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Society of Dyers & Colourists award top prizes to UCA Textiles students

Students from our BA (Hons) Textiles for Fashion & Interiors course at our Farnham campus have won first, second and 'highly commended' prizes in this year’s regional heats of the Society of Dyers and Colourists’ Colour Competition. Marking the first time the competition judges have awarded top prizes to so many students from the same university, our final-year student Hannah Rumsey was declared the overall winner, with second-year students Jess Smith and Evie Francis securing the runner up position and a 'highly recommended' award respectively.

Taking part in the London Heats, the students each had to put together four boards with imagery and samples illustrating their individual responses to the theme ‘Making it personal’, and present these to industry judges at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London.

The designs from runner up Jess were inspired by her own personal collection of agates, which are a type of quartz. “I chose to use these for my project because I love colour and each of my agates are so strong in colour,” said Jess, who hopes to work in the textile industry after graduating. “To get second place in the London heats was absolutely amazing for me, as it’s the first competition I’ve entered work into.”

Winner Hannah Rumsey hopes to explore upholstery in her career once she’s graduated, and entered a body of work based on allotments. “I visited Farnham allotments, ones near Reading and also kitchen gardens from a few National Trust sites, then drew from the vegetables and fruit and used colours found in the allotments,” said Hannah. “My designs focused around the blackberry design that I’d painted, all of which were hand screen-printed using colour separation.”

Speaking of the moment she found out she was the winner, Hannah said: “I was shocked and surprised! I didn’t know what to say. I did feel quite proud though, and it gave me a confidence boost for my work.”

Hannah Rumsey SDC competition

Hannah will compete with four other regional winners to progress to the global grand final, where the overall winner will receive £1,000 in cash and a trophy. “I’m a bit nervous about going up against others from the UK, especially as they’re meant to be the best from their region. Hopefully it goes well, but even winning just this part of it was good and still quite an achievement.”

You can see more examples of the work students produce on our Textiles for Fashion & Interiors course, and find out more about the course and facilities at our Farnham campus, here