Date: 11th Aug 2016
A BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design graduand is looking forward to an exciting future after winning an award for a project for poor communities to use maize waste to make money.
Polly Redfern, who graduates with first-class honours next month (September 2016), was a Silver winner in the Creative Conscience award, promoting socially valuable projects, for her work, 'Maize Matter'. The award attracted more than 500 entries.
Polly is a surface designer specialising in natural dyeing and sustainable material and her work focused on enabling poorer communities around the world to use their agricultural waste by transforming it into a functional material to sell.
The ambitious student developed a website, worked with BA (Hons) Film and Television Production student Danny Flynn to make a video, and carried out a research project looking at how the waste from maize could be put to best use.
She said: "I'm aiming for the material to be used in construction and interior design. It works well as a sheet material and has mouldable qualities too so could be well used.
"I'd love to see whole communities develop from the material, maybe even building their own homes. I'm so over the moon to have so much interest in my project and it really feels like all of the hard work has paid off!
"I am so grateful for all of the support provided by the staff and technicians on the Textiles and Surface Design degree at Bucks New University. The course has strengthened both my creative thinking and professional practice, preparing me for shows I have exhibited at and post-university life."
Polly has displayed her work at a host of venues in London, including the prestigious New Designers Part 1 exhibition, SCIN Gallery, and Material Lab. Polly will also be displaying at trade fair MoOD in Brussels, Belgium and Tent London in September.
She hopes to develop her maize research during a six-month internship in Brasilia, Brazil, starting in October with jewellery designer, researcher and design consultant Flavia Amadeu.
Polly added: "I will be working on material research with Flavia Amadeu's studio in Brazil and will hopefully further my own maize material development."
Find out more about Polly's work on her website at http://pollymaeredfern.squarespace.com/.
At New Designers Part 1 BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design graduands Amy Blackwell and Molly Hutchinson received endorsement from notonthehighstreet.com, supporting small creative businesses, and coursemate Georgia Cleeves received endorsement from John Lewis and Trend Bible.
At New Designers Part 2, BA (Hons) Furniture graduand Hannah Foat won the G Plan Associate Prize, as well as receiving one of ten John Lewis Loves swing tags. Pip Jay King won the Swoon Editions Associate Prize.
Frazer Mackenzie, Head of School for Arts & Creative Industries, said: "This success is testament to the high standard of work on the courses. Congratulations to all involved."
Picture caption: Polly Redfern graduates in BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design in September 2016.