NTU students embrace design innovation at international trade show in China

A selection of our Fashion, Textile and Knitwear Design students will showcase their work at the 29th session of international exhibition SPINEXPO, in Shanghai.

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Mollie French (left) and Laura Henderson (right) to help at SPINEXPO

A selection of our Fashion, Textile and Knitwear Design students will showcase their work at the 29th session of international exhibition SPINEXPO, in Shanghai. Organised by textile specialists, the event presents the best in fibres, yarns, knitwear, knitted fabrics, and creative machinery, and attracts thousands of trade visitors.

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BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design students with their SPINEXPO project work

The School of Art & Design has a long-standing relationship with SPINEXPO and its founder Karine Van Tassel. For the last five years we’ve offered our students the opportunity to take part in live design projects, and exhibit their work on the global stage.

Tina Downes, BA (Hons) Textile Design Course Leader, commented: “It is an inspiring opportunity for students to work with forthcoming trends, and exhibit at an international tradeshow. It builds their awareness of the global market, and offers opportunities for selected students to travel to the event and work with the SPINEXPO team to help build the show.

“Students also collaborate in multi-disciplinary design teams and work with fabulous yarns from spinners that they may not otherwise have access to. It is very exciting when students see their fabrics picked up by global trend scouts.”

Year Two students Mollie French (BA Hons Textile Design) and Laura Henderson (BA Hons Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles) will be travelling to China to help at the event.

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BA (Hons) Textile Design students with their SPINEXPO project work

Mollie told us: “I cannot wait to experience what a trade fair will be like, especially abroad with so many different countries and people from different cultures. I am also really excited to represent the University and show off everyone’s hard work!”

Laura added: “It’s amazing to have been selected for such an opportunity and I’m honoured to be taking part! I think this opportunity will massively benefit me after I graduate; I will have first-hand experience of setting up and helping out at an internationally recognised show, and get a good idea of how everything works in the knitwear industry.”

NTU students embrace design innovation at international trade show in China

Published on 23 February 2017
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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