A BA (Hons) Textiles graduate has won a £,1000 student bursary from The Quilters’ Guild
Emma Astill won the 2018 Student Bursary Award from The Quilters’ Guild and it means AUB graduates have taken the top prize for three years running.
The award consisted of a £1,000 bursary, an exhibition at next year’s Festival of Quilts and an article in The Quilter magazine.
Speaking about her success, Emma said: “Receiving the award for the BA bursary was a huge surprise, due to my work being taboo in its concept and contemporary in its material and technique.
“The positive feedback I gained across the exhibition from the public and professionals reinforced the importance of being individual and unique.
“This has driven me to continue my practise and feel confident in my ability and style aesthetic.”
Emma won the award for her final collection called Distorting DNA which she described as “both aesthetically alluring yet taboo in its concept and presence”.
Thanks to her interest in criminology and forensic science, she visited a Forensic Lab and met a trained forensic blood spatter analyst.
This led to her “creating a collection embodied with utile and eccentric textiles that can be applied to the body” including “bespoke items for the body that have greater meaning”.
Her work includes digital print, traditional textile techniques, embossed leather and laser cut embellishments that all include a form of functional and protective textile.
Paying tribute to the staff at AUB, Emma said: “My tutor, Emma Shercliff, became a huge influence to my work throughout my three years at university.
“Essentially Emma helped me home in on my speciality within textiles, mixed media manipulation, and thus improved my techniques on working with textiles.
My third year work explored traditional techniques in a contemporary way, making my work suitable to exhibit at the festival of quilts.
“Without the added help of my third year tutor, Anne-Marie Howat, I may never have entered this competition.
“I am grateful that my tutor pushed individual students into applicable opportunities to support the transition from student to graduate.”
Course leader, Anne-Marie Howat said: “It’s great to see the future of textiles craft and design emerge from our course year on year.
“The Quilters’ Guild do a brilliant job supporting the next generation of textiles artists and makers by awarding their annual student bursary we have been lucky enough to have won this award three years in a row now.
“And The Guild told us ‘You do a crucial job in nurturing them, thank you. We’re always blown away by the young talent coming through’.”
Emma is currently freelancing in London for Sharon Marston, a bespoke lighting company.
She added: “In September I will be interning in Paris at Studio Orta, a company whose art work have continually inspired me throughout my education at Arts University Bournemouth.”
Find out more about BA (Hons) Textiles at AUB.