Two Fashion Accessory Design students receive £500 Award from The Leathersellers' Company

Two final year Fashion Accessory Design students, Rebecca Knights and Daisy Ogle, have been awarded £500 each courtesy of The Leathersellers’ Charitable Fund.

Two final year Fashion Accessory Design students, Rebecca Knights and Daisy Ogle, have been awarded £500 each courtesy of The Leathersellers’ Charitable Fund.

The Leathersellers’ Company devotes its energies to support for charity, education and the British leather trade, and has recently donated £1,000 to promote the innovative use of leather in our Fashion Accessory Design students' final collections. Rebecca and Daisy were both selected as worthy winners by an in-house judging panel made up of NTU staff after submitting their proposals at the end of Term One.

When asked about her proposal, Rebecca said: “My collection is inspired by structure created naturally versus artificial form altered by man. It began with being intrigued by the complex structure of minerals that grow in specific geometric shapes, in contrast with the natural form of the human body. It is influenced by sculptors and fine artists that use unusual materials to create organic-looking forms.”

“The prize money has enabled me to create the collection to the best of my ability. I was able to spend more on high-quality leather that I wanted to use for my chosen market level to create high-quality investment pieces that are wearable and unique. I also spent it on the copper filament for the 3D printer. Being recognized for the award definitely gave me the confidence to explore techniques and materials that would create a more innovative outcome that I may not have otherwise tried.”

The Leathersellers’ Company have continued to support our Fashion Accessory Design students with extremely generous donations over the past two years, with £2,000 being contributed last year in response to their Enterprise Initiative for Student Funds project. The £2,000 award was put towards a laser cutting machine for jewellery manufacture and a 3D printer for the students to use.

Fashion Accessory Design course leader Lee Mattock told us: “The Leathersellers’ Company has been an invaluable source of support over the past two years. They have supported our innovative work in leather which has led to excellent student prospects and careers in the industry. We look forward to continuing this relationship over the coming years as we work together on some exciting projects.”

The University would like to thank The Leathersellers' Company for their continued partnership with the Fashion Accessory Design course.

Two Fashion Accessory Design students receive £500 Award from The Leathersellers' Company

Published on 29 June 2016
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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