Talented student wins trip to Japan

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We’ve won at the annual Shima Seiki competition for the first time in the School’s history, thanks to our talented, final year BA (Hons) Design for Textiles student, Cara Fowles (second from left in pic); Cara has picked up the award for her childrenswear project.

Shima Seiki produce cutting-edge machinery, operating from programmed designs – the machines are widely used within the fashion industry.

Our students have access to lots of industry standard machines and Cara used the Shima Seiki to create her final project – a childrenswear collection, telling a Scottish fairytale through the bands of fairisle patterns.


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Cara travelled to Shima Seiki’s European Headquarters in Castle Donington with seven other finalists and was consequently picked as one of two winners.

The prize is an all expenses paid trip to their main headquarters in Japan for further training and then a training course back at Castle Donington. This is not only a huge opportunity for Cara but a great honour for the School of Textiles and Design.

Creativity, here at the School, is always underpinned by technical expertise and this gives us the edge when our graduates enter into industry.

Well done Cara and enjoy that trip to Japan. A special thank you to our full-time Knitwear Technician, Ursula Rautenbach, for her support with Cara’s entry.

Cara’s collection will be on display at our annual degree show on 24th and 25th May. TICKETS go on sale next week.

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