A Textiles graduate is in the running for a £30,000 prize after being chosen as one of the finalists in a nationwide competition
Mhairi Boyle has been shortlisted for an award in the Design for Business Student Design Competition 2018 run by the Society of British and International Design (SBID).
The AUB alumna is one of only 15 finalists selected for the Interior Decoration category and the award winner is set to scoop a prize of £1,000.
There are also categories for Interior Design, Product Design, Fashion, and Art & Design, and the overall winner across the five disciplines will go home with £30,000.
The awards ceremony will take place at the House of Commons on November 29 and Mhairi says she is still pinching herself to be nominated.
She said: “I didn’t think much about the competition after applying as I knew it would be really competitive and after not hearing back for a while I assumed that I wasn’t successful.
“So, when I received the email notifying me, I was so shocked and very excited.
“I didn’t quite believe the email and went online to double check as I just didn’t think I would be a finalist, so it really was and still is a great feeling.
“I’m very excited about the evening on the 29th – if I’m not successful on the night I’m still very happy and honoured to be a finalist and have the chance to attend the ceremony as I’ll be able to meet new people within the industry.
“I’ll hopefully be able to create new contacts and it’s great to get my work seen on another platform.”
The competition was open to final year and graduate creative students and entrants were invited to submit their end of year project.
As well as sending five pieces of her work and her mood board, Mhairi also had to answer a number of questions on her brief, what her collection was based on, what she would do differently if she were to do it again and what challenges she faced during the project.
In addition, she had to nominate a member of AUB staff and explain what they had done to stand out during her three years. She chose BA (Hons) Textiles Course Leader Anne-Marie Howat, saying she really pushed her outside her comfort zone during her final year.
Speaking about her experience of AUB, Mhairi said: “I think my third year was my best year – it was where I was most motivated, driven and supported by the staff.
“I believe if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have found my specialism and passion for the area of textiles which I am interested in.
“The tutors at AUB really expose you to different opportunities through competitions – this allows your work to get more exposure and gives you the chance to meet professionals within the industry, something that is very important in the early days of graduating.
“In my first years I would never have applied for a competition, but Anne-Marie and the other tutors and technicians always encouraged us to try for awards but not stress about them.
“Anne-Marie was so helpful and she really pushed me outside my comfort zone in my final year which was the key point to my final collection.”
Find out more about BA (Hons) Textiles at AUB.