Weave graduate wins national competition.
15 Aug 2013
Graduate Sophie Reeves has won the inaugural Lululemon Texprint Award. In addition to a prize of £1,000, Sophie will now take part in a three-month paid internship at the Lululemon headquarters in Vancouver, Canada.
Sophie's designs focus on colour with her work inspired by crystal formations and colour reflections which were translated into graphic jacquard weaves. Sophie's work was chosen by Lululemon's chief executive, Sheree Watson, for "her balance of creativity, great colour sense, wit and commercial understanding."
Sophie and, fellow Brighton graduate, Sophia Fenlon were also two of only six weave specialists shortlisted by a team of industry experts as finalists in the Texprint 2012 competition. This was a particularly impressive achievement given that the expert judging panel interviewed hundreds of students from courses throughout the UK before making their selection of 25 textile graduates.
Sophia Fenlon also won sponsorship from Paris fashion house Hermes earlier this year. Researcher and lecturer Kirsty McDougall, who teaches on the BA(Hons) Fashion and Textiles course said: “It's been an amazing year in textiles, with fantastic students”.
Texprint mentors and promotes the UK’s most talented textile design graduates with the support of industry professionals worldwide. Those selected are introduced to buyers, press and sponsors at the Texprint London event, and at Europe and Asia's leading yarn and textile exhibitions. The organisation is entirely funded by industry sponsorship and by British charitable foundations.
Many Texprint alumni now enjoy high-profile, creative roles within the international textile, fashion and interior design industries.