College students excel in Textile design competition

Past and present students studying Fashion and Textiles with Shrewsbury Colleges Group have excelled at this year’s Textile Design Competition held by The Shrewsbury Drapers’ Company.

Former student Amelia Roe won the prestigious Jackie Ryan Memorial Award for her Embroidered ‘Jazzy’ Bowler. This award was won by a Shrewsbury Colleges Group student (Lauren Davies) last year and gives the victor an opportunity to complete a 2 week placement at Tweedmill Textiles in North Wales – one of the country’s leading tweed product manufacturers.

Katie Blower, who is currently studying a Level 3 Diploma in Fashion and Textiles at the English Bridge campus, received a bronze award for her afternoon tea dress. Two more students on the same course, Jazmyn Titcombe and Lauren Rees, were both highly commended for their entries.

A Level Textiles students were also recognised for their hard work. Abby Roberts received a gold award, Emma Shakeshaft received a bronze award and Aoife Holbrook and Emily Yeomans were highly commended.

The annual textile design competition has been held by The Shrewsbury Drapers’ Company since 1995. It is a contest that is open to all Shropshire residents aged 16+ as of 1st September that year. This year’s entries were judged by Stephanie Kemp and Leila Corbet who both have extensive knowledge and experience in the textile industry. The theme “All That Jazz!” gave the entrants a lively subject to work with, full of musical instruments and bright colours.

James Staniforth, Principal and CEO of Shrewsbury Colleges Group commented: “Visual arts have been an area of strength across the college for a number of years. There is a thriving creative environment at the English Bridge campus, where all of the Art and Design subjects are now taught. We are extremely pleased with the standard of work produced by all of our students. We love to challenge our students with industry related, live projects and the Shrewsbury Drapers’ textiles competition really engaged them creatively and helped them to consider traditional, British materials and techniques.”

Bronze awarded student Katy Blower said: “I loved being able to express myself and be creative in the textiles competition. I was so happy and proud to win the bronze award for my entry. Studying Fashion and Textiles with Shrewsbury Colleges Group really helped with this competition because I learnt about the quality of construction and the skills that are needed to create an embellished garment.”

The competition entries will be on display in St Mary’s Church until 30th September and the theme for 2018 has already been decided as “Oriental Journey”.

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