UWTSD graduate is a finalist in the British SDC International Design Competition


A UWTSD Swansea College of Art Surface Pattern & Textiles graduate is a finalist in the British SDC (Society of Dyers and Colourists) International Design Competition.

Marie Wilkinson sits at a workbench covered in designs and sketches.

The contest, themed ‘Colour and the Universe’ this year, and sponsored by Archroma, engages with hundreds of students, universities, and designers globally. Its aim is to help entrants develop their understanding of colour and the challenges around sustainability in the textile supply chain.

Marie Wilkinson entered the British SDC International Design Competition with her ‘Golden Hour’ project whilst she was in her 3rd year, but due to the pandemic the submission and shortlisting ran into this year, where she managed to win first place in the West of England and South Wales heat.

Marie said: “When reading the design brief of exploring ‘Colour and the Universe’, I considered how we interact with sunlight - specifically the golden hour. I wanted my colour palette to convey the subtle golden tones found in fields of flowers at that time of day, communicating how we feel in its celestial presence. 

“I explored traditional screen-printing methods whilst learning how to colour-match digitally through fabric dyeing, to create a commercial collection of hand-dyed fabrics that could be applied to fashion, with sustainable practice at its forefront.” 

Marie took her inspiration from the Christian Dior SS20 and Badgley Mischka SS20 Collections to address print for fashion alongside Claude Monet’s studies of dappled light to fuel her concept when considering the relationship between light and the universe.  The collection of fabrics in Marie’s project is for a timeless womenswear collection to ensure the print remains relevant for years to come and the materiality is used for the fullness of its lifespan.

Textile samples hanging from a wall, alongside samples of the colour palette and a brief explanation of the theme The Golden Hour.

Marie adds: “I feel like this brief helped forge my design identity, and I’m so pleased to have won the west of England and Wales heat of this competition as a result of it!”

Lecturer Catherine Hammerton from the Surface Design course said: “We were beyond proud that Marie's beautiful entry of hand-printed, and hand-dyed textiles inspired by the Golden hour won first place for West of England and South Wales. As with all our students we see a bright future ahead for Marie in the Creative Communities, these wins are just the beginning, and we are excited to see what the future holds.” 

Georgia McKie, Senior Lecturer on BA(Hons) Surface Pattern Design said: “Marie’s project was incredibly thoughtful, and a real treat to be involved within the studio.  Her interpretation of the Golden Hour natural phenomenon spoke intuitively of our shared joy and human connection, whilst also reflecting current trends in the fashion industry and important issues surrounding our changing needs in the context of world issues.  Little did we know how well timed these sentiments would be.  After the cancelled heat of March 2020, we are so proud that this project has finally had the opportunity to resonate with its intended audience.”

More samples of textiles hang from a wall display, covering two themes: the Golden Hour and Relaxing Warmth.

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