News / 26 Oct 2023

Students win at the Bradford Textile Society Awards 2023

BA (Hons) Textile Design

Students from BA (Hons) Textile Design have won prizes and commendations at the Bradford Textile Society Awards 2023, including first prize in two categories.

Established in 1893, the Bradford Textile Society is the oldest textile society in Britain, and despite all the changes which have taken place in the textile industry since its formation, the Society continues to thrive. The annual design competition, with total prize money of over £14,000, is unique in its breadth of coverage and attracts around 1,000 entries from students throughout the UK.

“The Bradford Textile Society Competition provides our students with a fantastic opportunity to promote themselves and gain significant exposure and coverage. The competition attracts over 1000 entries, so we are extremely proud of all the students who entered, as well as the prize-winners. They have all done exceptionally well and it is a reflection of the talent and dedication of students on the course”.

Gareth Wadkin, BA (Hons) Textile Design Course Leader

Students Beth Lingard, Maisie Rollinson and Zani Latimer placed first, second and third in The Clothworkers Company Award for first year undergraduates, with a commendation going to Lucy Palmer. Lillie Houseman was awarded a commendation in the Prestigious Textiles Award, for a textile design suitable for domestic curtains, upholstery, cushions and blinds, drawn in repeat.

“I was over the moon to hear I had won first prize at the Bradford Textile Society with my furry spotted friends. It was a joy to create the ‘Panthera Uncia’ print, as big cats are a personal favourite of mine!”

Beth Lingard, BA (Hons) Textile Design student

"It was an honour to be awarded second prize in the Clothworkers' Company Award alongside some of my extremely talented course mates. My Garden Bee pattern was my favourite piece of work from first year, so it was really rewarding having the hard work and effort being recognised."

Maisie Rollinson, BA (Hons) Textile Design student

Beth Daborn and Franki Barber took first and second place in the CIWMT Award, for a textile design suitable for a specific children’s fashion or interiors collection. Lillie Houseman was given a commendation in The Prestigious Textiles Award category.

"I’m delighted to have been awarded second place for my “Walk in the park” pattern in the children’s design category by the Bradford Textile Society. This is one of my favourite designs that I’ve created so I’m very happy that it’s getting recognition!"

Franki Barber, BA (Hons) Textile Design student

In addition to winning the CIWMT Award, Beth Daborn was also awarded the travel prize, presented on the day to four of the prize-winning and commended students from across all sections of the competition. Beth will receive an expenses-paid visit to Premiere Vision, Paris.

“Winning one of the categories for the Bradford Textile Society Awards was so amazing! My aim is to spread positivity with my work, so hopefully people smile when they see my entry! The awards ceremony was such a lovely day, and I even won another award which was the Travel Award where I will be going to Premier Vision in Paris which is so exciting.”

Beth Daborn, BA (Hons) Textile Design student

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