Galway-Mayo Student Wins Ireland Heat


Talented textile print design student Eleanore Curley from the Centre for Creative Arts and Media at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology has plenty to smile about after winning the Ireland heat of the SDC, International Design Competition, which took place at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin on Friday 23rd June.  The judges commented that Eleanore’s ‘Design for a Circular Economy’ – sports wear for Generation Y  “demonstrates individuality in her fabric design, colour range and end product. Her samples showed technical excellence and knowledge, clearly built through exhaustive exploration of the design”.

After a closely fought competition, commendable runners up were awarded to Niamh Hurley, a Textile Art Design & Fashion student from Ulster University and Georgia Dunne a Textile Surface Design student from National College of Art & Design, Dublin.

Sincere thanks to our hosts NCAD, in particular Andrew Campbell and Rachel Tuffy for their ongoing support,  SDC Ireland Chair, Paul Santokhi for organising an excellent  heat and to our conscientious judges, industry professionals  Judith Neilly, Group Product Development & Design Manager, Fergusons Irish Linen / John England Irish Linen and Brendan Joseph Madden, Chief Creative Officer, Brendan Joseph, who also provided illuminating presentations about the world of design.  Last year’s winner Fiona White also gave a short presentation about her experience of representing her country at the Grand Final in Shanghai and how her career has progressed since winning.

Eleanor now goes forward to the next stage of the competition, the Grand Final which takes place in Sri Lanka in November where the Global winner will be announced.

(L-R) Paul Santhoki SDC Ireland Chair,  Trevor Larkins, SDC Immediate Past President, Eleanore Curley, Winner. Photo Tom Taheny

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