Graduates take home top awards at News Designers 2018

09 July 2018

Three recent BA (Hons) Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design graduates were recognised for their talent and creativity at the New Designers Awards 2018, receiving top awards presented by the design industry.

The prizes were presented by famed textiles designer Orla Keily, at an industry awards evening on Wednesday 27 June.

Remy Goddard scooped the New Designers Joules Print Award for her seaside illustrations. Her collection ‘Coastal bliss’ utilises a traditional seaside theme, brought up to date through a contemporary use of colour and illustration. She impressed the judges to take home a £500 cash prize, and a two week paid placement with Joules.

The judges commented:

"Remy's work really personifies Joules' playful side. Her illustrations have a lovely contemporary feel and her subject matter felt akin to the central themes we explore every season"

Delighted with her win Remy told us:

“I’m so happy to have won this award, it’s such a confidence boost. I’m really excited about doing the placement with Joules. It’s a brand that has really inspired my practice and it’s a huge compliment to be recognised”

Image: Remy Goddard with her collection. Photograph by Mark Cocksedge

Emily Edwards was presented with the New Designers Harlequin Award for her abstract multi-functional artwork, ‘The Colours of Eden’, a hand-dyed and screen printed collection celebrating human and natural form. The judges were impressed with Emily’s "beautiful use of colour with expressive drawing style and varied hand."

Emily was awarded a cash prize of £1000 to support the development of her emerging design career alongside the opportunity to gain industry experience with a three week internship in one of Harlequin's studios.

She told us:

“I’m so excited! Harlequin is a brand that I really admire. I didn’t ever expect to win it at all. So happy they’ve seen my work and like it!”

Image: Harlequin Award winner Emily Edwards with her collection 'The Colours of Eden. Photograph by Mark Cocksedge

The Sainsbury’s Home & Argos Home Award went to graduate Lucy Beckett for her collection of printed textiles, inspired by the landscape of the Peak District. She will ffreceive mentoring from the Sainsbury's Argos Design Studio and a £500 cash prize.

The award was presented by Andrew Tanner, Design Manager Sainsbury’s Home and Argos Home, and interior designer and presenter Sophie Robinson. They commented:

"Lucy demonstrated a strong use of colour, combining tactile hues, sensitive mark making and conversational prints. Lucy's portfolio was diverse and showed an ability to be creative through different handwriting styles.

To stand out from this crowd is no mean feat, we loved her innovative palette, lightness of hand and original creative flair”

Excited to win the award, Lucy told us:

“I feel so grateful and overwhelmed to have had the recognition and acknowledgment from such high profile brands. I never expected it, it’s really exciting to think what the future holds. Everyone here deserves an award, the standard of work is incredible and it’s such an honour to exhibit with everyone here.”

Many other Leeds Arts University graduates exhibiting at New Designers were also rewarded for their talents, picking up a range of commendations and the opportunity to be interviewed by prestigious brands such as John Lewis, Joules and Sainsbury's Home. Their work was showcased at New Designers, between 27 – 30 June 2018.