Graduating designers get noticed by prestigious brands and associations at New Designers

Over 100 graduating artists and designers from NTU’s BA (Hons) Decorative Arts, BA (Hons) Costume Design and Making, BA (Hons) Textile Design and MA Fashion, Knitwear and Design courses had the opportunity to exhibit at New Designers in London.

More than 100 graduating artists and designers from the course areas of BA (Hons) Decorative Arts, BA (Hons) Costume Design and Making, BA (Hons) Textile Design and MA Fashion, Knitwear and Design had the opportunity to exhibit their work at London's Business Design Centre as part of the high profile annual New Designers Part 1 show in June.

The exhibition, now in its 31st year, is widely acknowledged as the UK's most important exhibition for emerging design. It showcases the fresh-thinking and innovation of 3,000 creative individuals, providing an essential pipeline of new talent into the UK's creative industries. It is attended by thousands of professionals and representatives from established and emerging brands who are looking for new approaches and innovation.

Each year, graduating students across several of the art and design courses at NTU have the chance to be selected and take part in the show, after their degree show exhibition in Nottingham.

This year our students have been acknowledged for the level of professionalism and innovation in their work by two highly prestigious organisations, who attend the show and use it as a springboard to help launch new talent into the design industries.

Texprint is an organisation run by industry professionals with the added support of many internationally recognised industry names. Their aim is to select, mentor and promote the best of the UK's newly graduated textile designers, providing an opportunity for realistic development, and a vital bridge between higher education and the real, commercial world.

This year, Texprint selected just 24 finalists from thousands of designers across the UK to take part in their showcase yarn and textile exhibition and competition in London, where a number of highly established design judges decide on the eventual winners of several high profile awards.

Of this final 24 UK-wide selection, three were from NTU. Those selected to take part in Texprint London which takes place in July, were Mikey Womack (BA (Hons) Textile Design); Esther Rigg and Martin Bonney (both MA Textile Design Innovation).

Not On The High Street is "the leading curated modern marketplace connecting the best small creative businesses, with the world."

The brand has gained the trust and loyalty of its customers through offering an alternative to the High Street: a curated product selection with unique designs, high-quality craftsmanship and inspiring stories behind the people that make them. As such, New Designers provides a fantastic scouting ground for them to make contact with emerging artist and designers with something new to offer.

At the exhibition, the brand, which has experienced exceptional growth with gross sales in 2015 reaching £156 million, commended the work of four NTU students.

The students picked out for Not on the High Street commendations were: Laura Holt (BA (Hons) Decorative Arts), Miranda Estevez-Baker (BA (Hons) Textile Design), Ella Ashworth (BA (Hons) Textile Design) and Hannah Croft (MA Textile Design Innovation).

Graduating designers get noticed by prestigious brands and associations at New Designers

Published on 5 July 2016
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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