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UK Student Designers Given Epson Awards

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Charlotte Greenwood and Zoha Javed of Birmingham City University given Epson Awards

Creative textile work has secured prizes for a first and final year student at BCU which has a strong and evolving industry-education link with Epson

Epson has given two awards to BA Textile Design students at Birmingham City University. Charlotte Greenwood has secured the Epson Award for a Final Year Student and first year student Zoha Javed has been named the Birmingham City University Winner in this year’s Epson Challenge.

Heather Kendle, market development manager at Epson Europe, says: “When assessing the final year degree show for Epson, we are looking at how students are incorporating print into their thinking, but also want to see a breadth of thinking and original interpretation. Charlotte’s work incorporates elements of origami and is very precise in its execution, which complements the quality of Epson print.  Her laser cutting, pleating and alignment of print with these techniques created some unusual pieces and demonstrated a good eye for detail.”

Charlotte Greenwood’s tutor Dr Dilusha Rajapakse concurs: “Charlotte’s explorative practice-based approach enabled her to effectively incorporate subtle motifs and print effects into different complexities of folded fabric structures. The printed textile design outcome of her final major project introduced new aesthetic qualities for the fashionable sportswear sector.”

Charlotte Greenwood says: “From this project I learned to create and cultivate my own trend. I pushed creative boundaries of surface pattern by incorporating techniques within my stylised drawings. I learned that scale, rhythm and depth of design are all extremely important when generating printed textiles.

“It feels amazing to be recognised for my individual surface pattern and creativity. It is great to know that a prestigious company like Epson have considered my designs worthy of an award.”