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Textile Design graduate wins first place in i-dott Design Competition

Recent graduate Anna Hague was named winner of the annual competition, which seeks to reward talented surface pattern designers

Anna Hague, BA (Hons) Textile Design, 2018
Anna Hague at the Degree Show Celebration Event

A recent graduate from our BA (Hons) Textile Design course has been named winner of the 2018 i-dott Design Competition. Established in 2013, the charity i-dott exists to enable design students to present their work through an annual competition to the international wallpaper and textile industries, facilitating critique from design experts and encouraging future innovation and leadership in the industry.

Anna Hague, who graduated from the School of Art & Design this summer, won first place for one of her wallpaper designs taken from her graduate collection, which she presented at NTU’s annual Degree Show, as well as at New Designers Week One in London this summer.

Taking the theory of ‘biophilia’ - of humans’ innate affiliation with nature - as a point of departure, Anna’s collection explores the healing power that nature brings to humans’ lives, applying this concept to design for site-specific locations such as care homes and hospitals. She gained inspiration from visiting several hospices and interviewing psychologists and healthcare professionals. The ultimate aim of her collection is to uplift, brighten and inspire the interiors of healthcare and domestic sites, while keeping in mind the health and wellbeing of people.

Detail of a design by Anna
Detail of a design by Anna

Upon being named winner, Anna told us: “I was extremely pleased! I look back on my time at NTU and feel that as a person, my confidence has grown vast amounts. I learnt that striving for the things you want in life and really putting your all into everything is so important at university, because you might not get those great opportunities in life again.”

She continued: “As a young designer, entering competitions like i-dott and getting your name out there is the key to success. I am over the moon to have even grown the confidence in myself to enter the competition, let alone win. Hard work pays off!”

Anna has already secured a job as assistant print designer at Hope and Ivy, a British fashion brand specialising in embroidery and hand-drawn prints, based in London.

Tina Downes, Principle Lecturer for Textile Design, commented: “It is always so rewarding to see people who work really hard achieve what they have dreamt of. I am delighted that Anna has got a graduate role that sounds really exciting.”

Published on 8 August 2018
  • Category: School of Art & Design