Winning student's design to go on sale worldwide.
15 Aug 2013
Students from the 2nd year Textiles BA(Hons) course are taking part in a three week-long competition organised by lecturers Leo Santos-Shaw and Patrick Dyer with the online cycling apparel company Summit Different to come up with a winning cycling sports wear design. Summit Different is a West Sussex based company which produces alternatives to, what they see, as unimaginative designs by large companies for the mass market.
Company co-founders, Julia Southward, Company Director, and Tony Piedade, invited the students to produce a collection of printed textile designs for mens, womens and unisex cycling tops. The brief was fairly open in terms themes and ideas so each student was able to approach the challenge from their own creative angle.
A total of seven students have been shortlisted and the chosen design work will be taken to China at the end of this month to be prototyped which will involve printing and making up a cycle jersey top. At this stage, the winners will be chosen.
The competition is an example of opportunities open to students to gain knowledge and experience of creating designs in a business context that will be of value in their future careers.
First prize is £300 and second prize is £200 and the winning designer will receive an early career boost when the jersey is put into production and sold worldwide online.