Textiles student recieves fabric award

Stephanie Cunningham, a third year textile and fashion student, has won top prize in a national competition to produce a collection of designs which could be developed into scarves or fabrics.

Johnstons of ElginThe theme of the competition, run by Johnstons of Elgin, was “Reinventing Scotland” and the challenge was to design a range of fabrics which could be either knitted or digitally printed.

Jane Young, Home Interiors Design Manager at Johnstons of Elgin said, “As a company which is well known for the design of our garments, accessories and fabrics we are keen to encourage the next generation of young designers.  The idea behind this competition was to build upon Scotland’s unique selling points, adding fresh ideas to produce inspirational designs with a twist.

Stephanie, from Stirling, drew inspiration from Joan Eardley’s paintings to produce a beautiful range of contemporary digitally printed, abstract scarves, rooted in landscape.

Commenting on her success she said, “The competition was a great opportunity to gain experience of producing a design to a brief for a real client.  This is an important skill for any designer to have and I’m delighted that my designs met the brief and were liked by Johnstons.”

As part of her prize Stephanie will spend a week’s placement, together with accommodation, working with the design team at Johnstons.

Release by
Jonathan Shackleton
Head of Communications

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