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The Textile Society Student Bursary Winners

2019 Winners


Sky Lucy Young

Royal College of Art


Sky Lucy Young’s proposal had a strong research component that aims to understand human emotion and behaviour via the design and making of containers for the preservation of objects.  There is a craft here and attractive colour and material exploration, both traditional and new. It is interesting and enthusiastically communicated thorough articulation of concept, context and practical funding options.

Sky showed a clear story through images from sketch book to design prototyping. Although still a ‘work-in-progress’ she produces some great solutions and in her reference to her use of Textile Society funding, she touches on 3D printing and digital fabrication as a way forward. There is an on-going dialogue between museum studies and Fine Art textiles that also presents scope for further research.

Rebecca Bright

Bath Spa


Rebecca Bright is a student from Bath Spa University and her project sees a traditional approach to textile design and relevance to interior design. She uses a sensitive colour palette and beautifully drawn imagery, clearly referencing early twentieth century modernist textiles.

There is a strong commercial focus to her work and concept fits with the current desire for design to have more meaning, also stories the consumer can relate to. The ideas are sound, rendering block printing qualities in silk-screen, then mixing up the two physically brings us back to tradition and re-inventing it.

Hannah Elisabeth Jones

Royal College of Art


Hannah Elisabeth Jones is from Royal College of Art (RCA), her application is an intriguing and potentially exciting project around her own new organic material ‘Bio-marble’. The material makes references in patchwork, quilt wall like pieces. Hannah has already been successful in other awards,  her work has clear industrial links and her overall presentation (including her website) is highly professional.  This could be an exciting venture, if the materials can be made waterproof this offers design solutions not just for the automotive industry but housing/shelters etc.

Hannah gives excellent contextual references and has a clear understanding and engagement with issues of sustainability and circular design. The collaboration with engineering students has been a new direction in textiles exploration and enables research to look at textile/material/surface from different perspectives. Funding is clearly outlined, and whilst there is already a contribution to the costs of doing the MA, Textile Society support could cover some of the material costs.

2019 Winners


Louise Mok

Central St Martins


The judges agreed Louise Mok’s project ‘Oceanic Sustainability’ was a highly original body of work. It was well informed with an exciting sketch book of ideas and contextual research. Some of the intriguing and creative 3 dimensional structures incorporate electronics. They are bold and theatrical compositions which handle the serious issue of environmental design with a playful and creative approach.

Louise upcycles textiles and materials that are sensitive to colour and process and she also gave succinct costings. The body of work had clear potential, evolving into an extraordinary and exciting design outcome with the promise of more creative mileage ahead.

Katerina Knight

Glasgow School of Art


Katerina Knight is from Glasgow School of Art and her application showed personal flair through her sketch book of drawings and collections of wild flowers. The design work showed material exploration and a clear concept. The digital prints have retained a lovely sense of flow and organic growth within their composition, which is difficult to do and the application on cloth and into fashion shows real sensitivity.

Excellent understanding of historical references, to realise a fun interpretation and styling. Very interesting research into print and technology, and research into print techniques into second-hand garments. Plenty of scope for future development and research.

Sophie Clifford

Nottingham Trent


Sophie Clifford is from Nottingham Trent University , she gave a clear stylish and impactful submission entitled ‘Glitched Glimpse’. An architectural skyline refraction and reflection with a colour story throughout. The knit sampling is well executed, experimental but also refined. Strong print and jacquard aesthetic aimed at menswear but the judges thought not emphasised enough. Digital Interpretations are sensitive and demonstrate understanding of sensitivity of colour, tones and scale. 

She brings a sense of ‘glitch’ in the designs and the structure. Detailed costing is well thought out and includes travel. As a professional commercial venture it has potential.

2018 Winners


Yusra Makhdoomi

Royal College of Art – Print

Yusra’s work is driven by her passion for storytelling through colour. Her observations, compositions and textile developments are inspired by her cultural heritage and visits to Pakistan, and from a breadth of sources in museum collections, vintage textiles and calligraphy. Yusra refers to her work as ‘curating with colour’, and the judges were struck by her highly personal sketchbooks.

Her playful, painterly collections on paper and cloth resonated with colour, and demonstrated her acute sense of collage, proportion and placement. Yusra is translating her vibrant body of visual research into a tactile collection of material investigation, using dyed cloth, screen printed image, and stitched embellishment to convey a rich textile narrative.

