragement and inspiration to textile students and practising textile designers. Read the press release.

Forty BA Textile Design show

Student show at Stew Gallery

‘Forty’ Year 3 Textile Design students showcased their unique practice, from wire knitted body adornments, screen printed tepees, 3D structural installations and much more. View the ‘Forty’ website.


CAMAC award success for NUA students

Year Two student Jessica Grady won the Derwent Sketchbook Prize at the CAMAC 5th Annual Student Wallpaper Design Competition. Students Katie Whitton, Jessica Grady and Polly Baker were also shortlisted for the award, while Katie Walker was shortlisted for the McNamara Prize.

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Students work with leading designer

Sarah Angold, whose jewellery and lighting collection has featured in Vogue, Grazia, Marie-Claire and Elle, has been appointed as a Visiting Lecturer for BA Textile Design at NUA. She visited the NUA campus to share her experiences with students, including her latest project – a limited edition range for Topshop jewellery brand Freedom. Commenting on the facilities at NUA she said: “They surpass even what I have now as an industry professional! I wish I’d had access to processes and technicians as good as this when I was starting out.”

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Graduate designs collection for major label

2013 graduate Katie Whitton has collaborated with major UK women’s label Oasis Clothing on a collection that will hit stores in summer 2014. This opportunity comes on the back of Katie’s successful internship with Tigerprint, a design firm working with several of the UK’s biggest retail companies. For sneak peek of her Oasis collection visit Katie’s blog.

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Angela Houston prizes awarded

Lady Walpole and members of The Wolterton Committee visited the University to judge entries for the Angela Houston Constructed Textile Research and Travel Award. The winning students have been announced as Rosalyn Crosthwaite (Year 2) and Johanne Couldrey (Year 1). Both students will receive a research/travel award of £250 each and an opportunity to exhibit their work at the 13th Costume and Textile Fair in the Hall at Wolterton Park (14th and 15th September, 10.30am-5pm).

The students were one of the most approachable and enthusiastic groups we have come across and it was a pleasure to talk to them about their work.

Kalopsia Collective review of the NUA BA Textile Design Degree Show 2013

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Tigerprint win for graduating student

Year 3 student Katie Whitton was awarded the New Designers Tigerprint Award 2013. She was selected by the judges who were impressed with her lengths of screen and digitally printed silks, featuring colourful abstract shapes and figurative drawings of buildings inspired by Spanish architecture. She received a cash prize of £500 and a six month paid placement at Tigerprint.


Two students selected for Decorex display

Rug certification organisation GoodWeave has named NUA students Polly Baker (Year 2) and Molly Campbell (Year 3) as runners up in its Annual Rug Design Competition 2013. Samples of their work will be displayed on the GoodWeave stand at interior design show Decorex International at Kensington Palace in London in September.


BA Textile Design Degree Show

Visit the BA Textile Design show website for interviews with students and previews of some of the work in the show.

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NUA success in new design competition

NUA students celebrated success after Year 1 students Emily Ward and Sally-Ann Parker won first and second places respectively in the new CAMAC Textile Design Challenge. Their work was selected from 240 entries from students nationwide, and will be exhibited in an exhibition at the Braintree Museum alongside 60 selected designs, including those of NUA students Lucy Orme, Gemma Baber and Maria Moodie.

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Travel prize award for Bradford Textiles winner

Year 3 student Katie Whitton won an additional award when she picked up her first prize in the Worshipful Company of Dyers award at this year’s Bradford Textile Society Awards. The Society awarded a travel prize on the evening of the presentations, which took place at Salts Mill in Saltaire near Leeds. The prize entitles Katie to travel, alongside three other students from universities nationwide, to Paris for the Premier Vision clothing fabric show in September. Student Polly Baker, who won first prize in the Prestigious Textiles award, earned a placement with Prestigious Textiles in Macclesfield and Leeds. In total six students from NUA picked up certificates from the event which they attended with NUA Senior Lecturer Jill Rodgers.


Emily reaches finals of Creative Challenge

Year 3 student Emily Barnes has won the third place prize in the finals of the Creative Challenge Competition with an upcycling project. The Creative Challenge engages with academics and creative industry businesses across all discipline to provide a personal and professional skills development programme for students, with finalists competing to be ‘Faces of the Future’. See more of Emily’s work in Student Work.

Mustard TV reports on the Shawl Spectacular

Watch this report on the Shawl Spectacular event run with the Costume and Textiles Society. Video courtesy of Mustard TV.

