Emerging Talent from Plymouth College of Art
Thursday 13 June 2019, Written by Melissa Gunstone
With many of our tiles being designed and manufactured at our production site in Exeter, Devon; we have the advantage of being able to respond quickly to changing market conditions and produce tiles which not only complement existing interior trends, but also establish new ones. With this in mind, we were absolutely thrilled when approached by Plymouth College of Art and asked to assist in the judging of a design project undertaken by BA (Hons) Printed Textile Design & Surface Pattern students.
Students had an 8-week period to put their design concepts together and we were absolutely blown away with the level of creativity and the professional presentations provided. It was undoubtedly clear that all students had invested considerable time within their research with careful consideration has been applied to tile shapes, materials and areas of use.
Many of their design concepts explored a variety of textures, from stained glass and raised surfaces through to knitted wool and beach shells. Pattern repetition and multiple design faces were also considered, showcasing detailed thought behind sale-ability and validity within the marketplace.
What’s even more impressive, digital printing and other innovative techniques were explored in the Plymouth College of Art’s ‘Fablab’ enabling the students to apply the latest technologies to their concepts. One student had even deliberated environmental impacts and presented a tile material made from sustainable sources offering an innovative and future-led approach to tiling.
All concepts were truly unique and we found the experience refreshing and incredibly inspiring. Due to the amount of talent, it was very difficult to recognise only one student, therefore, it was decided that there would be one overall winner and three runners up.
The overall winner, second-year student Hannah Perry, was selected due to her in-depth research, knowledge of market trends and presentation quality which would have been appropriate for any commercial boardroom. Her final concept showcased a product which not only met all aspects of the design brief but would also be well-received by the market due to the tile’s popular brick shape, complementary colourways, earthy pattern design and various design faces. Lauren Earl, Jessica Barber and Katherine Toms were all highly commended as runners-up.
The Original Style team thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this experience and it was exciting to meet and witness the talent emerging from Plymouth College of Art.