Third year BA (Hons) Textiles student, Jemma Pratt, is the winner of the ‘Textile Society Student Bursary Award’.

She told us more:

“Being selected as one of the Textile Society finalists was a great opportunity for me to showcase my work. I was given the chance to exhibit my work at the Armitage Fair in Manchester.

“It was a professional environment that was open to the public, lecturers and judges from all over the UK. Alongside this, I was asked to write a report for the TEXT magazine and the Textile Society’s website.

“All of which helped me gain a better understanding of what is expected for promoting myself, as a new designer.

“In Manchester I displayed my final major collection of samples that I am currently working on. My project includes a combination of Mixed Media skills: CAD embroidery, Laser cutting and Screen/Digital Print as an addition to apply my Textiles for Fashion fabrics.

“I have created my own embellishments on the Laser cutter with the use of the Sonic Welder, to help explore different surface qualities and materials to work with.

“High-end design company Jakob Sclaepfer inspired my way of working and my choice of innovative materials. The collection of samples comprised of rigid and fluid materials including shiny, matt, and metallic surfaces.

“This helped re-create my primary imagery of the reflective, transparent and distorted surfaces within X-ray vision and skeletal fish; collected from Bournemouth University’s archive.

“The bursary money that I received from the Textile Society will help with the cost of developing my mixed media processes. It will also help with the funding for a potential place at the New Designers exhibition in London, June 2016.

“The positive feedback I received at the exhibition filled me with confidence. It was a great experience and I am thankful for being apart of it. I’ve learned a lot!”