Next set our Year Two Textile Design students a live project

Year Two students from our BA (Hons) Textile Design course have recently taken part in a 12 week live industry project set by fashion and lifestyle retailer, Next.

Year Two students from our BA (Hons) Textile Design course have recently taken part in a 12-week live industry project set by fashion and lifestyle retailer, Next.

The brief asked the students to create fresh, new and innovative designs and concepts for a variety of printed, woven and knitted products for Next's 2015 Autumn / Winter Menswear range.

The students worked in teams to develop new ideas, concepts and products which not only pushed the boundaries but were also commercial and relevant to Next's consumers. Current trends, colours, fabrics and other competition in the market were key areas which the students needed to consider when creating their designs.

Individually, the students created 10-12 samples each, from which they chose their best four to make up a collection.
The teams then gave a ten minute presentation of their work to a judging panel from Next, which included: 

  • Michael Wheeler, Head Graphic Designer 
  • Gemma Ploncyzk, Assistant Mens Knitwear Designer (NTU alumna)
  • Rachel Colman, Menswear Casual Shirts Designer)
  • Simon Hawksworth, Head of Menswear Design (NTU alumnus).

The winning team, chosen by the judges, were Jessica Ellwood (print); Laura Woodhouse (weave) and Katy Waterfield (knitted textiles), who designed their collection with the outdoors in mind. Their prize was a two-week work experience placement at Next's head office, working with Next's design teams.

Winner, Katy Waterfield told us: "I really loved this live project! I was in such a great group; we all bounced ideas off each other and were so excited and ambitious. I was extremely proud of us all when we found out we had won, as we all worked really hard on this brief. I think undertaking taking live projects is important because it gives us so much more reality to our design work. It is a really important part of making contacts, and keeping hold of them for when we graduate."

Jessica Ellwood added: "While working on this live project I essentially learned how to work as a professional. I had never had a brief which was so specific before and I didn't really have any idea about how designing for a company would even work. Completing the live project has made me realise how important team work and listening to a brief is."

Students Chloe House (knitted textiles), Chinarose Rai (weave) and Robbie Crooks (print) were also highly commended for their work.

 

Next set our Year Two Textile Design students a live project

Published on 22 March 2015
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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