NTU students exhibit and succeed at New Designers

Selected graduating students from NTU's BA (Hons) Textile Design, BA (Hons) Costume Design and Making, BA (Hons) Decorative Arts and MA Textile Design Innovation have exhibited and had success at this year’s New Designers graduate showcase.

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NTU exhibit at New Designers

Selected graduating students from NTU's BA (Hons) Textile Design, BA (Hons) Costume Design and Making, BA (Hons) Decorative Arts and MA Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design courses have exhibited and had success at this year’s New Designers Part 1 graduate showcase.

New Designers, which is celebrating its 30th year, sees over 3,000 of the most promising graduate talents from Britain’s leading design courses exhibit at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. The event gives freshly graduating students the opportunity to sell their work, meet potential employers and win a number of industry sponsored awards.

BA (Hons) Costume Design and Making student Eve Kann was awarded the New Designers Hainsworth Statement Award for her imposing seven-foot high costume model based on Queen Herodius from the opera Salome. This award is given in recognition of outstanding creativity and originality for textile development and finish.

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Eve Kann with her winning design at New Designers

AW Hainsworth is a long established textile company, internationally renowned for manufacturing woollen fabrics, and integrating the traditional qualities of craftsmanship with cutting edge innovation. The company was particularly impressed with the level of process and innovation that Eve had used, commenting on her visual impact and verbal description of the process, the creativity of the fabric used and the scale of her product.

Eve said: "I really enjoyed the design and making process as I had to make decisions along the way. I learnt a lot too! I hadn't made a wig before but I got a lot of help from one of the technicians at NTU.

"I wanted to use a fantastic silk fabric I had seen in London but when I got to the shop I realised I couldn't afford it, so I decided to go for a cheaper version and I started to experiment with it to achieve the look I wanted using heat to melt parts of the fabric. The more I did, the more I wanted to do, and it all turned into a big experiment.

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Katie Alderson highly commended at New Designers

"The whole course has been fantastic and I've enjoyed it so much. The tutors have been inspirational and the level of skills and experience available to us has been amazing. I've learnt so much and it's been so satisfying to learn how to make my designs. When I finally stepped back and looked at the finished piece I felt really proud."

Eve won the Awards Prize of £1000 to support the development of design and production going forward.

A further accolade was awarded to BA (Hons) Decorative Arts student Katie Alderson who was highly commended by the Contemporary Glass Association for her Ideology Workshop collection, which is based on links with signs of the zodiac and the characteristics of each sign.

Katie told us: "My final collection is a result of the processes I most enjoyed on the course. Besides glass, the products are made of metal and wood. I've been invited to exhibit at Lustre later this year, and here at New Designers I've been approached by a few galleries who really like my work. I'm keen to try and develop my collection and look at ways that I might be able to produce it going forward.

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Gilles Werbrouck has been selected to exhibit at TexPrint

"I have absolutely loved the course. It has given me the chance to try so many processes and work with a wide range of materials and facilities, which are amazing at NTU. As a course, we have all specialised in different areas in our final year, but this has given us the opportunity to learn from each other.

"I love Nottingham and I've made a lot of contacts with the creative industry there throughout my course so I'm keen to stay and take my ideas forward, possibly though The Hive. It's really exciting!"

BA (Hons) Textile Design student Amy Foster was also recognised by trend forecasting agency, Global Color Research receiving one of their 'Spotted by Global Color Research' colour cards for her innovative use of colour. When speaking to Amy on the stand, they said:  "We love your choice of subtle tones and expressionist mark making."

Fellow printed textiles student Zara Shaw was also awarded for trend innovation, one of three awards given by Trend Bible Select and will be featured on their blog as an up-and-coming designer.

MA Fashion Knitwear Design student Gilles Werbrouck also had success at the event, being selected to exhibit at TexPrint later this month as a result of his work on the NTU stand.

NTU students exhibit and succeed at New Designers

Published on 29 June 2015
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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