Graduating BA (Hons) Textiles students exhibited their final year work at the New Designers exhibition, the UK’s most important exhibition for emerging designers.

Third year Textiles students Aimee Hartley and Ciara Hamilton were awarded prizes at the exhibition held in London last week.

Aimee Hartley was awarded the New Designers Turner Bianca Associate Prize for her work titled Botanical Sanctuary, and Ciara Hamilton won the New Designers Wilcom Associate Prize for her 1920s Fashion and Architecture work.

The judges described Aimee’s work as having: “Good sense of colour, a contemporary fluid feel, innovative use of materials and collection building. Handcrafted with surface embellishment, it has a distinctive style offering a new approach to home textiles. Great presentation skills.”

The prize is a three month paid placement within a highly creative studio at the Turner Bianca Head Office in Oldham, Greater Manchester.

Speaking about the prize Aimee said:

 “The prize offers a good bridge from university into the working world and will hopefully offer further opportunities to expand my creative career. I’m overwhelmed by the prize as well as the love that people have shown towards my work. This is the biggest confidence boost that I can have after graduating and can’t wait to keep the enthusiasm going whilst working at the three month placement at Turner Bianca creative studio.”

The New Designers Wilcom Associate Prize is awarded to design work that is considered fashion or surface decoration artwork, that includes Digital Embroidery. The Prize consists of £6000 worth of software and online training.

Winning student Ciara Hamilton said:

“It is an honour to be selected from so many exhibitors and for my contemporary embroidery to create an impact. The knowledge gained at university has allowed me to develop embroidery and I’m delighted to have won this prize.”