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23 April 2008 PR 08/50

Loughborough University students dominate at Bradford Textile Awards 2008

Students from Loughborough University School of Art and Design (LUSAD) are celebrating again after a phenomenal win at the Bradford Textile Society Design Competition.

Nine students fought off entries from other universities and colleges, designers in industry and freelance designers throughout the UK to receive five awards and four commendations for their outstanding designs. All of the students are in their second or third year of Woven Textiles and Printed Textiles degrees at Loughborough.

Lauren Balding, a Woven Textiles student, excelled at the award ceremony, winning first prize in the ‘Woven fabric for womenswear or menswear’ category, and an impressive two commendations went to Carlene Carlson and Sarah Kendal. Carlene Carlson also received second prize for a ‘Knitted or woven fabric designed for interior textiles’, with Lucy Murfin picking up a commendation.

Second and third prizes were also awarded to Joanne Edden and Hannah Jefferies for a ‘Surface pattern design, suitable for interiors textiles’, and Jennifer Lammas received a commendation. Frances Hickingbotham received a commendation for ‘Crossing the Boundaries’ – an award for innovative textile designs for fashion fabrics that involve a combination of textile processes, and Emma Godden won third prize in the British Wool Textile Export Corporation Award for excellence, for a design of a contemporary woven fabric for menswear and womenswear.

 
  An example of Lauren Balding’s work. Lauren won first prize in the ‘Woven fabric for womenswear or menswear’.

All students have been invited to the Bradford Textile Design Society design seminar and awards ceremony at the National Media Museum in Bradford on 9 May, where their work is on display.

The Bradford Textile Society Design Competition is recognised as being the most prestigious competition of its kind in the UK, sponsored by Premier Vision, the British Wool Textile Export Corporation, the Textile Finishers Association, the British Textile Designers Guild, the Clothworkers Foundation and others.

Jan Shenton, Programme Leader in Loughborough University’s Woven Textile Design Programme, expressed her delight at the awards. She said: “I am thrilled with the results, all of the students have done fantastically well. Entering work for a national competition such as the Bradford awards gives them a fantastic opportunity to conceptualise their work and be judged by distinguished design professionals.”

LUSAD’s Textile Design Programme has an excellent track record of success in national awards. Designs produced by staff and students are sold worldwide to household names in the fashion and interior design industry, including Louis Vuitton, Prada, Donna Karan, Diane Von Furstenberg, Christian Lacroix, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren.

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  1. For an image of Lauren Balding’s work contact the Public Relations Office.

  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national league tables. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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