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26 Mar 2015

Student’s Eden Project inspired collection shortlisted for national design award

A Loughborough University student has been shortlisted for a national award which recognises design talent across the country.

Anastazia Hadjiyiakoumi was selected from hundreds of entries by a panel of experts and will showcase her project at the New Design Britain Awards - one of the UK’s most definitive interiors exhibitions.

Anastazia, who studies Textiles: Innovation and Design at the School of the Arts, secured her place as a finalist in the ‘fabrics’ category with her woven design entitled Eden. Commencing work at the start of the university year, Anastazia has been dedicated to the research and development of her project and attributes the inspiration for her collection to The Eden Project in Cornwall. 

“I was really excited by the bold colours and natural forms seen in the plants and flowers of the tropical and Mediterranean gardens,” she said. “I was fascinated by the contrast between the large-scale manmade structure of the biodomes and the natural worlds inside them. I have tried to explore this fusion of geometric pattern and structure, with wild florals through the use of vibrant colours and interesting material combinations in order to create a dynamic collection of woven interior fabrics.” 

The 22-year-old spent three weeks applying different techniques and yarn combinations to create her woven fabrics on the loom, which involved hundreds of threads being individually threaded through the heddles to achieve the desired effect. She also spent a couple of days dyeing the yarns in a variety of colours. 

Read the press release for more information.