Read about the winners of the New Designers Harlequin Award, Sanderson Award, Tigerprint Award and Wilkinson Award.
Daisy Pederson of Leeds College of Art won The New Designers Harlequin Award for her collection of digitally enhanced prints. Daisy draws inspiration from her Scandinavian heritage along with her inquisitive use of different processes. She obtains imagery, digitally manipulates it, prints and then adds embroidery for a modern meets traditional twist. Her work has interior based materials as well as wallpaper/wall-hanging elements. Her work is bold, bright and striking.
The Sanderson Award was presented to Joanna Srokol of Edinburgh College of Art for the ‘best use of colour in design.’ Joanna’s work finds its inspiration in both Joanna’s past; Poland and present; Scotland. Rich natural colours with a variety of experimentation are the basis of Joanna’s portfolio. She enjoys using a variety of different processes, from screen printing and burning silk to hand painting with acrylics, dyes and pigments. Her work is seeped in variety and also has a rich, heavy drape/wall-hanging quality created by acrylic layers that isn’t found anywhere else in the show.
Kathryn Fowler from Leeds College of Art received The New Designers Tigerprint Award for her extensive, beautiful and meticulous attention to detail. Kathryn’s portfolio definitely has the ‘Wow’ factor that Tigerprint were looking for. Her work is based on botanical structures which she hand draws in precise detail and her illustrations would not look amiss in a botany encyclopaedia.
Kathryn’s passion, drive, originality and personality shine through her work. Her application is predominantly wall hangings and wallpaper however some of her designs could be easily translated into an interior fabric based context. Kathryn’s attention to detail is inspiring as she will sit and take apart flowers and examine structures to get the scientific results her work requires.
Winner of The New Designers Wilkinson Award was Natalie Spencer with her bright and eye-catching designs. Natalie’s work has the commercial element that Wilkinson were looking for in their search to find designs that appeal to their broad customer base. Natalie has applied her designs to soft furnishings, home-wear, stationery, ceramics and wall hangings with great continuity success. Her inspiration is taken from cellular and microscopic imagery with a modern twist.