Vicky Price

Nottingham Trent University

Vicky works with an extensive range of print processes, applying colour and creating texture through chemical burn-out, resist-dyeing and laser etching. Vicky’s work is eco-driven. She is exploring the development of a more sustainable discharge (colour-bleaching) process, and her technical investigations source material waste for subsequent, creative development.

Significantly, Vicky works within the dynamic of the landscape, creating drawings on location that ‘evolve in a physical space over differing scales’. The judges were impressed with Vicky’s more recent shift in focus – taking her cloth into site-specific wastelands, engaging with the local materials, earth and minerals, and developing a personal response to place through drawing and colour interpretation on cloth.

Phoebe Corker-Marin

Royal College of Art - Print

Phoebe is a sculptor who works in textiles ‘to create small-scale emotive figures’. Her sculptures can be held in the hand. They are skillfully constructed figures, or parts of the body, created in a range of materials from cut and shaped cloth to articulated cork and rubber. Phoebe’s work ranges from three-dimensional human representations to intriguing abstract forms that appear to emerge from manipulated cloth, bodies partially obscured within soft folds of fabric.

Her collection consists of a series of memories in cloth, interpretations of personal stories and expressions of emotion in three-dimensional form. The judges were struck by the sense of motion evoked in Phoebe’s figures, seeming poised for animated composition, and dynamic movement in textiles.

2018 Winners


Erin McQuarie

Glasgow School of Art

Erin’s degree project, takes the interior of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art building as its starting point. She has made several visits to the building, which was badly damaged by fire in May 2014, and the School of Art’s Archives have also been major influences. Erin is working with technical fabrics, natural fibres, plastics and also woods, having been inspired by the building in its current restoration and post fire state, where natural wood and stone have been covered for protection, with synthetic fibres.

Inspiration for colour comes from a combination of imagery from the dramatic site interior and from Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock prints held by Glasgow Museums Archives. She is usuing heat transfer, pigment printing and dyeing, including of x-ray images of plaster casts taken by the restoration team, as digital print onto wood. The judges were impressed by the richness and innovation of Erin’s textile development, which was matched by her ability to articulate the content in her written application, and in person at the Antique Textile Fair.

Rosalyn Gregg

Heriot Watt University

Rosalyn is using British yarns from rare breed sheep to create a womenswear knitwear collection that draws attention to British farming heritage. Rosalyn’s work is inspired by the iconic textile machinery that has been central to the manufacturing industry in Britain.

Her observational research, in the form of black and white photography, evokes the industrial revolution of the past with sharp, graphic composition, while her design development references the pattern and structure of these machines through an extensive range of knitted samples. The judges were impressed with Rosalyn’s keen sense of design, and her personal exploration of texture, mark-making and movement demonstrated in her innovative collection of shaped garments.

Heather Ratcliff

Loughborough University

Heather is inspired by traditional Burmese culture, its sustainability and craftsmanship. Her work is a personal response to the Rohingya Muslim refugee crisis in Myanmar which she experienced during a research visit to Burma. Focusing on ethically sourced fabrics and yarns, Heather’s work is a reinterpretation of Myanmar pattern, a translation of the culture and imagery experienced.

Using both digital and hand embroidery, she combines hand-painted pattern on linen with stitched surface texture, seeking to ‘pay homage to the people and [their] narrative’. The judges were impressed with Heather’s rich mixtures of colour and tactile qualities, her explorations with the sensory, haptic qualities of scent embedded in cloth, and her ambition to raise awareness of social and political issues through her work.

2017 Winners


WINNER - Abigail Barnes

Royal College of Art

Abigail Barnes

The work of Abigail Barnes is sensory and exquisite. The judges were impressed by the level of skill and craftsmanship demonstrated in the production of the work, and how this was deployed to creative effect (rather than being an end in itself). Materials such as leathers, furs and silks were being utilised to form highly decorative embellished and constructed cloths that had the potential for a wide variety of applications. There was an elegant fusion between the digital and ‘hand’ processes with media and materials being sensitively and carefully selected.

The work occupies that strange and wonderful aesthetic that is almost the abject; it is both compelling in it’s beautiful execution and sensory apparatus, yet also repulses in its flesh coloured tonal grounds that grow precise extrusions of dense, massed detailing. It could be the body turned inside; reflected back on itself through scopes and lenses. But these textiles are not visceral; they call out to be stroked, handled and held. There is a collision here between embellishment for and ‘on’ the textile and what maybe considered the artefact of jewellery, whilst the photographic documentation of the work hinted at the possibility of exciting graphic and image-based applications. Work that still has a ‘journey’ to travel is always exciting.

