Student success in Yorkshire’s national textile design awards

16 April 2020

Eleven students from Leeds Arts University BA (Hons) Textile Design course have been recognised in the Bradford Textile Society annual student design competition, including first prize in three categories.

Image: Lily Mullen - 1st Prize The British Wool and Alternative Flooring Company Award 

First prizes of £500 each and a one-year membership to the Textile Institute were awarded to Lilly Mullen, for a carpet or rug design using British wool, for residential or commercial use (The British Wool and Alternative Flooring Company Award); Hannah Grahamslaw, for a printed textile design for either fashion or interiors which shows creative potential by a first year undergraduate student (The Clothworkers’ Company Award); and Amy Greenfield, for a textile design, printed on a cotton/cotton-blend fabric, suitable for a specific children’s fashion or interiors collection (The CIWMT Award).

Image: Hannah Grahamslaw - 1st Prize The Clothworkers' Company Award 

Molly Marnoch received the third prize of £100 in The Worshipful Company of Dyers Award and a further seven students - Molly Bowyer, Ellie Mae Fisher, Sophie Forster, Rachel Gladwin, Chloe Henson, Corinne Snell and Alice Wilson – were given commendation across a number of categories.

Image: Amy Greenfield - 1st Prize CIWMT Award 

BA (Hons) Textile Design Course Leader, Tami Stewart said: “My congratulations go to students who have won and received commendations in The Bradford Textile Society Awards as well as those who entered. Participation in awards like these is an important opportunity for students to measure their work against that of university peers from across the country. 

“We specialise in print and surface design on the Textile Design course at Leeds Arts University and I am delighted to see our students excel in all the categories of the competition related to those disciplines. Their achievements are truly remarkable and it is cause for great celebration to again see their talent recognised by industry professionals on a national stage.”

Image: Molly Marnoch - 3rd Prize in The Worshipful Company of Dyers Award

The Bradford Textile Society was established in 1893 and is the oldest textile society in Britain. The society’s annual student design competition was originally set up in 1922-23 and open to students at Bradford Technical College and members of Bradford Textile Society. The prize was so popular locally that the submitted fabrics were displayed at one of Bradford’s leading department stores, Brown Muff & Co. It is now open to universities, colleges, schools of art students at undergraduate and master’s level as well as independent practitioners working in the UK.

The competition is supported by key textile organisations and industry representatives, and encourages emerging talent and excellence in all areas of textile design. It is widely considered to be one of the most important competitions for textile design students and entrants are often ‘talent-spotted’ during the judging process and offered jobs with leading textile manufacturers. 

All images courtesy of The Bradford Textile Society