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4 Jul 2019

Textiles finalists impress judges at New Designers exhibition

Chloe Andrews – who has just completed her Textiles degree at Loughborough and specialised in Printed Textiles – was announced as the winner of the Kingfisher Design Talent Award last week.

This award is given to a designer who demonstrates both creativity and a commercial understanding, with a diverse approach to surface design.

In addition, they were looking to identify a graduate who demonstrated a sound understanding and use of colour, with an ability to visualise collections across the home.

Chloe’s collection, Swedish Escape, is an elegant interior collection influenced by the city of Stockholm, where she spent her placement year.

Her work focuses on bringing the outdoors into the home and features enchanting scenes from the Swedish landscape. It was influenced by Wes Anderson’s colour palettes, prints by Missoni and Marimekko, folkloric tales as well as artists such as Paula Jenkins, Katherine Dunlap and Jess Franks.

As a result of winning the prize, Chloe was offered a six-month paid internship with the Kingfisher team, who are based in Southampton.

Chloe said: “It felt overwhelming to have won an award and I was delighted to have been recognised for my use of colour.”

Fellow finalist Megan Hilliard was awarded the Wilcom Associate Prize, which is given to an individual who shows creativity and commercial understanding of today’s diverse digital embroidery design requirements.  

The Integrated Digital Practice student was praised highly by the judges, who said: “Megan’s processes are well considered, and she has a keen ambition to bring back upholstery embellishment into niche UK markets.”

Megan’s interior design collection, El Jardin, is based on a research project she undertook in Seville, where she looked at the relationship between growth and decay. She used digital techniques which make her work look hand-embroidered at first glance. Megan has been awarded £6,000 worth of software and online training as a result of winning the Associate Prize.

Two further finalists have been chosen for a prestigious mentor programme called TexSelect.

Jo Rance and Flora Daly competed against 200 of the top graduates from textiles design degree programmes across the UK, including at postgraduate level. Only 24 are picked for the programme, which enables the designers to gain first-hand experience of the industry by attending one of the biggest textile trade shows in Europe, Première Vision Paris.

They are also introduced to buyers at the TexSelect London Preview and have opportunities to take up internships and be trained on specialist CAD software.

To see the full list of prize winners at Week 1 of New Designers, visit the dedicated website.

You can see more examples of our Textiles students’ work on the Arts Degree Show website.

Main image: Megan Hilliard, Flora Daly, Jo Rance and Chloe Andrews have all won awards for their Textiles work.