Student work (especially) should show the potential of itself rather than be at a point of closure, and it was for this reason that the judges were particularly impressed with Abigails application. It is hoped that the bursary will help her to explore these aspects of her practice further following the completion of her MA in Mixed Media Textiles at The Royal College of Art.

RUNNER UP - Zita Katona


Zita Katona

Zita Katona’s printed textile project ‘Anthropocene’ is inspired by the human built environment. A student from Heriot-Watt University her work takes on the sixties modernist architectural environment of ‘brutalism’ and the vernacular of Scotland including pylons and the industrial landscape.

The judges admired her colour palette and use of laser cut wood blocks and digital print on course linen, as well as using her designs for a more delicate devore. Her enthusiasm when talking to her complimented well presented written work and communicated a topical and lively context. Zita also gave details of budget costings, materials and travel for research explaining how the Textile Society budget would be used.

RUNNER UP - Alice Hebdon

Glasgow School of Art

Alice Hebdon

Through access to the Glasgow School of Art archives, Alice has researched the origins of the artist’s smock in the paintings of the Scottish artist Joan Eardley and her original working garment. Alice is intrigued by the qualities if its wear and tear, the accidental splatters of paint, and staining. The judges were impressed by Alice’s development from research to ideas towards contemporary practice and textile design.

Continuing with the traditions of linen in smocks, Alice has developed her print using linens produced by Peter Greig and Company of Kirkaldy, the last remaining linen weavers in Scotland. Her printed samples demonstrate an empathy with the qualities of cloth – continuing to soften and wet finish the linens before distressing them, breaking down their surface by brushing and sanding, and subsequently darning and mending – before imprinting these tactile qualities and reprinting them back onto the cloth. The judges responded to Alice’s vision for the development of these traditional garments into a collection of printed compositions for new, extreme fashion shapes.

In the future, Alice aims to develop working relationships with other Scottish textile manufacturers and cloth finishers.

2017 Winners


WINNER - Lauren Hulme

Manchester School of Art

Lauren Hulme

The judges were intrigued by the way Lauren is applying linear geometry and laser cutting technique to give wood fluid, flexible textile-like qualities. Her cut patterns enable different weights and scales of plywood to bend, fold and twist. She uses screen print to add a colourful, decorative dimension. Lauren explained to the judging team how she has transferred her personal experiences of dyslexia to her work, by not allowing preconceptions to limit what a material can and can’t do. This positive, creative attitude has not only guided her to push the design boundaries, it underpins her refusal to allow negative perceptions of dyslexia to curb her own potential.

Lauren is completing her BA Textiles in Practice final project at Manchester School of Art.

RUNNER UP - Jodie Smith


Jodie Smith

2016 Winners


Lorna Jewitt

Leeds College of Art

The idea of the lost, forgotten, hidden or anonymous, is central to Lorna's work and continues through her current work inspired by the collection held at Sunny Bank Mills Archive. She has focussed on the stuff that is not, or cannot be saved. Intrigued by the meticulous way so much is being so carefully catalogued and preserved, she is exploring the possibilities of using some of that detritus.

Lorna's work combines print with applique and embroidery, along with other materials to create tactile surfaces that directly reference the history of the mill. She hopes to pursue her interest in archives and museum collections as sources of inspiration. The award will help with material costs for her final M.A. show.

Anna Duthie

Royal College of Art


 Anna Duthie work

Anna’s work focuses on creating luxury fashion textiles that blur the boundaries between print and embroidery, and between surface and structure, creating tactile surface manipulations. Her final MA project takes inspiration from the construction of wartime camouflage nets and a collection of personal photographs that explore distorted linear qualities, considering the themes of layering, concealing and revealing, light and shadow. Experimenting with processes that add and subtract from the surface of a fabric, such as devore, bonding and pigment resist printing, the samples explore the ideas of printed embellishments and print as the structural element of a textile.

Anna plans to use the bursary to support the cost of large final samples and garments, particularly high quality fabrics, yarns and printing costs.

Sally Cooke

Leeds College of Art



 Green Collage by Sally Cooke


The aim of Sally's project is to develop placement prints for garments designed for home construction as the basis for a craft-based business. For this project she took inspiration from urban edgeland environments on the periphery of the city.

