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Student chosen to display designs at Festival of Quilts 2017

A University for the Creative Arts (UCA) undergraduate is one of just three students chosen to exhibit work as part of the Festival of Quilts 2017, held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham this August.

Third-year BA (Hons) Textiles for Fashion & Interiors student Grace Dickerson, who has also been shortlisted for the Quilters Guild Prize, will showcase her Brutalist architecture-inspired prints at the three-day event.

“I’ll be exhibiting pieces that translate Brutalist architectural themes, using ideas of shape, structure, and asymmetrical proportions, into organically printed cloth,” says Grace, who is 21 and from London.

“The cloth I produce is highly experimental, pushing and testing the boundaries of a print degree with material testing. Within this brief I set for myself, I’ve been exploring a number of practices such as fusing techniques, embroidery, cutting away cloth – both by hand and digitally – as well as structural geometric elements of surface manipulation. My aim is to create and illustrate an imposing collection, comprised of cloth, for fashion – particularly menswear.”

The Festival of Quilts is home to the largest quilting competition in Europe and displays more than 700 competition quilts which showcase a range of patchwork, quilting and applique techniques. There are 14 different categories for the competition, with a range of prizes on offer.

Grace says that the freedom of her course at UCA has enabled her to explore and develop when putting together her designs. “I think that the modern twist I have established with quilted techniques, along with the interesting choice of materials used, helped me stand out from the crowd when I was submitting my designs,” she adds.  “I’m really looking forward to exhibiting among some creative and beautifully-made quilts in Birmingham.”

The exhibition will take place from Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 August.