Fashion knitwear design undergraduate Heejin Son was declared the winner of the Midlands Region Heat of the 2016 International Design Competition held at Nottingham Trent University on Wednesday 2nd March. In a keenly fought competition against fashion and textile design undergraduates from the Midlands area, Heejin took first place for her design ‘The Attractive Unattractive’ which the judges praised for the “wonderful concept, great use of colour and techniques applied’.
Second place was scooped by Tanja Nitsche, a Printed Textiles student from the University of Derby for her design ‘The Journey’ whilst a worthy third place went to Kelly Lovatt, a Textiles, Innovation and Design student from the University of Loughborough for her design ‘Casting Contrasts’. Judges’ commendations were received by Hannah Smith-Keitly of Nottingham Trent University and Georgina Bradley of Loughborough University.
Catherine Watkins, head judge, told the students it had been a “privilege” to judge the designs and commented on how the standard of entries increases every year.
Sincere thanks to our hosts Nottingham Trent University, the SDC Midlands Region Committee , all our entrants and our judging panel of industry experts:
- Catherine Watkins, Responsible Retail and Sustainability Manager – George @ Asda
- Kirsty Whyte, Product & Design Manager – Heal & Son Ltd
- Jane Middleton- Smith, Archivist – John Smedley Ltd
- Lisa Ly, Responsible Retail and Sustainability Assistant – George @ Asda