Digital technology is central to her production process, but Sally creative process is rooted in hand making and direct engagement with material reality. She has worked on the production of various test pieces to develop an understanding of the technology and its place in her on-going practice. This bursary will help her to develop fully resolved designs that can be market tested at full scale in flat pattern form.

2016 Winners


Antonio Castro

 Antonio Castro work

Antonio is very aware that the textile industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. His project explored fabric that can serve the two gender markets: Menswear and Womenswear, in the hope of reducing any need to double up on fabric production. Working on monochrome, he was inspired by a similarity between oil spills and Victorian mourning.

The Bursary will help António develop his final collection, weaving large length of fabrics and sourcing different materials and yarns.

Katy Welsh

Leeds College of Art


 Katy Welsh

The New Bohemia

Katy's project looks to the precedent set by The Bloomsbury Group and Omega Workshops as Bohemian designers and aims to create work which responds to the ideas they set out. She is developing a collection for the interiors market and wants to make pieces which are not disposable or trend led, which can evolve with the visual identity of a home and help to contribute to the move towards sustainable design

She will use the award money to support an internship in LA this Easter.

Alice Richardson-Payne

Leeds College of Art

 Alice Richardson Payne


Architectural Futures

Alice is interested in digital technology, which she believes is the future of the printing industry. She further embraces new technologies through the use of laser cutting and futuristic fabrics. Her project took inspiration from contemporary architecture to produce a printed textile collection aimed at the high-end menswear market for 2017. The work shows the astonishing detail and quality that can be achieved by digital printing.

Alice's work is now entirely digital based, as she defiantly rejects any craft based aspects in the production process: even creating preliminary sketches and designs is achieved digitally. She plans to use her bursary award to further pursue her digital theory by experimenting with printing on substrates such as neoprene and analyzing the reactions.

 Jemma Pratt

Jemma uses a combination of mixed media skills: CAD embroidery, Laser cutting and Screen/Digital Print as an addition to apply her Textiles for Fashion fabrics. She created her own embellishments on the Laser cutter with the use of the AUB Sonic Welder, to help her explore different surface qualities and materials to work with. High-end design company Jakob Sclaepfer inspired her way of working and her choice of innovative materials. The collection of samples comprised of rigid and fluid materials including shiny, matt, and metallic surfaces. This helped re-create her primary imagery of the reflective, transparent and distorted surfaces within X-ray vision and skeletal fish.

The bursary money that Jemma received from the Textile Society will help with the cost of developing her mixed media processes. Alongside this, it will help with the funding for a potential place at the New Designers exhibition in London, June 2016.

2015 Winners


WINNER - Rozanna Mai Walecki

Royal College of Art


Rozanna Walecki samples

The Judges thought Rozanna Mai Walecki's personal expression was sustained from her initial studio pinboard through to the most recent collection of textiles. This was also reflected in her written proposal and one sensed a real artist behind the thinking and exploration. She is, she says, 'currently exploring the interaction between the human body and the environments that surround us. At present my final project explores how nature has the power to evolve, adapt and mutate. As well as investigating how we interact and engage with nature.'

Her vision for design incorporated a moody and sensitive translation into material, where a restricted palette allowed for exploration of rich surfaces and textural qualities without the distraction or clash of contrasting colours.

Rozanna intends to use her bursary to support the cost of sourcing high quality threads, fabrics and materials to be able to develop larger samples and garments for her final collection.

RUNNER UP - Rahel Pfrommer

Royal College of Art


 Rahel Pfrommer

Driven and inspired by the line and thread Rahel investigates soft textiles properties in contrast to the hard, straight lines of metals. She discusses the evolution of textiles throughout all dimensions. From 1D to 2D where a point becomes a line, a thread or a trace, and then this line, thread or trace marks or becomes a plane itself which than can become a three-dimensional form. The point moves to a line and forms a surface, so it is a movement and growth- and both (lines and surfaces) can define the scope of inner and outer space. This makes a tight relation to the line and the surface which is revealed by the line. It can also be vague space which is blending existence and emptiness or transitional space.

Inspired by repetition found in our everyday life Rahel develops techniques to enable constructed textiles to hold free-standing three-dimensional forms.

