Textile Design students secure Worshipful Company of Weavers scholarship awards

Five final year weavers have been awarded a total of £7000 to support their final year projects

Lucy in the Weave Studio
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Lucy in the Weave Studio

Five students on our BA (Hons) Textile Design course have been awarded scholarship awards totalling £7000 from the Worshipful Company of Weavers. Our Textile Design course is now on a prestigious list of six UK universities eligible for the Support for Education awards from the charitable organisation, which exists to support the weaving and textile industry now and in future generations.

Final year student Lucy Knights was recognised for her innovative approach to weaving, and was awarded £3000. This will help to support her final project costs. She told us: “NTU has an amazingly broad Textiles course, and studying here has given me a lot of creative freedom.  The equipment in the weave department is fantastic, and I feel really lucky to have been able to work on a large variety of looms and develop my experience with industrial equipment. My specialism also gave me the opportunity to apply for the scholarship that I was awarded from the Worshipful Company of Weavers."

She continued: “My final project is based on modernising traditional British fabrics and drawing on the importance of British sourcing. I have been able to develop this extensively with the help of my scholarship award.”

An example of Lucy's weave work
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An example of Lucy's weave work

A further four students were also successful in being awarded funds from the charity. Laura Blakeley, Lucy Newbold, Charlotte Orr and Nakita Potter each received £1000.

Additionally, a bursary of £14,500 was awarded to NTU for the purchase of a new ARM Touch 60 table loom stand and accessories. This, along with a yarn budget, will support all of the students in the department.

Textile Design course leader Tina Downes commented: “Many thanks to our fabulous weave tutors, Angharad McClaren, Nigel Marshall and Anna Piper, who work tirelessly to support the funding bid writing and references to make all this possible.”

Textile Design students secure Worshipful Company of Weavers scholarship awards

Published on 26 March 2018
  • Category: Culture; School of Art & Design

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