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Winchester School of Art

Winner of Surtex Designext Competition Chosen

Published: 20 May 2015

Lucy Harris, a senior working toward a BA in Fashion and Textile Design at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, UK, is the grand prize winner of the 2015 edition of Surtex’s Designext.

The international design competition honours art and design students for exceptional surface design work.

The $1,000 prize was awarded to Harris for her project “Side streets” in the WEAR category, inspired by the New York youth culture of the early 1990s.

“I am so excited to have been a part of the Surtex Designext 2015 competition and to have neen invited to such a well-established and recognized show in the art licensing world,” Harris said.

The challenge, “The New Urban Grunge” required entrants to create six original surface designs in one of four categories: WEAR (apparel, personal accessories), WORK (office furniture and upholstery, wall coverings, desk accessories, etc.), LIVE (sheets, comforters, tablecloths, dinnerware) and PLAY (gift bags, wrapping paper, journals, etc.).

The three additional winners are: Daniela Ruis working toward a degree in Textile Design from the Universidad Iberoamericana de Puebla in Puebla, Mexico for “Vintage Grunge” in the LIVE category; Hannah Wilkinson, a senior at the Leeds College of Art in the UK, in her final year of studies for a BA in Printed Textiles and Surfac Pattern Design, for “The New Urban Grunge” in the WORK category; and Lucal Woolley, a junior at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design for “Cement Garden” in the WEAR category.

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