Shawl Spectacular to show off student work

Year 2 students will be participating in the Shawl Spectacular – an event dedicated to the Norwich Shawl set to take place in Norwich Cathedral Hostry and organised by the Costume and Textiles Association (CTA). The students, who have created their own shawls in response to a brief from the CTA, will model their work alongside examples of original Norwich Shawls, which were the height of fashion across 19th century Europe.

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Strong NUA showing at Bradford Textile Society Awards

NUA students put in another excellent showing at this year’s Bradford Textile Society Awards. Katie Whitton and Polly Baker won first prizes in the Worshipful Company of Dyers award and the Prestigious Textiles award respectively. Esme Hopkins received a commendation in the latter and commendations were also earned by Hannah Wickham
 and Maria Jane Moodie in the Holland and Sherry award, while Rosalyn Crosthwaite
 achieved third prize in the Clothworkers Foundation Award. The Bradford Textile Society Awards are considered the highest profile awards for textiles nationally and this year received over 930 entries. View the winning work in Student Work.

Student interviewed about print business

The Norwich Evening news interviewed Year 3 student Katie Whitton about her business Whitton Prints, which produces printed materials for use as bespoke skirts. Katie set up the business after winning NUA’s student enterprise competition Brainchild last year and says: I make simple skirts that are gathered at the waist and skim the hips and thighs. The design can be printed on any fabric and in any colour so you can have a piece of fashion that is bespoke to you.”.

Norwich Fashion Week showcase for graduate

Textile Design graduate Marian Eve Williams showcased an eco-inspired collection at Norwich Fashion Week, the fourth year she has participated in the event. Marian’s work uses Shibori, layering and natural dyeing to produce unique cloth prints, which are available for sale at Ethika in Norwich.

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Graduate collective to exhibit in Edinburgh

The Kalopsia collective, consisting of 2012 NUA graduates Louise Weeden, Adam Robertson, Rachel Lobban and Nina Falk, will present their latest work in an exhibition entitled {WhatIsTextiles?} at the CO2 project space at Edinburgh College of Art. Described as a one day pop up event, the show takes place between 3pm and 9pm on Friday 26 April.

Scarf design

Student impresses judges at Society of Dyers and Colourists

Year Two student Lillie Turner was awarded third place at the Society Of Dyers and Colourists International Design Competition 2013 London Regional Heat. This is the first year that students from NUA have taken part in the competition, which was judged in an event at Dyers Hall in London which was also attended by BA Textile Design course leader Nick Rodgers.

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Bursaries awarded to NUA students

Katie Whitton and Katy Walker, two students from Year Three, have been awarded bursaries by the Society of Dyers and Colourists for £500 and £275.

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Graduate shows at Home Exhibition at Earl’s Court

Alumnus Lisa Bliss has shown her work, including stag’s head wallpaper and fox’s head mugs, at the Home Exhibition at Earl’s Court in London. Her exhibit attracted the interest of the Celebrate Creation blog.

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Students exhibit work in gallery

Year Three students of Textile Design and Surface Design are exhibiting their work in the Stew Gallery in Norwich from 8 – 15 March. The show is open 10.30am-5pm daily.

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Graduate collective exhibit in Stockholm

A group of four BA Textile graduates have formed the collective Kalopsia and exhibited their first show at More is More Show Lounge in Stockholm. The show focused on contemporary textiles to try and change the audience’s perception of what textiles is. The work ranged from film and concept art to performance, digital coding and time visuals as well as structural forms based from imagery of hand-woven fabrics. Designers behind the group include Adam Robertson, Louise Weeden, Nina Falk and Rachel Lobban. More information about Kalopsia can be found at kalopsiacollective.co.uk.

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Lecturer’s work shown in Houses of Parliament

BA Textile Design Lecturer Les Bicknell was commissioned by Essex County Council as one of 27 artists in the ‘Journey to the Podium’ project as part of the Cultural Olympiad. The artists were partnered with athletes to document their training for the Olympic Games and Les’s work was selected among 12 pieces to be exhibited in the Houses of Parliament during the Games in August. Also selected for the ‘Arts in Parliament’ exhibition was BA Fine Art graduate Amy Rogers. Les was paired with Boccia player Dan Bentley, who ultimately clinched Paralympic bronze with the Boccia team. The ‘Journey to the Podium’ collection is now permanently on show in sporting and cultural venues across Essex. Les’s work has been shown at The Beachcroft Gallery in Southend, at the BookMare symposium at Camberwell College of the Arts and copies are housed in the record office in Chelmsford and a number of national public collections.


Graduate showcased on BBC

2012 BA Textile Design graduate Katie Mantell has been featured on BBC2’s new craft programme Paul Martin’s Hand Made Revolution. Katie’s hand-woven teddy bears were picked as the judges favourite for the episode and her work is now being displayed with the ‘favourites’ from nine other episodes at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for four weeks in October and November. Watch the episode on BBC iPlayer (UK only), Katie is featured 20 minutes in. Visit Katie’s website.

