Textile Design students impress in exclusive design project for DFS

Five Year Three BA (Hons) Textile Design students have gained work placements with British furniture retailer DFS following their work on an exclusive design project.

DFS design project shortlist students with their designs
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Florence Tambini Cooper, Charlotte Atkin, Alison Chevill, Alisha Abel and Heather Robertson

Five students in Year Three of our BA (Hons) Textile Design course have gained work placements with British furniture retailer DFS following their work on an exclusive design project.

Fifteen students took part in the project, which was briefed last October. DFS established this project exclusively for students taking BA Hons Textile Design, coinciding with a new range they are developing for a younger, more design conscious clientele. Students were required to produce 4 designs in 4 or 5 colour ways in response to the brief.

At the final presentations in early February this year, Alisha Abel was chosen as the overall winner of the project. She was awarded £500 and a work placement at DFS, in addition to her designs featuring in the 2017 DFS Capsule Collection, which will be in stores this summer.

She said: “I thoroughly enjoyed working to the DFS brief. My project for this brief was based around a Mexican architects work, Luis Barragan. I have created various mark makings and collages from his work and then turned them into prints. I wanted my collection to be contemporary and young and the same time. When finding out I won, I was shocked but thoroughly excited at the same time! I cannot wait to work with the DFS team.”

Kellie Wyles, Head of Brand for DFS, said: “Alisha really captured the essence of the brief, and the power of the story behind her prints was perfect.”

The overall quality of the students’ work was so exceptional that the DFS team decided to acknowledge the achievements of the four other shortlisted students. Charlotte Atkin, Alison Chevill, Heather Robertson and Florence Tambini Cooper were all awarded work placements at DFS, which will provide them with the opportunity to develop their ideas further in an industry environment.

Victoria Knew, a recent NTU Textile Design graduate, was on the panel, having been snapped up by DFS design team on the strength of her degree show work last summer. On her experience this year, she said: “It was really exciting! I couldn’t wait to see what the students had created for us.”

She continued: “I gained so much from entering competitions like this; winning two placements and my designs being out in the industry. It’s always brilliant to put on your CV and shows employers you’re keen to learn and get involved. Even if you don’t win it’s always so helpful to hear encouraging comments and feedback from industry, a real confidence booster!”

Textile Design students impress in exclusive design project for DFS

Published on 8 February 2017
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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