RUNNER UP - Carol Sorhaindo

Leeds College of Art


 Carol Sorhaindo - The Nature of Ruins

The Nature of Ruins

The creative focus of Carol's work is on natural dyes, botanical art and textile processes. Her project investigated two former industrial mill buildings in contrasting states of ruin and socio-geographical locations: Temple Mills in Leeds, a 19th century flax mill modelled on an ancient Egyptian Temple and Castle Bruce sugar plantation in Dominica, West Indies.

Through the mediums of botanical and earth pigments, botanical drawing and screen print processes on textiles, deconstruction processes of thread pulling and textile manipulation are being explored to create a series of large textile hangings for installation and final MA show.

2015 Winners


WINNER - Suzanna Kate James

Winchester School of Art

 Suzanna Kate James illustration

The Judges felt that Suzanna's application was particularly strong and well-constructed.

Her Knitwear project was carefully researched, which gave the project a solid contextual foundation and was underpinned with traditional techniques.

Her illustrations were unique and fresh, which alongside her photographic images, clearly defined her intentions for her final collection.

Using ethical and sustainable raw materials was a key concern and one that was strongly reinforced when talking to Suzanna at the Society's annual Antique Textile Fair in Manchester, where all finalists were invited to showcase their work.

RUNNER UP - Kate Probert-Jones

Leeds College of Art



Kate on Instagram

 Kate Probert-Jones

Kate has explored how traditional crafts and digital technology can be combined to create printed textures as surface pattern design. She explored the effects of laser-engraving, screen-printing, wood-block and digital printing onto a variety of surfaces suc as wood, paper, fabric and acrylic.

Especially when looking at the complexity and beauty of traditional wood block prints by William Morris, this project has explored how technology can develop this practice by translating free hand illustration using a laser cutter to engrave wood blocks.

Kate will use the bursary to fund her final major project that continues to develop the techniques already explored while employing the values of traditional print. She has sourced materials such as cherry wood, bamboo and glass to laser engrave illustration onto saleable products.

RUNNER UP - Ruby Le Galle

Royal School Needlework

 Ruby Le Galle

Furoshiki Project

Ruby studied indigo dying and other traditional crfats in Japan. Her final project involved creating a number of ‘furoshiki’, Japanese fabric wraps used to carry everyday objects, using traditional techniques such as stenciling and resist dying as well as embroidery.

Despite the time spent creating them, these textiles are intended for daily use and are part of Ruby's exploration of our relationship with hand crafted materials and how we can appreciate them whilst utilizing them for something practical.

RUNNER UP - Hannah Edmonds

Leeds College of Art


Hannah Edmonds on Instagram

 Hannah Edmonds

Hannah has used her bursary towards purchasing new equipment to help document her experiences. It will allow her to travel to new places in order to get inspiration for more exciting textile designs.

2014 Winners


WINNER - Tara Osborough

UCA Farnham



Tara Osborough

In Search of British Wool

Tara is passionate about creating fabrics that are sourced from yarn produced in the UK and Ireland. She currently weaves on a 4 shaft countermarch loom using traditional structures like a twill or herringbone, which allow her to maximise the impact of hand painted warps and the subtle blending of colours. She aims to keep pushing the boundaries using traditional techniques with a modern twist as she believes this is what is wanted by the contemporary market.

She plans to use the bursary to support the making of a video that will show to others how she works, and raise awareness of the excellent natural and sustainable resources we have so close to home in Britain and Ireland. The judges were impressed by Tara's commitment and passion for her work and that her fabrics have a beauty and integrity that is derived from the colours and landscapes of her native Ireland.

RUNNER UP - Lida Marinkova

Royal College of Art



Lida Marinkova

From Within

Lida is fascinated by the transformation of materials, challenging them to serve new and imaginative purposes. Heavily inspired by nature, Lida’s work explores organic forms inspired by landscapes and microstructures. She pushes the properties of glass, ceramic and acrylic to create structures resembling the qualities of cloth. It is her physical interaction with each material that lies at the core of her practice.

Having completed her undergraduate degree in fashion design, the body has long served as a reference point for Lida’s material explorations, creating sculptures for the body, and blurring the line between fashion and art.

Lida intends to use her bursary to create a site-responsive large-scale installation exploring light and space. She has begun several experiments with polymorph and glass, shaping and colouring the material to recreate landscape experienced during a recent research visit to Iceland.

