Laura Ensinger a BA/BSC student of Textiles with Surface Design from the University of Huddersfield took first place at the North of England heat of the International Design Competition on 9th March. Laura ‘s design ‘Personal Expression’ was a hit with the judges who commented that her work had “High impact and colourway, an extremely high standard of presentation and answered the brief perfectly”.
The competition, now in its fourteenth year saw students from across the North of England travel to Perkin house for the closely fought heat where they each presented their work to the judging panel of industry experts:
• Linda Hodgson, Textile Designer, Linda Hodgson Design
• Joanne Cocker –Textile Designer, Jojo Coco Design
• Ruth Greenup – Designer, Camira Fabrics
Laura will go on to the next stage of the competition, the UK final where she will compete against the winners of the other four UK regional heats.
Leeds College of Art students enjoyed particular success at the heat with Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern students Lucy Freeman and Frances Shaw securing runner up positions for their respective designs ‘Colour: a human emotion’ and ‘Evolving Colour’ whilst fellow LCA student, Emily Roscoe received a judges commendation for her project entitled ‘From App to Apparel’. Hermione Crowe, from Manchester School of Art, also received a judges commendation for her design ‘Cultivating Colour’.
Whole-hearted thanks to our judges, excellent guest speaker, Susan Kay-Williams – CEO, The Royal School of Needlework for a fascinating presentation, our participants and all involved.