Students show talent at New Designers

Textile and surface design work by Solange Enguemok

Graduating students from Bradford School of Art have been showcasing their work to industry experts at a major exhibition in London.

Students from the BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design, BA (Hons) Fashion and HNC Fashion and Textiles have been displaying their work at the New Designers show in Islington.

The exhibition is a celebration of the brightest and most talented creative minds from across the country with students from art colleges, universities and design schools gathering under one roof to display their work.

The event is an opportunity for design professionals to discover the next generation of talent and spot new trends and innovations.

Seven students from Bradford School of Art, which is part of Bradford College, attended the event with the work of Solange Enguemok particularly catching the eye of the visitors according to Hannah Lamb, textile and surface design lecturer at the college.

“Her collection of bold contemporary textiles and wallpaper designs caught the eye of Sainsbury's, and there was interest from other interior firms too,” she said.

“The range of work on show from Bradford School of Art is diverse, including innovative mixing of traditional and non-traditional materials, digital print and laser cutting, alongside hand-spun British wool.”

Solange EnguemokZoe Fawcett
Romesa AzizDawn Bache
David PalmerAbi Lewis

In addition to the graduate exhibitors, the show also includes a section called One Year In, which showcases work by 100 design entrepreneurs who have recently launched businesses. Bradford School of Art alumna Kate Whitehead is among the chosen 100. Kate specialises in weave and embroidery embracing tradition, salvaging the discarded and fixing the broken.