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Student wins Zoffany Placement Award

A recent graduate of BA Textile Design at NUA has been awarded the Zoffany Placement award at this years Student Wallpaper competition, organized by CAMAC design. Rachel Parker was presented with the Award at the Imago Gallery, Clifford Street, London. The competition, which is organised by NUA graduate Caroline McNamara, is open to students from NUA, Leeds College of Art, University of East London and London College of Communication. This year’s shortlisted and winning designs will be shown in an exhibition at the Imago Gallery celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of British architect Augustus Pugin. This year’s competition brief was to take inspiration from Pugin’s work – which included stained glass, encaustic tiles, metalwork, jewellery, ecclesiastical textiles, furniture, wallpaper – and to create a contemporary response. Many of the shortlisted entries won placements with with leading design industry companies.

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Student wins Europe-wide design award

NUA student Ane Baztarrika has been named as one of four winners of the Polyrey Design Awards. The competition received over 650 submissions of creative designs on the company’s decorative laminate panels and Ane’s floral pattern won the ‘Happy Colours’ trend category, which challenged entrants to create vibrant, stimulating decors for living spaces with a dynamic mix of bright colours. Ane’s design was chosen alongside winning entries from a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, a student at La Sorbonne in Paris and a professional designer in Italy. All four designs will be incorporated into Polyrey’s 2013 Digital Collection which will be made available through its catalogues and brochures.

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Awards recognition for NUA students

NUA has again earned plaudits in the Bradford Textile Society Design Competition 2011/12. Year Two BA Textile Design students Emily Barnes and Casey-Lee Ralph received awards, with Emily winning second prize in the Clothworkers Foundation Award (interiors) category and Casey-Lee receiving a commendation in the Clothworkers Foundation Award (fashion) category. In addition, NUA Lecturer John Macaulay won first prize in the Prestigious Textiles Award.


CTA awards Angela Houston Award to NUA student

The Costume and Textile Association has named this year’s Angela Houston Memorial Award winner as Year Two student Katie Whitton. She will receive £200 and her work will be displayed at the CTA AGM. CTA Committee Member Helen Jenkins said: “We were astounded at the quality of the entries and the dedication and commitment of the students involved… we looked for creativity and inspiration in the ideas put forward, together with a passion for textiles.”

Student work

BA Textile Design students to put on exhibition of scarves

Textile Design degree course students from Year One are participating in their first ever external exhibition at CRAFTCO in Southwold, Suffolk. The exhibition, which lasts for three weeks in February, showcases the diversity of creative practice on the Textile Design course and the range of skills that the students have developed over a relatively short space of time.

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BA Textile Design Graduate earns innovation award

Alumnus Linda Sadler (pictured, far right) made the finals of the Knitted Textile Awards, earning a Crafts Council Award for Innovation and an opportunity to exhibit at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace and Harrogate. Organised by the UK Hand Knitting Association, the Knitted Textile Awards highlight excellence in hand knitting, crochet and machine knitting. Linda’s work is inspired by looking at coral through a digital microscope. Natural and sustainable materials are turned into a fabric using a kitting machine, then de-constucted using scissors and re-assembled by hand-stitching. Read Linda Sadler’s blog.

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Textile designer Margo Selby delivers visiting lecture

Designer and owner of her own textile business Margo Selby visited Norwich University of the Arts to talk about her career to students of BA Textile Design and MA Textile Design. Having launched her first collection in 2003, Margo’s trademark patterns and textures are sold internationally and she has won numerous craft and design awards. Recent collaborations have included bespoke products for Habitat, The Old Curiosity Shop, People Will Always Need Plates and Tate. Watch a film about Margo Selby’s guest lecture on Course Content.

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Student wins Wallpaper Design Competition

Work by Textile Design students has been exhibited in the Imago Gallery, London as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Wallpaper History Society. Coordinated by NUA graduate Caroline McNamara, the exhibition showcased wallpaper designs by NUA and Leeds College of the Arts students which were created in response to a Wallpaper Design Competition brief based on the theme: Past, Present and Future. NUA graduate Lauren Mellor was awarded overall winner and her work, alongside work by graduates Emily Charman, Alex Evans, Rachel Parker, Katie Crouch, Kirst Newman, Chloe Smith and Anna Burbridge, was exhibited in September. All student entries were judged by a panel including the Design Director for Sanderson and shortlisted students were then invited to tour Anstey Wallpaper Manufacturers in Loughborough and give a short presentation of their work.