University College Falmouth textile design student scores
hat trick in major national awards
Quenby, who is currently in her second year of study on University
College Falmouth's BA (Hons) Textile Design course,
has walked away with three top awards at the prestigious Royal
Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce
(RSA) Design Directions Competition 2005/6, The Eddie Squires
Bursary of £750 for Outstanding Contemporary Printed
Furnishing Fabric Design, The Sir Frank Warner Memorial Certificate
and The Sir Ernest Goodale Memorial Award of £500.
The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures,
and Commerce (RSA), was founded in 1754 by artist and painter
William Shipley in order to 'advance enterprise, enlarge
science, refine arts, improve our manufactures and extend
Today, the Society, which has a 25,000-strong Fellowship
that includes Karl Marx, William Hogarth and Richard Attenborough,
continues to encourage and promote Shipley's original
manifesto through programmes and lectures based on Encouraging
Enterprise, Moving Towards a Zero-Waste Society, Advancing
Global Citizenship, Developing a Capable Population and Fostering
Design Directions is the RSA's annual student awards
scheme which sets a range of challenging, thought-provoking
and socially-minded design related tasks that comment on and
reflect upon the changing role of the designer in relation
to 21st century societal, technological and cultural developments.
Sheona Quenby responded to the competition's 'Tropical
Fusion' brief, the aim of which was to create a design
that transcended the cliché of what 'tropical
fusion' might ordinarily be interpreted as. Other criteria
included the consideration of climate change and migration
patterns, as well as the fusion of incongruous images.
"I decided to create a virtual reality by looking
at how climate change could potentially change our planet
aesthetically, and combining exotic imagery such as leopards
and tropical flowers with urban formations and cityscapes,"
explains Sheona. "I am delighted to have won
these awards and am going to use the money to help support
me through my summer work placement at Zandra Rhodes, and
to produce more digital print samples for my graduation show
"It is really exciting for our course to have
achieved success in such a high-profile competition,"
comments Dr Simon Clarke, senior lecturer in Printed
Textiles on the BA (Hons) Textile Design course. "A
major win at the RSA situates us at the top of the tree with
other leading textile design courses both in this country
and internationally. Sheona's focus, commitment and
motivation combined with the knowledge and experience she
has gained from working with our excellent digital printing
resources in her first year have all contributed to this well-deserved
Sheona's work is currently on display in the RSA Design
Directions Awards Online Exhibition 2006 at www.rsadesigndirections.org.
Over 1,600 students entered this year's competition
and previous winners include Jonathan Ive, designer of the
iPod and fashion designer, Betty Jackson.
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