Textile and Knitwear Design students challenged with an innovative and sustainable live project

Nottingham Trent University's (NTU) links to SPINEXPO over the last few years have proved instrumental in securing work placements and employment opportunities for graduates, and raising the profile of the University internationally.

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

Nottingham Trent University's (NTU) links to SPINEXPO over the last few years have proved instrumental in securing work placements and employment opportunities for graduates, and raising the profile of the University internationally.

This year our students were tasked with a live project entitled ’Harvest Gold’, integrating a sustainable design approach to their work. The brief involved producing a collection of functional fashion fabrics, focusing on an assembly of tones ranging from natural shades of creams, beiges and light browns, through to all shades of yellows, deep chestnuts and rich brown pigments.

The global view behind this particular family of colours was to emphasise the positive energy and constructive meaning found in this spectrum of colours.

Helen Hill, Senior Lecturer in fashion knitwear design, told us: “Working on a live project with SPINEXPO is a huge opportunity for our Fashion Knitwear Design and Textile Design students as it provides them with a global platform to showcase their design talent, and to form stronger links with industry.

“The opportunity to take part in live projects set by the industry is a fantastic learning experience for all of our students and ensures they develop the professional skills required; this makes them very desirable as fashion knitwear and textile designers."

The NTU stand at SPINEXPO will present live project work from our Year Two BA (Hons) Textile Design and BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles students. It will also showcase designs by a selection of recent NTU undergraduate and postgraduate fashion knitwear design and textile design alumni.

Karine Van Tassel, founder and organiser of SPINEXPO, commented: "Our partnership with Nottingham Trent University has increased with mutual respect, as SPINEXPO considers the University to be one of the best, worldwide. At the moment, England is the vanguard in terms of style and technique, so we go for the crème de la crème."

Textile and Knitwear Design students challenged with an innovative and sustainable live project

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

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