News / 24 Jun 2024

Textile Design students celebrate wins at New Designers 2024

BA (Hons) Textile Design

Students graduating from the University’s BA (Hons) Textile Design course showcased their work at New Designers 2024.

New Designers is the UK’s leading platform for design talent, featuring the work of over 3,000 talented graduates from the UK’s leading universities. The show gives graduates the opportunity to promote their work to an audience from across the design industry at the Business Design Centre, London.

The exhibition includes the New Designers Awards, a prestigious awards programme supported by leading industry partners who reward and recognise the design stars of the future.

Three BA (Hons) Textile Design students have won awards, including:

  • Franki Barber won The Clothworkers’ Company Printed Textile Design Associate Prize

  • Robyn Jones won the Skopos Fabrics Outstanding Surface Print Design Award

  • Ella Spencer won the Paperchase New Designers Award

Artist, designer, educator and cultural changemaker, Simone Brewster presented the students with the awards.

Fiza Kahn was also selected as a highlight by one of event directors, Sally Bent.

‘It feels amazing for my work to be recognised by such an established company such as Skopos. I haven’t stopped smiled since receiving the award and it has gave me a boost of confidence within myself and my work. Without the fantastic print facilities and amazing team at the uni I wouldn’t have been able to be so experimental and develop my passion for screen printing. I’m incredibly grateful to the team at uni for the experience of exhibiting at New Designers and being able to network with people in the creative industry."

Robyn Jones, BA (Hons) Textile Design student

"It was an amazing experience getting to speak with the Paperchase team and showcase my portfolio! I am over the moon to win the Paperchase Award and can't wait to get to work designing with them! Over the three years, the course has helped me curate a diverse portfolio and allowed me to experiment with designing across a variety of markets. Getting to attend New Designers has been an incredible experience full of exciting conversations!"

Ella Spencer, BA (Hons) Textile Design student

“New Designers provides our students with a fantastic platform on which to promote themselves and gain significant exposure, providing an important opportunity as they leave university to find their own way in the industry. We are immensely proud of our graduating students who have produced an outstanding collection of work to showcase at the exhibition.”

Gareth Wadkin, BA (Hons) Textile Design Course Leader

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