Bradford Textile Society
Date: 29th Apr 2016
A host of Bucks New University Textiles and Surface Design students have enjoyed success at the Bradford Textile Society Design Competition, which attracts almost 1,000 entries from across the UK.
Second-year student Abbie Loveridge won first prize and £500 in the Clothworkers' Foundation Award for a fabric for fashion or interior use showing an innovative combination of textile processes.
Fellow student Zeba Safdar gained second prize and £300 in a further Clothworkers' Foundation Award, for a material construction for either fashion or interior products produced by non-conventional processes or new technologies.Emma Kendall won third prize in the Association of Fashion & Textile Courses Award, for designing a fabric for a specific fashion collection. Georgia Cleeves and Francine Horsfield were also commended for a further Clothworkers' Foundation Award, for a knitted fabric for either fashion or interiors.
Abbie said her designs mixed digital prints and metal with embroidery, updating many elements of traditional embroidery and based around the theme of soundwaves in East London. She said: "I was not expecting this success and it is a really nice confidence boost, as well as showing that judges appreciate my work."
Zeba's successful work used veneer and PVC and related to the harmony between man-made and natural materials. She added: "Our lecturers at Bucks New University encouraged us to enter the competition and it is amazing to do well and to have my work recognised in this way."
Course Leader Rosie Cate said: "We are delighted by this outstanding achievement across so many categories. The competition has recognised the diversity and innovation of our students across the three pathways offered on the course, which are print, knit and surface, and I am very pleased for all of the students."
The Bradford Textile Society's annual Design Competition, with total prize money of over £10,000, is unique in its breadth of coverage. The Society itself was established in 1893 and is the oldest textile society in Britain.
First picture caption: (L-R) Emma Kendall, Georgia Cleeves, Francine Horsfield, Zeba Safdar, Abbie Loveridge.
Second picture caption: Award winner Abbie Loveridge.
Third picture caption: Zeba Safdar won second prize for her work.