Louise Towers is a third year student at Leeds College of Art. My degree is in BA(Hons) Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design. I have an innate love for drawing and am incredibly passionate about innovative digital craft designing. My style is constantly evolving as I strive to push new techniques and materials throughout my work. My hometown is Winsford, Cheshire (UK).

Career Aspirations
After I graduate from Leeds College of Art I aim to gain lots of experience working within the surface pattern design industry. My style and abilities are very diverse so I therefore feel very open to designing for a variety of final outcomes in the future. I really love to collaborate and gain specialist knowledge from others and want to establish strong contacts worldwide.

Jiran Xia was born and raised in Jin Jiang, China. She has a background in Chinese painting and calligraphy. She is currently a senior and pursuing her BFA in Fashion and Textile design at Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Career Aspirations
Upon graduation in Summer 2017, I hope to move to NYC and gain an entry level position in design industry using the skills I have.

Meredith West is a graduate student in the Fibers and Surface Design program at North Carolina State University, College of Design. Meredith’s research focuses on pattern design and the design process for translating handmade marks through digital technologies. Meredith’s ties to her coastal hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina are influential in her mark making and motifs.

Career Aspirations
Meredith’s aspirations include gaining business and professional experience while working collaboratively from concept to visualization within the surface design industry.

Cassie Suche is originally from Calgary, AB, Canada, Cassie is a junior attending Sheridan College in Oakville, ON. She previously pursued a fine arts degree at Mount Allison University before moving into graphic design at Rhode Island School of Design as a trustee merit scholar. As a designer, she enjoys working with abstract subject matter using a combination of traditional and digital mediums and she has a keen interest in new technology.

Career Aspirations
Cassie hopes to find a position with an activewear brand designing prints for both apparel and products. She is also curious to learn more about print design for interiors as well as packaging. Recently, Cassie completed a semester long print design internship in Sydney, Australia and is currently seeking an internship for the summer of 2017.

Anne Tsaprazis is a Fiber Design major currently pursuing her BFA at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. Anne is a surface designer who develops print and pattern through collage and hand rendered illustration. Concepts that fuel her work vary from contemporary culture, folklore, and creative intuition.

Career Aspirations
Anne aspires to continue to learn and grow in the field of art and design.

Carolina Perrino is currently a senior in the Fibers program at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Carolina begins every design with a painting then translates the work digitally into a design to share with the world.

Career Aspirations
After graduating she hopes to work for an apparel company creating prints on a regular basis. Being a part of a fast paced, creative environment is something she looks forward to.

Mirta Rotondo was born and grew up in Rome, Italy.
Following her genuine passion for design and art, at the age of 18 she founded her first advertising agency. Her early experience as an entrepreneur and as a freelancer, and her continuous involvement in technology defined her path in business and life as a Web and Graphic Designer. For both her professional and artistic life, she has been featured in magazines and press both in Italy and internationally. In 2014 Mirta moved to San Francisco to broaden her horizon and learn new skills. She also decided to obtain a BFA in Illustration at the Academy of Art University where she’s currently enrolled in her 4th (and last) year.

Career Aspirations
Ambitious and curious as I am, once again I decided to test my skills and try a new market. This time I want to mainly focus on my artistic inspiration focusing on the creation of art collections for houses around the world. My next goal is to see my art licensing collections for sale in the retail market.

Grand Prize Winner

Kera Allen is a mother and student, living in the UK, in the CIty of Manchester studying Textile and Surface Pattern design at the University of Bolton.  She works hard to create a future of stability and security through my passions for my son and I.

Career Aspirations
I aspire to become a textile and surface designer, primarily for interiors, patterns for furnishings wallpapers etc. I would like to create a small self sufficient business creating unique textile pieces (interior and gift based) as well as designing for tableware and other home items.

 

Jessica Katie Walsh

University of Southampton, Winchester School of Art (Winchester, Kent)

Hannah Rampley

Leeds College of Art (Leeds, West Yorkshire)