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Textiles Graduate Wins Texselect 2018 Award

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A BA (Hons) Textiles graduate will be exhibiting her work in Paris next month after being chosen for a prestigious award

Lucy Ilsley was selected as one of the winners at TexSelect 2018 after successfully beating off hundreds of applicants from across the UK.

As one of only 24 textile design graduates chosen this year, Lucy now has a place in the TexSelect mentorship programme for her mixed media work.

She will also have the chance to be part of the world-renowned international textile fair Premiere Vision in Paris, as well as showing her work in London.

TexSelect said all the designers chosen “demonstrated outstanding skill and artistry in their chosen discipline”, adding they had “impressed the interview panels with their creativity, skills, knowledge and their eagerness to succeed in the professional world”.

Lucy said she learned of her success via a phone call while she was exhibiting at New Designers in London, adding her success had come as a complete surprise.

She said: “I nearly didn’t answer the call due to the unknown number but I can still remember the shock on my face when I realised who was calling me.

“I was never expecting to be selected, it took me all day to process what had just happened.

“When it had finally sunk in I couldn’t stop smiling, the whole experience has given me a lot more confidence in my work and abilities.

“It feels great and amazing to have been awarded a place with TexSelect and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity.”