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Buckinghamshire New University's third year knit student Szilvia Burrows has been awarded a top £2,500 bursary by the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters.
The 28-year-old had to write a detailed proposal and be interviewed for more than two hours to win a bursary, which range from £1000-£2500. Szilvia (pictured right), studying for her BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design, said: "I was so thrilled when I found out that I won the bursary. I am just very glad that my work, my ideas and designs are interesting and rewarded this way - it is really a confidence boost."
The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters, one of the City of London's Livery Companies, invites students in their final year of study to apply for bursaries. Hopefuls write a proposal for their final projects and state what they would potentially spend funds on and how they think their work could benefit the British knitting industry.
Students are then selected for interview to discuss their work, proposal, technical knowledge and aptitude.
Zoe Miller, Pathway Leader Knit BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design, said: "Most of the current livery men work within the knitting industry are on the manufacturing side and are keen that strong technical knowledge, as well as creative ability, are taught and encouraged so that the industry will continue.
"Szilvia had an interview for over two hours and the feedback I had from George Turner and Humphrey Bartlett was extremely positive regarding the course, the changes that have been made over the last two years, and the high level of skills shown by Szilvia.
"This is a fantastic achievement for Szilvia and excellent recognition for our course. We hope to continue to develop our relationship with Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters."
Szilvia, who is hoping to set up her own business, was awarded the highest amount bursary and the money will go towards materials, equipment and other research. Her final major project is called "Formations". Szilvia's aim is to create futuristic, urban-inspired sports luxe garments for women to improve the body's flexibility and movement through engineered fabric placement.