Design students selected for top award

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Great news from our fourth year Design for Textiles students, Cara Fowles and Nicola Valente, who have both been awarded bursaries of £1500 each from the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters (WCFK), one of the City of London’s Livery Companies.

The WCFK have always been impressed by the students we select for the bursary, awarding bursaries to our students for the past five years in a row. This year they asked to see all of our students (as opposed to the selected two), which was unprecedented.

The WCFK visit creative institutions all across the country, conducting lengthy and challenging interviews with the applicants, from which they make the selection for their awards.


Cara Fowles

The students, Cara and Nicola, are really happy at being selected and the money will help fund their final collections.

“My honours project is intended for childrenswear. Last semester I developed fabrics using the Shima Seiki software after visiting their European headquarters on the first Framework Knitters funded training course of its type. The idea was to tell a traditional Scottish fairytale through bands of fairisle inspired patterns to encourage imaginative play in a world with increasing amounts of screen time.” – Cara Fowles.


“My project contains a serene colour palette and luxury natural yarns that were inspired by my personal journey through mindfulness techniques. I took inspiration through my own walks outdoors for patterns, as well as collage. The Framework Knitters loved my passion for wellbeing and my ambition to bring this consideration into the fashion industry which is what I would like to pursue in the future after graduation.” – Nicola Valente.


Nicola Valente

Congratulations to both students. It’s a great honour to be selected by the WCFK and we can’t wait to see their final collections in May, where they’ll be on display, as part of the Degree Show.

A big thank you to Dr Lisa Macintyre for helping the students prepare for the WCFK’s visit to the School.


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