RUNNER UP - Bonnie Craig

University of Central Lancashire



 Bonnie Craig, Patterns inspired by artwork and graffiti on the Berlin Wall digitally printed on silk

A Question of Balance

Bonnie is exploring the relationship between order and disorder in pattern. She aims to represent visually our need to find the ‘optimum' amount of order in chaos, and she looks at the way we measure things with patterns. During a recent research trip to Berlin she was fascinated by the vitality and gestural freedom of the artwork and graffiti displayed on the remaining section of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery, and is developing pattern sequences from these images that use a combination of ordered and random placement. She plans to use the bursary to support future experimentation with large-scale printed work.

2014 Winners


JOINT WINNER - Nina Hartell

Leeds College of Art


 Nina Hartell

Can Surface Pattern design be Minimalist?

Nina’s project is an investigation into Minimalism in the practice of surface pattern design. She works with a limited colour palette derived from linear drawings of structural shapes in architecture, focusing on materials rather than illustration, and exploring repetition and the use of industrial materials such as plastic and metal.

Nina prints white on white, black on black and incorporates transparent foil, flock and laser cutting to add new dimensions to the surface of her fabrics. She is particularly interested in the use of inherently coloured materials in Minimalist art, and her work explores these ideas in textiles by ‘inter-cutting’ contrasting materials, introducing coloured patinas and chemical processes through digital printing, screen printing with different binders, and bonding flexible copper onto cloth.

Nina intends to use her bursary to support the cost of copper and plastic, and other metals, fabrics and materials in the development of larger samples for her final collection.

JOINT WINNER - Claire Hunsinger

UCA Farnham


Keeping Warm

For her Major Project Claire is investigating thermal properties for interiors with a strong focus on developing double cloth as functional insulating material and using wool as insulating yarn. She is using stitching warps to create multiple layers of fabric. The cloth traps ‘dead air’ between the layers to make it as insulating as possible. Quilting the cloth creates another layer of pockets which capture air. Claire is designing for interiors for the high end market with a strong emphasis on energy efficiency and eco living especially in cold countries such as Russia and/ or Scandinavia. She wants to develop a single fabric with multiple warm layers which will create the same insulating qualities as thermal lining but will be composed of wool which has strong sustainable credentials.

For this purpose Claire plans on using her bursary to get her fabric tested for thermal heat retention in order to see how well her cloth retains warmth.

JOINT WINNER - Ayaka Sakurai

Central St Martins

 Ayaka Sakurai textile detail

Glitching the Gender

2013 Winners


WINNER - Emma Sheldon

UCA Farnham

Royal College of Art

Emma Sheldon


Emma’s work explored fabric manipulation through laser cut pattern; layering and bonding different materials to build flexible, three-dimensional structures. Her extensive body of samples demonstrated a breadth of scale and weight, resulting in an imaginative collection of textiles expressing a variety of movement and form. Emma’s investigations explored a broad range of design applications, from sculptural body pieces to aerodynamic ‘skins’ for the automotive industry. Her most recent work re-introduced drawing and its potential to contrast mechanical structure with gestural mark-making, bringing new energy and creative direction to the project.

RUNNER UP - Chloe Hamill

Manchester Metropolitan University



 Chloe Hamill

Classification of Refugees

Chloe’s project was stimulated by her engagement with community arts. Creative dialogue with refugees and asylum seekers had generated ideas for printed and stitched products. A collection of bags, birds and creatures incorporated imagery that reflected the origins and memories of individuals in the group. Items were designed to be interactive, and an animated film supported this element, describing the cutting and making of cloth kits, and promoting the potential of the design collection as a sustainable project in the longer term. The work explores the commemoration of refugees, through mapping journeys, documenting narratives and classifying data.

RUNNER UP - Emma Blackburn

Manchester Metropolitan University


Emma Blackburn textiles on Facebook

Braids under Construction

Emma’s stitched, printed and braided textiles referenced the political banners associated with British social history, and archival photographs had been used to generate large-scale ideas and explorations. In contrast, a recent intervention with the Whitworth Museum had triggered a smaller commission piece - a compelling response to its collection of ancient Egyptian textiles. A child’s garment was re-interpreted to reflect the ‘life’ in hidden objects, attempting to re-connect a fragment with its past. Intervention with museums and their audiences was considered a significant element of this project and its development in the future.

