A grand night of design for UWIC students 

STUDENTS from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) have been awarded for their talent at one of the most important design events in Wales.

The talented designers of the future from UWIC’s Cardiff School of Art & Design won in two categories securing themselves £1,000 each at the Design Futures Ffres Awards recently run by Design Wales.

Contemporary Textiles Practice student Lucy Dixon scooped the textile prize sponsored by IKEA, while Product Design student Joel Williams won first prize in the Gelert-sponsored Product Design category.

For the Textiles brief, entrants were asked to design a textile collection for IKEA which saw Lucy produce an energetic range of furnishing designs which were bold and colourful. Sara Pratt from Ikea said: "Lucy captured the essence of a 'young Swede' IKEA product which could easily sit on our shelves amongst our product range. It is a great project which showed the development of sketches from local inspiration, right through to a range of commercial products."

Gelert requested that the Product Design entrants create an innovative portable tent/shelter for the modern family. The winning design needed to address the four key criteria of Aesthetics, Tent Standards, Ecodesign and Suitability. Nick Langdon from Gelert said: “Joel delivered a design concept incorporating many commercially sound ideas for lighting, storage and entertainment, and it is obvious he spent a great deal of time analysing the brief and identifying the issues associated with camping.”

UWIC also produced the runners up in both categories with Charlotte Beecham in the Textiles section and Jacques Munro for Product Design.

The Ffres Awards is a Wales-wide design competition for undergraduates studying fashion, textile, graphic and product/industrial design. The aim of the awards are to help prepare students for working in industry by setting competitive briefs that are presented to industry professionals in order to encourage the development of appropriate skills and highlight the talent of future design talent from Wales.

Ieuan Wyn Jones AM, Deputy First Minister and Minister for Economy & Transport attended the event at the Riverfront Theatre in Newport, along with keynote speakers Pete Fowler and Jonathan Sands.

For further information contact Sarah Narusberg, Press Officer, Tel: 029 2041 6221, or e-mail: snarusberg@uwic.ac.uk
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