Earlier this month our graduates from Applied Arts, Fashion & Textiles and Visual Communications took part in the New Designers exhibition in London. New Designers brings together the very best in UK graduate design, showcasing the work, energy and talent of the next generation of designers. Its long-standing reputation continually attracts a prestigious design-conscious audience of over 18,000 professionals, public, media and education.
It is a great opportunity for the next generation of designers to kick start their careers. Alongside the opportunity to take part in the prestigious awards offered, each year graduates are able to take advantage of industry contacts and work opportunities from the show, and this year was no exception.
Jo Bloodworth, lecturer in Fashion and Textiles, said: "It is not just about displaying and showcasing your work but about meeting people in the business and talking to them, getting feedback and making contacts. Our class of 2016 has been wonderfully diverse in terms of what has been created. This year our stand had great impact, and stood out as showing great skill in many disciplines."
One example of success from the show was Fashion and Textiles graduate Alice Mundon, who has been offered a 3-6 month internship with a rug company in Derbyshire after the company saw her work on display. She told us: "Doing New Designers has been a really great experience and has enabled me to build up confidence in my work. It has been lovely to get such positive feedback from industry and fellow designers..."
A second Fashion and Textiles success story came when the work of Gemma Bullock, whose collections are based on working with recyclable textiles to produce sustainable clothing, caught the eye of WGSN (Worth Style Global Network) at New Designers. This major trend forecasting company have now promoted her collections on their website and she is now listed on WGSN as one of UKs top 10 graduates for sustainable thinking. You can view her work here.
You can view photos from the exhibiton on our Facebook page.