Recent BA (Hons) Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design graduate, Amy Bartlett, has been shortlisted for the New Design Britain Awards in the Surfaces category.
New Design Britain is a dedicated graduate programme which showcases new design talent from British universities, providing support and a stepping stone for design graduates wishing to progress into the international design industry. For over 10 years they have been talent spotting fresh new designers. This year they saw a record number of entries across the six competition categories:- Accessories, Architecture, Fabrics, Furniture, Interior Design and Surfaces. The competition was stronger than ever, with only five finalists from each category making it through to the awards.
The winners, one from each category, will be announced at May Design Series from 17-19 May at ExCel London.
We caught up with Amy on being shortlisted.
Tell us about your entry?
“My entry for New Design Britain was a collection of surfaces that I developed throughout my final year at Leeds College of Art that have the potential to be contextualised across a variety of interior surface applications including wall coverings and furniture. The surfaces are driven by material explorations into geometric forms and perspectives, inspired in particular by modernist architectural structures.”
How you feel on being shortlisted?
“I am really happy and excited to have been selected as a New Design Britain finalist and believe that exhibiting my work at the May Design Series in London will be a great platform for my career as a designer. I am looking forward to gaining fresh exposure to my work a year after graduating as well as the chance to meet and talk to people within the design industry.”
What does it means for your career?
“I hope that it will lead to new opportunities and I am also excited to meet other designers from different design disciplines in the hope that it might lead to some interesting collaborative projects in the future.”