Textile student wins The Harlequin Award at New Designers

22 September 2020

BA (Hons) Textile Design student Molly Marnoch has won The Harlequin Award at this year’s New Designers Awards for her collection Overlooked Sublime. And, from the same course, Corinne Snell, was shortlisted for a Colour in Design Award and selected as a One to Watch.

Image: Molly Marnoch, Overlooked Sublime Collection, 2020.

New Designers is an industry-led platform that enables fresh design talent to connect with design educators, professionals and consumers, for creative exchange and collaboration. Their support of graduating students has been particularly important in a year which has been so disrupted by Covid-19.   

The Awards, supported by many of the UK’s most respected design brands, are an annual highlight for graduating students. This year, New Designers, ensured that the show went ahead with award announcements broadcast live, via Facebook, from London’s Business Design Centre on 17 September.

 Images: Molly Marnoch, Overlooked Sublime Collection (Concept development), 2020.

Sponsors of the award, Harlequin, invited designers to present a collection that expressed confident use of pattern and colour to evoke a specific mood through interior furnishings. Molly worked with natural dyes and exposed paint to invoke the earthy colours, textures and tones of the British countryside bringing our often overlooked sublime landscape into the home.

The Harlequin judges said: “At Harlequin we are all about expressing colour confidence through design and Molly’s beautifully sophisticated colour palette fused with her wonderfully striking yet calming hand has created stunning landscape, and floral designs, perfect for interiors.”

Molly will be awarded £1,000 alongside a three-week internship at one of Harlequin’s studios. 

 Images: Designs by Corinne Snell shortlisted for a Colour in Design Award at New Designers 2020.

Corinne Snell, who was shortlisted for a Colour in Design Award at New Designers and selected as a One to Watch, completed internships at Oliver Bonas and Hallmark while studying BA (Hons) Textiles at Leeds Arts University. She is now continuing her studies on Nottingham Trent University’s MA Textile Design and Innovation course with the support of an iDott post-graduate bursary.

Browse the Leeds Arts University BA (Hons) Textile Design online stand at New Designers.