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Hye Jung In, Recent Graduate of Academy of Art, Named Grand Prize Winner in Annual SURTEX designext Competition

Posted on 5/20/2013 by Sasha Campbell

WHITE PLAINS, NY, May 20, 2013 –The Grand Prize winner in the 2013 designext® international student competition organized annually by SURTEX®, the leading trade show for the art and design market, is Hye Jung In of Seoul, Korea, a December graduate in Textile Design at the Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA).

Penny Sikalis, Vice President of GLM and Manager of the SURTEX show, announced the award at the show held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Hye Jung In was one of four top student winners in the competition, long a highlight of the annual B-to-B marketplace, now in its 27th year.

The Grand Prize comes with a $1000 cash award and a golden opportunity to accelerate a professional career. Hye Jung In used imagery of Marrakesh, Morocco gleaned from travel photos of the city, its architecture and markets. The judges noted her sensitivity to surface, pattern and design for the global market in her submission and her portfolio.

"This year, 75 participants in the designext competition from 15 colleges developed distinctive portfolios that position them for entry into the surface design industry. All students have benefitted from the learning experience: to prepare commercially viable work on a defined theme that will translate to diverse surfaces. Each year, the four winners have utilized the contacts they made at SURTEX to launch promising careers," Sikalis said.

The competition's theme was surface designs to be used in a wellness/healthcare setting. Students were challenged to create an overall concept and a minimum of six surface designs that would be appropriate in a gym, spa, health clinic or similar setting.

“The design world welcomes the creativity of the students in the designext competition, and values their drive to succeed. At SURTEX, designers, agents, manufacturers and retailers are introduced to these talented newcomers,” said the judges. “We are excited to see the great work that Hye Jung In and the other winners brought to SURTEX; they all have massive potential to become outstanding artists in the field.”

The panel of judges, each a highly regarded design professional, represented diverse sectors within the design and licensing industry. The four judges are: Ronnie Gold, Vice President, Design Home and Accent Fabrics; Bryan Parker, Vice President of Design, CHF Industries; Lauren Sizeland, Director of Business Development and Licensing, Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Cynthia White, Founder and Creative Director, Cynthia White New York.

The judges also critiqued the portfolios of all four designext winners. In addition to Hye Jung In, they were Hannah Rampley of Blackpool, a third year student in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design at Leeds College of Art (Leeds, West Yorkshire); Alicia Teixeira of San Francisco, a senior in Textile Design at the Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA); and Jessica Katie Walsh of Canterbury, Kent, a third year student in Printed Textile Design at University of Southampton, Winchester School of Art (Winchester, Kent).

All four top students traveled with their winning design portfolios to New York City, where their work was displayed before the 7,000 attendees and nearly 300 other exhibitors gathered at SURTEX from 15 countries around the world. SURTEX is considered THE SOURCE for original surface design. It is the only trade show in North America devoted to the sale and licensing of original art and design for a variety of product categories, from consumer goods, packaging, stationery, textiles and giftware to housewares, wall coverings and floor coverings for the home furnishings and contract markets.

For more information on SURTEX and designext, contact Penny Sikalis at 914-421-3297,, or visit

Note to Editor: Photos of competition winners and judges available, as are images of winning design entries.