Three more New Designers Awards for UCA

UCA won two more awards at New Designsers 2013. Lara Waghorn with the Absolut Blank prize and CGAA for Best Stand.

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has won three more awards at New Designers 2013.

Following last week's success for Tara Osborough in the Sanderson Award, UCA Rochester's CG Arts & Animation course has picked up the Best Stand award (Part 2), UCA Maidstone's Sarah Knight won the Webb de Vlam Award, while BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Print student Lara Waghorn won the Part 1 Absolut Vodka bottle design competition and £500.

New Designers, which takes place over two weeks at the Business Design Centre in London, showcases more than 3,000 of the UK's most talented and innovative graduates to create the UK's number one exhibition for emerging design.

Lara Waghorn, who is 22 and from Tenterden in Kent, said: "I feel honoured to win the Absolut competition at New Designers because I know how well regarded the brand is in the design world and how high their standards are - so it's a major achievement for me.

Lara Waghorn's winning Absolut bottle design "As a textile designer, I focus more on creating prints for fashion, which has included jewellery and accessories, but I have never considered designing a bottle before, so this is a very exciting.

"This award will help with my future career as a textile print designer because it not only gives me external recognition for my prints but also lets people see that I can produce designs for diverse products and surfaces."

Neil Bottle, BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Print course leader, said: "Lara is an outstanding textiles design student and her work already encompasses a broad range of print applications: from a catwalk collection to printed ceramic tiles.

"Her innovative approach to creative problem-solving has certainly paid off at New Designers, with her clever use of digital and screen printed foil for her wining design.

"Printed textiles design today has so many applications and it is great to see that Lara's design skills applied to commercial products."

UCA Rochester's CG Arts & Animation team saw off more than 400 other exhibitors to win the Best Stand Award for the second time in four years.

CG Arts & Animation graduates won Best Stand at New Designers 2013 The art-deco cinema stand, complete with usherettes and free popcorn, was praised by the judges for its "brilliantly imaginative and clever presentation of animation and illustration where visitors are invited to take a seat, spend time with the work and really engage with it."

Senior lecturer, Phil Gomm, said: "New Designers is a busy exhibition with loads to see so our challenge is always to find unique and memorable ways of encouraging visitors to engage with graduates and their work.

"Our mini cinema has been in the talk of the show with visitors taking their seats to enjoy the student reels and engage with their work on another level."

Sarah Knight won the Webb de Vlam Associate Award. Photo by Matthew Hiam Sarah Knight, a BA (Hons) Graphic Design: Visual Communications student at UCA Maidstone, won the Webb de Vlam Award for her emotive video about conflict diamonds.

Sarah, who won an internship with the company as part of the prize, said: "I'm really grateful that my work has received this recognition at New Designers and for the opportunities that have come with it.

"I really want to get into motion graphics but the majority of internships in this industry want specialised degrees in the area, so this award really has opened a door for me in that respect, which I'm extremely grateful for."

On 26 June, UCA Farnham BA (Hons) Textiles for Fashion & Interiors graduate Tara Osborough won the New Designers Sanderson Award, which comes with a £1000 cash prize and a four-week paid internship at the world-famous Sanderson studios.

Tara, 22, from Bangor, Northern Ireland, said: "I feel so honoured to have won the New Designers Sanderson Award.

"Over my past three years of studying at UCA Farnham I have found a passion for colour and I will use the prize money to further my research into colours in textiles while I study for my Masters. I am also really looking forward to starting my placement."

Tara's hand-painted woven fabrics were praised by the judges for the "beautifully considered use of colour to create saturated and painterly cloths that displayed maturity of design and craftsmanship."

Tara Osborough's award-winning fabric design Taking place over two weeks, New Designers is divided into two parts.

Part 1, runs from 26-29 June and brings together graduates from the top design courses in contemporary applied art and ceramics and glass, alongside fashion, textiles and accessories and jewellery and precious metalwork.

Part 2, 3-6 July, focuses on furniture and product design, visual communications and spatial design - and for the first time, Prime Cuts, a new feature to the event that brings together specialist motion arts disciplines, including film, video and costume design.

UCA is well represented during both weeks and scores of students have earned their first big-break during the event.

New Designers is affiliated with leading companies and organisations which recognise the value of design education and its contribution to the UK's thriving and commercially valuable creative industries.

For more information contact:

David Reilly, Press Officer, UCA
T: 01252 892939

Twitter: @UniCreativeArts

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