2013 Winners


JOINT WINNER - Hannah Rampley

Leeds College of Art


 Red Squah detail

Patterned Fruits

Hannah’s project demonstrated a clear commitment to drawing and observation. A rich body of studies in ink had informed her design collection. Qualities of line and mark had been carefully reproduced in silk-screen and skillfully manipulated in pattern and repeat. This resulted in a strong collection of printed textiles that resonated vibrant colour in a variety of scale and composition. The illustrative qualities in Hannah’s work suggested potential for a breadth of contemporary contexts, spanning scarves and accessories, wallpapers and interiors, and book arts.

RUNNER UP - Emily Ong

Chelsea College of Art and Design

 Emily Ong

Unveiling Hidden Beauty

Emily’s woven textiles were developed from a series of observations, researching the delicate pattern and structure of fungi. Watercolour studies were translated into a collection of textile strips and panels incorporating folds and pleats. Particular attention had been paid to the flow of dark, rippled edges, graduated colour and tone, and the weight and density of different fibres. High twist silk and wool yarns had been sampled on triple warps to create rhythm and movement. The potential for these translucent textiles will be explored as collars, ruffs and wrappings for the body.

RUNNER UP - Miriam Griffiths

London College of Fashion


 Miriam Griffiths

Indigo Crescents: a knitwear collection which re-imagines ideas of tribal ceremonial dress

Miriam’s project was inspired by the extreme head-dresses of Chinese minority cultures, exploring shaped and cut ‘horn’ pieces within knitted structures. These had developed from sculptural body pieces, through to three-dimensional inserts fully integrated within garment sections. Exploratory samples investigated the technical challenge in balancing the rigidity of cut shapes with the flexibility of knit, considering how this could be creatively exploited to add weight and form to a garment. This was supported by a collection of fashion illustrations communicating a breadth of ideas.

2012 Winners


WINNER - Hannah Leighton-Boyce

Manchester Met Uni



Hannah Leighton-Boyce

Mapping Ackworth School

Hannah has collected narratives of attendances at the school, and then recorded these memories by stitching them in black and white into cloth, in much the same way that an archaeologist would chart and layer site excavations on paper. The purpose of archaeology is understood as the study of past societies and human development, and thus the judges made connections with the work of textile conservators, historians and makers, to recognise that Hannah is contributing to social and historic record by enabling memories ‘to speak for themselves’ through the use of thread and stitch.

RUNNER UP - Louise Tucker

Chelsea College of the Arts

 Louise Tucker woven textiles

21st Century Weaving

RUNNER UP - Amy George

West Dean College

 Amy George

Exploration into the use of unconventional textiles for artistic Intent

2012 Winners


WINNER - Alison Stewart

University of Chichester



 Alison Stewart - Mixed Identity, detail

Proposal for Studying an MA in Fine Art

The judges thought the context for her work was extremely well articulated, belying the concept of dyslexia and its associated problems. Alison develops textile as a metaphorical vehicle to convey and translate the difficulties with visual communication, offering an alternative visual language. Her work is refreshingly honest and innovative, supported by a depth and breadth of research. It offers the viewer an opportunity to consider the impact of words, but in addition the intelligent play on narrative offers a diversity of perceived outcomes.

RUNNER UP - Kathryn Beckett

Glasgow School of Art

 Kathy Beckett

Geometries of Light

RUNNER UP - Meg Held

Glasgow School of Art

 Meg Held - Assemblage


2011 Winners


WINNER - Lauren Barfoot

Royal College of Art

Indigo and madder ajrakh border

Engineered Flora

All three judges agreed that Lauren's designs have instant visual impact and they recognised links with the works of Paul Poiret, Sonia Delaunay, Raoul Dufy and also Kenzo and McQueen. In addition to her signature intricate decorative style and bold use of colour, Lauren is applying innovative garment engineering by placing her designs directly onto flat garment forms at the point of digital printing; the forms can then be cut out and constructed with just a few simple seams. She is also exploring ways to apply digitally printed fabric onto secondary materials such as neoprene, in order to extend the qualities of the digital print process. She plans to use the bursary to purchase materials for her final project at the RCA; these will enrich her creative repertoire by allowing more scope for experimentation.


