1st year Surface Pattern Design students win big at i-dott!


Congratulations to UWTSD Swansea College of Art first year Surface Pattern Design students Leila Roworth and Steph Nicholas, who have been awarded first and second place, respectively, in the highly esteemed i-dott competition, Artisan category.

The i-dott (Inspiring Designers of Tomorrow Today) Annual International Competition encourages surface pattern and textile design students, from an elite group of invited Universities only, to become the ‘movers and shakers’ of the future design world.

UWTSD’s Digital Textiles and Surface Pattern Design lecturer Claire Savage-Onstwedder said: "Surface Pattern Design students at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD are regular winners, but this is the first time one of our first-year students has won first prize. What an achievement!”

Leila Roworth said: "I am thrilled to have been awarded 1st place within the competition, this has given me confidence for my second year of studying. It has also encouraged me to keep an open mind about learning new techniques and processes as they will help grow my understanding of printmaking and the endless possibilities you can create within design.” 

Claire added: "One of the reasons for success such as this in the early stages of the programme (Level 4 – the 1st year,) is due to the fact that our students respond to live briefs from the start of their time with us.  This builds their confidence as they continue, and as the stakes get higher.  It is noteworthy that these students have gained their success competing against entries from graduating 3rd year BA and graduating Masters students from across the 18 international and national universities invited to take part.”

Leila said : "I learned so much during this project from hand printing to developing digital skills. It was amazing to see how I had started from a drawing, developed a print, and then created a digital wallpaper that still kept all the textural marks and drawing style that I had created by hand.” 

Steph Nicholas said: "Working with a live brief during my first year on the SPD course, was really exciting. To design a wallpaper to specific criteria is a great way to understand what’s expected when designing for another source. It's also a great experience to have before going into my second year.”

Claire said: "We have found that encouraging our students to think in this way creates a strong developmental learning journey that mirrors the creative industries and allows us the confidence, as a teaching team, to enter our students into international competitions such as i-dott.

"Our students work with traditional handcrafting techniques taught by specialists such as head of first year, Julia Griffiths Jones. In her teaching, Julia focusses on the importance of primary drawing and looking, she says “Our winning formula is to teach students to fuse skills such as drawing, painting, printmaking, with technology to create innovative future-facing outcomes relevant to contemporary design practice.”

Steph said: “In my first year I learnt many new techniques such as lino printing, collagraph printing and how to create a repeat pattern, experimenting with lino was my favourite part, which was how I achieved my final design. Throughout the project my process involved many spirals, experimenting with forms of hand craftsmanship to achieve an artisan outcome. I then digitally edited my prints to create my winning wallpaper without losing the artisan effect.”

Steve Thomas from UWTSD's Printmaking department added:  “The collaboration between drawing, design and printmaking has been shown to be of great importance, from the development of the initial image to the final design concept.” 

All winning students will be invited as guests of the charity to attend the Annual Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony and to receive their prizes from Ms. Neisha Crosland.  The event will take place on the 3rd October 2018 at The Monastery, Manchester. 

Note to Editor

The ethos of the 3-year BA (or 4-year MDes) Surface Pattern Design course at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD is to instil in our students a set of tools, skills and approaches to designing, assimilated through experiential projects, workshops and hands-on experience. This begins as soon as students walk into our studios! Our toolbox enables students to select, tailor and apply their ideas to any context. This means students leave with a range of flexible skills which make them highly employable and sought after in a creative and expanding job market.

We welcome new applications to our award-winning programme - recently ranked 1st in Wales and 8th overall in the UK in our subject area by the Guardian League Table 2019.  We are currently offering Creative Excellence Bursaries to successful new applicants in celebration of our recent achievements.  Do you like the sound of i-dott 2019?  You could be our next winner!




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