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31 January 2006 PR 06/12

Students have designs on 3M Health Care

A young textile design artist from Loughborough University has won a commission to produce an original piece of artwork for 3M Health Care.

Jemma Marshall’s work, which will be going on display as a ceiling installation in the company’s newly refurbished restaurant, was chosen from entries to the 3M Textile Design Awards, organised with the Loughborough University School of Art and Design (LUSAD).

For the awards, all the second year students on the BA course in Printed Textile Design at LUSAD had been given the brief to conceive an innovative piece of artwork for the Loughborough-based company. The 28 designs were shortlisted to six finalists and, at a presentation evening in the restaurant, Jemma has been declared the top £500 prize winner.

Jemma, aged 20, said she was delighted to win the award. “The inspiration for my design was taken from looking back from the very beginning of 3M as a company in Minnesota a hundred years ago to how it is today and its place amongst the community of Loughborough,” she said.

  Winning designer Jemma Marshall (centre) with Katherine Dawson (left), Laura Joynson and Bill Cruise of 3M Health Care.

“It reflects the work that the company does on a daily basis to improve health and well being, incorporating patterns and symbols found on healthcare labelling and packaging.

“It’s a great thrill to have my design chosen and I hope the diners in the restaurant will enjoy looking at the finished work.”

3M director of Health Care Bill Cruise was a member of the judging panel and he presented Jemma with her award at the evening attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Loughborough, the student finalists and representatives of 3M Health Care and Loughborough University.

Bill commented: “We were hugely impressed with the unlimited boundaries of imagination shown by all the students, and it was a hard task to narrow them down to six finalists. To choose just one winner and two highly commended designs was even more difficult.

“Jemma’s design will be a memorable piece of artwork. It will complement the contemporary style of the restaurant and be a talking point among our staff and visitors.”

The two highly commended designs were by students Laura Joynson and Katherine Dawson, who each won £250 awards. The other three finalists also received thank-you gifts.

Nick Rodgers, lecturer in Printed Textiles at LUSAD, said all the students taking part in the awards competition had benefited from having a real life project to work on as part of their degree course.

“Jemma will now get the valuable opportunity to put her design into production, which is very unusual for a student in her second year. And, of course, she can take great pride in the fact that her work is being exhibited for years to come.”


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Notes to editors

  1. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

    In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

  2. 3M is continuously finding new ways to make amazing things happen. It is inspired by working closely with its customers to create innovative products that help make the world smarter, faster, healthier and safer. Well-known 3M brands include Scotch, Post-it, Scotchgard, Thinsulate and Scotch-Brite.

    3M was founded in 1902 and has pioneered technological innovation ever since, including reflective materials used in road signs, the latest flexible Œsoft casts‚ for broken limbs, a new class of drugs to treat skin cancer, display enhancement films making electronic displays brighter and fire protection products that help against the spread of fire, smoke and toxic fumes.

    Today 3M employs 67,000 people worldwide to deliver an extensive range of products, technologies and services to its customers in more than 200 countries. Its diverse technologies and products touch nearly every aspect of modern life, from consumer and office, display and graphics, electronics and telecommunications, safety, security and protection services, health care, industrial and transportation markets.

    The UK and Ireland is home to one of the largest 3M subsidiaries outside the USA, employing 3300 people across 13 locations, including eight manufacturing sites. Products manufactured in the UK include coated abrasives, respirators, adhesive tapes and pharmaceuticals.

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