Textile Design students gain work placements with design studio Romo

Four students in Year Two of the BA (Hons) Textile Design course at Nottingham Trent University have been awarded placements with Romo following an exclusive live project.

The winning team with Gillian and Abi of Romo
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The winning team with Gillian and Abi of Romo

Four students in Year Two of the BA (Hons) Textile Design course at Nottingham Trent University have been awarded placements with Romo following an exclusive live project. Established in 1902, Romo is an international leader in the design and marketing of exclusive furnishing and upholstery fabrics, wallcovering and trimmings.


The students were put into groups, and given a live project brief to design a collection of fabrics for various interior applications for the Romo brand. The designs were required to be suitable for printed, woven and embroidered fabrics for launch at London Design Week 2018.


Print Design Manager Gillian Edwards and Designer Abi Hutton, both from Romo, came to view and judge the presentations of work on Tuesday 7 March. The student groups in turn presented their initial research through mood boards and fabric samples, and subsequent collection development ideas. Gillian and Abi were looking for designs which demonstrated forward looking colour palettes, and which showed an understanding of the requirements of the Romo brand and its customers through considered and cohesive themes.


Gillian said: “All the students have worked really well, and what they have created has been lovely. We could happily be here for weeks looking through all their designs! The winning team demonstrated strong design, colour and presentation skills along with successful team work."


Students Anna Hague and Emily Rowland, members of the winning group, were offered work placements for showing strong creative flair. Fellow students Rachel Appleby and Georgia Bailey were also offered work placements based on the merits of their individual works. Georgia Bailey said: “I’m really excited, and am hoping to learn as much as possible! I am really interested in interiors and how the process works, from concept development to final outcomes. To work with people that have been doing this for so long will be super useful and interesting.”


Natalie Wain, Senior Lecturer on the Textile Design course, said: “NTU has been working with Romo on live briefs with their students for more than 4 years, with many students going on to gain placements, graduate and full time employment. The live brief gives the students a great opportunity to work on a commercial brief for a specific brand and market, which gives them technical and design skills to meet industry requirements and improve their employability.”

Textile Design students gain work placements with design studio Romo

Published on 22 March 2017
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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