Surface Pattern designers showcasing talent at New Designers Week 2


After a highly successful Week 1 last week at New Designers in London, we are excited to announce that two of our graduating students and one of our graduates will be making an appearance at Week 2.

Student with designs

This is a first for the programme and it is a true reflection of the breadth of reach, and the appeal that the Surface Pattern Design programme at Swansea College of Art has. Week 2 typically features product, industrial design, furniture, graphics, illustration and digital arts. 

From the current Integrated Master of Design cohort, 4th years Jess Hill and Stacey Mead are exhibiting as part of the Product Design, Transport and Automotive Design stand. Their work has developed from a strong base in textiles and core associated disciplines such as pattern design, print and surface embellishment. In the latter part of their studies, they have enjoyed moving away from cloth and found themselves working innovatively, exploring harder materials such as wood, glass, metals and plastics. The students will be showing their designs in the context of a completely new environment for the Surface Pattern programme – they are our pioneers!

Students with their work

Jess and Stacey are no strangers to this sort of challenge, having successfully exhibited at Object Rotterdam in February early this year.  Also, both students have been involved with significant live briefs throughout their final year – working on commissions for the new SA1 development, and with Willis Newson, a design for healthcare interior design specialist.  Their work explores the exciting territory that is emerging between pattern, textiles, and architecture, and the space between pattern, textiles, and product, utilising the extensive kit and multidisciplinary capability of the programme.  We cannot wait to hear what response they get from their work.  It’s safe to say they are ready for the next phase of their creative adventures, they’re going to be snapped up!

Additionally, Nia Rist Morgan, who graduated in 2016, will be exhibiting in the fiercely competed for, ‘One Year In’ profile featuring recent graduates who are one year into their creative enterprises.  Since graduating she has steadily built up her eye-catching and contemporary ‘NiaRist’ interiors product range, having initially been given an opportunity to exhibit via The Jane Phillips Award programme with the Mission Gallery.  Working with her Interior contacts gaining experience, test marketing at design fairs and markets nationally, and more recently collaborating with graduating student Hannah Beniamous on a styling project, Nia is armed to take ND18 Week 2 by storm.  We wish her enormous luck in her very exciting venture.  We are exceptionally proud of her entrepreneurial get up and go and know that the New Designers crowd will love her striking collection too.


Note to Editor

It’s a full 3 years since the H&M talent recruitment team approached the Surface Pattern Design graduates of 2015 at New Designers, the break-through talent exhibition at the London Design Centre.  H&M were so impressed by the students they met that they approached us to run a live brief in Autumn 2016 resulting in a group of our 2nd year students going to Sweden for 3 months during the summer of 2017 to work at their design HQ.  One of our alumnus, and New Designers ‘One Year On’ alumnus, Rosie Cook, is now working full time as a print designer at H&M. For more details, please follow this link. 

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