Glasgow School of Art

 Ye Li

Fashion as a Canvas

Ye Li describes textile as a link between fine art and decoration. She has been looking at the work of artists such as David Hockney, Henri Matisse and Patrick Caulfield to help inspire her own approach to printed textiles and fashion clothing design, and to aid her contextualisation of 'fashion as a canvas'. Her prints are vigorous and energetic, like paintings. For the garment silhouette, she is using origami forms, and will mount printed silks onto Staflex to create folding and volume. The bursary will support the costs of materials for her final MA project

2011 Winners


WINNER - Gwyneth Depport

University of Central Lancashire

 Gwyneth Depport - Voices


In selecting the winner for the BA Bursary, the judges were impressed by the depth of original research, and the exploration of traditional processes of drawing, painting, and stitch, within a contemporary translation and innovative application of screen and digital print. The value of recyclingis explored as process within a well contextualised theme referencing social interaction. The work crosses the boundaries of art, textile, craft and design, and the combination of hand crafted and digitally produced imagery embraces a future ethos that recognises the values and importance of tradition and technology. Gwyneth has produced a unique series of conversational pieces that have a universal appeal, and would happily translate within an art or design context. She will use the bursary to enable further research, and to purchase materials and equipment for the final degree show.


Lauren Fowler - Blackberrying

London College of Fashion

Jessica Penrose - A Journey Across Continents and Centuries

University of Central Lancashire

Annice Callery - The Division of Common Land

Glasgow School of Art

2010 Winners


WINNER - Julie James-Turner

University of Central Lancashire

Julie James Turner

Her work offered a combination of historical research with modern interpretation through laser cutting. Her concept reusing pieces such as collars and buttons also brought a fresh approach through collage to the much discussed issue of recycling.

2010 Winners


WINNER - Jennifer Sturrock

London College of Fashion

 Jennifer Sturrock

Her work showed innovative material outcomes from tightly packed lycra knits all in cool neutral colours to innovative jewellery using elastic bands.

2007 Winners

Art & Design Award

Stephanie Le Cocq

BA(Hons) Fashion/Textiles (Print)
University of Brighton


Stephanie Le Cocq: I dream of bears and beasts

I dream of bears and beasts

Stephanie's work is inspired by exhibits held at the National Museum of Copenhagen. Her sources include pencil drawings of grizzly monsters made by an Inuit Shaman from Greenland and other animals of Scandinavia: "realising their beauty; the eerie and the dark temperament of the culture; looking at inky barren landscapes; the feeling and colours of the Northern Lights and the wilderness". The award enabled funding of fabrics, printed materials and finishes as well as outsourcing laser cutting facilities.

2007 Winners

History Award

Lu Zhiyong

MA Textile Conservation
Textile Conservation Centre, Winchester

Lu Zhiyong: A Chinese Liao (907-1125) Silk Sock

A Chinese Liao (907-1125) Silk Sock: Research on the Decoration, Materials and Decorative Techniques

Gold paint and patterns made of decorative pieces glued onto the fabric make the sock from the Abegg-Foundation a rare survivor. This kind of decoration was rare on ancient costume and there is no literature available. Travel to view objects in related collections and instrumental analysis including Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope, were both made possible by the award.

2007 Winners

Science Award

Rachel Rhodes

MA Textile Conservation
Textile Conservation Centre, Winchester

Rachel Rhodes: The Identification and Conservation of Real and Simulated Pearls used as part of Textile objects

The Identification and Conservation of Real and Simulated Pearls used as part of Textile objects

Encountering pearls on Opus Anglicanum embroidery and simulated pearls on couture dresses was the inspiration for this research. Rachel used electronic equipment to discover the simplest and most effective methods of identifying pearls, her results and findings will be used to help the future conservation of precious textile objects. The award enabled expanded research and purchase of a wider variety of samples.

2007 Winners

Business Award

Lucy Catherine Allen

BA(Hons) Fashion Retail Management
Birmigham Institute of Art & Design

The Aquapack

An ecologically considered water safety backpack for water sport enthusiasts, the Aquapack was designed to enhance safety and performance without restricting the wearer. Its ergonomic design offers scope for innovative future product development. The award has enabled Lucy to purchase electronic components and apply for a patent.

2006 Winners

Claire Diamond

Goldsmith's College

Claire Diamond : So near and yet so far

So near and yet so far

Laura Glasel

Huddersfield University

Laura Glassel

My Dutch and Danish Experience

Malin Svard

BA(Hons)Textile Design
Central Saint Martins

Malin Svard: My Favourite Songs

My Favourite Songs

2005 Winners

Angelica Gigica

West Dean College

Tapestry project

Caterina Radvan

London College of Fashion

Clothing for the disabled