BA (hons) Decorative Arts student bags second place in the SDC’s Colour Competition

Decorative Arts student Penny Harold bagged second place in this year's Colour Competition run by the Society of Dyers and Colourists.

Decorative Arts student Penny Harold bagged second place in this year's Colour Competition run by the Society of Dyers and Colourists.

The competition takes place every year and is open to everyone over the age of 18. This year's brief was for entrants to create their very own colour palette based on a trend for Spring/ Summer 2014, and to then translate this idea into a show stopping surface pattern design.

Penny says, "The project involved designing surface pattern for textiles with particular consideration for environmental impacts and continuing to reflect a strong colour palette. I designed a range of digitally printed surface pattern design for the contemporary home that could transfer across into fashion, my designs have a commercial feel to them."

Inspirations for her design came from architecture and geometric shape. "My designs incorporated a sense of retro design with a sophisticated colour palette," Penny added, "Choice of fabrics was key and research into sustainable fabrics such as tencil, tussah and bamboo silk was of particular importance to answer the brief fully."

There were two rounds to the competition, the first within NTU where work was submitted and selected by tutors from Fashion Knitwear and Decorative Arts, of which Penny was one of three to be selected to go through to the regional finals. The finalists were then interviewed by judges from the SDC itself.

Penny added, "There were then several lectures about colour and we were very honoured to have Chloe Geary, a designer at Joules, talk about design and branding which was great value and very interesting. I was very lucky to have won some money to be put towards material."

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BA (hons) Decorative Arts student bags second place in the SDC’s Colour Competition

Published on 27 February 2014
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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