Student, Textile Design

By Katie Turton
Final year BA (Hons) Textile Design
Head shotThe opportunity to write a guest blog for Scarlet Opus, who specialise in consumer and design trend forecasting, came during my second year when we got to our work placement module.
The module is all about finding a 4-week work placement. Whilst at first this felt like a daunting task of finding somewhere that would take me on, the more I searched the further I got. My interests lie within the interior trend forecasting industry, so I contacted many companies asking for the opportunity of a placement, until I secured one at a trend forecasting company up in Newcastle.
However, one other company, Scarlet Opus, also got in touch to say that wasn’t the right timing for a placement with them,  but that they were very much interested in staying in touch with me after seeing my digital portfolio!
So, why did I contact the company again over summer?
I decided that because Scarlet Opus had offered to stay in touch with me, it was only right for me to take them up on this chance. I think it’s important to grab opportunities with both hands and take them whilst you can, so over the summer I took photos of the new work I had completed since first emailing Scarlet Opus and made a new digital portfolio for them to view.
Colour board Colour board

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News, Textile Design

By Sophie Hawkesford – Print Designer
BA (Hons) Textile Design Graduate 2014
Embroidery Lecturer and Textile Artist Zoë Hillyard recently curated her first Solo Exhibition ‘Balancing Tensions’ at Anthropologie’s Kings Road Gallery, London from Thursday 7th September to Sunday 22nd October. Zoë is known for her work in ceramic patchwork; a contemporary technique whereby broken ceramics are reconstructed using fine fabrics and impeccable hand stitching. The show contains an alluring collection of colourful and mismatched vessels in all shapes and sizes.


In conjunction with London Design Festival Zoë hosted an event where she invited members of the public to come and stitch an art piece with her, asking the question ‘What do you treasure?’ At the end of the live event Zoë combined the stitched fabrics to mend a broken ceramic vessel, creating a collaborative version of her work for the Anthropologie gallery. Continue Reading
Student, Textile Design

by Chloe Watling
First year BA (Hons) Textile Design

With finishing my first year I wanted to see the Fashion and Textiles graduate show here at BCU and also visit the national New Designers exhibition in London to keep me busy with creative ideas and motivation to produce work over the summer.

The work on display from graduating Fashion and Textile students at BCU was truly an eye-opening experience to see the standard of work and journey they have experienced through their degree.

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                   (Image: School of Fashion and Textiles  Graduate Show, 2017)

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Student, Textile Design

by Loren Evans
Final year Textile Design student specialising in weave


It’s that time of year…
We’re currently in the middle of the most daunting part of our degree…
F  I  N  A  L
M  A  J  O  R
P  R  O  J  E  C  T!
Most of us feel daunted because for the first time in our course – BA (Hons) Textile Design – we have TOTAL autonomy. While this is an exciting prospect, it’s also nerve-wracking as we’re used to having briefs and some direction to follow…so now we’re entering uncharted waters!
Ordinarily this alone is a big challenge to take on, but I decided to take an even more challenging road…

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Student, Textile Design

by Chloe Watling
First-year BA (Hons) Textile Design student

Paris was one of the best trips I’ve ever experienced, and is a must-go-to city. It was four days jam-packed with amazing experiences from the Premiere Vision event, to the Eiffel Tower, to wine and snails!
One of the best aspects of the trip was being able to experience Paris with friends. We found the best way to explore the city was by hiring bikes and being our own tour guides! It’s a cheap and exciting way to find your way around.
chloe bike image
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Graduates, News, Textile Design

Last month we were delighted to welcome our former student Emma J Shipley, back to the School of Fashion and Textiles to talk to us about her impressive and inspirational career achievements to-date since graduating from BCU in Textile Design.


An incredibly talented, award-winning textile designer and graphic artist, specialising in fine drawing, luxury scarves and cushions, Emma was keen to share her experiences with our current students to offer lots of insight, tips and advice on the road to achieving success. Continue Reading