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Norwich students win national textile awards

Norwich 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.

Among the awards announced was a first prize for Year 3 student Lucy Kent, who received £400 for the Clothworker’s Foundation Award for a material construction for either a fashion or interiors product created by non-conventional means. Her entry was a material suitable for interiors made by embedding acrylic into thick felt using a geometric pattern to engineer varying fluidity within the material when handled.

Lucy Kent, BA Fashion student at Norwich University of the Arts and first prize winner in the Bradford Textile Society Design Competition

Lucy Kent, BA Fashion student at Norwich University of the Arts and first prize winner in the Bradford Textile Society Design Competition

Lucy says: “The tutors at NUA have been extremely supportive of my work, encouraging me to push boundaries and take opportunities. To be recognised by an industry competition feels like real validation. Now I trust more in my work and ability – I feel an extra confidence and look forward to showcasing my work to a wider audience.”

Other prizes included a second place and a commendation for Year 3 student Rosalyn Crosthwaite in the Clothworkers’ Foundation Award for a knitted fabric for accessories for fashion or interiors which earned her £250. Year 1 student Emily Phipps won third prize and £100 in the Holland and Sherry Award for a woven fabric in any fibre or blend, while Lisa Wells and Michael Bartley both earned commendations in the Clothworkers’ Foundation Award for innovative combination of textile processes for the fashion market.

First prize winning entry in the Clothworkers’ Foundation Award for a material construction for either a fashion or interiors product created by non-conventional means, by Lucy Kent, BA Textile Design student at Norwich University of the Arts

First prize winning entry in the Clothworkers’ Foundation Award for a material construction for either a fashion or interiors product created by non-conventional means, by Lucy Kent, BA Textile Design student at Norwich University of the Arts

Professor Hilary Carlisle, Dean of Arts and Design at NUA, says: “We are delighted that our students have again put in a strong showing at this prestigious national competition, after bringing back six awards last year. We help students develop the skills and approach required to succeed in industry competitions because they provide an excellent introduction to the standards of work expected in the commercial sector. The continuing success of our students in competitions such as this highlight the creativity and innovation embedded in all the courses we teach at NUA.”

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