The purpose of this annual award is to enable a final year BA graduate from a textiles-related course to further his/her textile studies.
The award aims to raise the profile of patchwork and quilting and also the role of The Quilters’ Guild.
Lily was one of six students to be shortlisted and was invited to exhibit quilt-related work in the ‘Graduate Showcase’ at the Festival of Quilts in August.
A panel of judges awarded her a bursary of £1,000 to further her textile studies as well as a year’s membership of The Quilters’ Guild.
Lily said: “Exhibiting at the Festival of Quilts gave me a really enjoyable opportunity to present my work as an individual designer alongside my full portfolio of drawings and samples.
For the exhibition, I presented my final project ‘Heavy Metal’, a collection of heat transfer prints combined with hand and digital embroidery.
The collection explored the tension between the perfect and imperfect, showing the regimented and ordered structure of grids and squares gradually becoming damaged and spoiled.
Receiving the award has been a real confidence boost. It was a great opportunity to talk to other exhibitors, visitors and the judges, who were really complimentary about my use of colour, variety of materials and experimentation.
As part of the award, I will be exhibiting at the Festival of Quilts again in 2017, where I will use the bursary to further develop my portfolio and a new collection of work.
Since graduating from AUB I have moved back home to Hertfordshire, where I am working at the Hand & Lock concession in Topshop Oxford Circus as a personalisation specialist.
Although I have only been there for a couple of weeks, I have really enjoyed using my embroidery knowledge and skills in a fast-paced retail environment, personalising customers garments with monogramming and embroidered patches.”