Second year students on the Textile Practice (Surface Design) course at the University of Huddersfield were invited to create a piece of artwork that could be translated into a wallpaper suitable for inclusion in a Fardis collection. The designs shown at the Surface Design Show, London (10-12 February 2015), took inspiration from different areas – including the natural world, traditional baroque motifs and paint effects.
Students were asked to produce a hand crafted physical piece of artwork (as opposed to a flat CAD print) and evidence of colour and trend research in the form of mood boards and sketch books. The students had six weeks to complete the project.
The winning designer was Hannah Shrigley, who wins a work placement in the Muraspec & Fardis Design Studio.
Matt Hayes, Design Development Manager for the Muraspec Group, comments: “The competition has been a great success due to the effort and enthusiasm of the students. The process challenged participants to create exciting new artworks while encouraging them to become stronger, more commercially aware designers.
“Our winning student, Hannah Shrigley, met every aspect of the brief and her entries displayed a good understanding of design in keeping with the Muraspec Group ethos. We look forward to welcoming her when she carries out her work placement in the Design Studio.”
Louisa Eyles, Muraspec Group’s Marketing Manager, said: “We have always been a supporter of British design and manufacturing, so it’s important we nurture new talent joining the industry. I hope the students have enjoyed the challenge we set them, and look forward to seeing more of their work in the future.”