Two RMIT students have received international recognition at the London Design Festival for their wallpaper designs.
The Textile Design and Development students had the opportunity to display their work at the sixth Annual Student Wallpaper Design Competition.
The event, run via the London Design Festival, presented designs from students studying textiles, fine art and ceramics across the UK, Europe and – for the first time – Australia.
Wall coverings submitted by RMIT students drew considerable attention and comments from both industry representatives and other universities that attended the event.
Although only participating as international exhibitors, students Ashley Brock and Suzannah Thomson were presented highly commended awards for their impressive wallpaper designs.
Associate Professor Robyn Healy, Head of the School of Fashion and Textiles said the high commendation was testament of the quality design and practical skills developed by students in the diploma.
“Our diploma students are delivering work at a high international standard,” she said.
“Involvement in international design exhibitions like the London festival allows our students the opportunity to develop critical industry networks and connections, which bridges their learning in real-world and exciting way.”
Participants worked on concepts for wallpaper based on an industry brief that requested a contemporary commercial collection inspired by the art deco period.
Students drew from sample swatches of wallpaper from the Warner Textile Collection Archive, using the colours, shapes and motifs to mould their own collections.
Some students also incorporated a range of different techniques such as laser cutting and overlaying print with hand painting in order to extend their designs from 2- to 3-dimensional.
Textiles teacher Douglas McManus, said he was thrilled to have the Diploma of Textile Design and Development students represented in an international competition.
“The event presented the students an opportunity to showcase their designs to a worldwide industry audience and gain a level of exposure not usually available to students at a diploma level,” Mr McManus said.
“To have two of our students highly commended for their collections is validation of the high standard of work produced by Textile Design and Development students at RMIT.”
The exhibition allowed students to display their wall coverings to other students in the field, as well as to international buyers and companies unavailable in Australia.