Aspiring product and textile designers were invited to submit their work to the second edition of the New & Next university competition. The winners of the competition were given a stand in hall 3.0 and therefore an opportunity to present themselves under the “New & Next” banner in the “Textile Design” product area.
The winning universities are the Bolton School of Arts, England (stand B32), Indus Valley School, Pakistan (stand B34) and Hochschule Luzern, Switzerland (B36).
Bolton School of Arts
The winners from the British university present works that were based on hand-drawn and painted templates. ‘We encourage our students to perfect their skills by hand before moving on to developing the designs further from a technical point of view’, explains lecturer Faye Power. Shamoona Mahmood, Demi Carter and Jenny McCarthy produced the winning designs: impressive drawings and illustrations of magical flower motifs and colourful patterns inspired by traditional Pakistani designs are presented here.
Indus Valley School
Another three women present the work they submitted for their intermediate university exams. Hibba Sagib immersed herself in the world of fragrance and decorated room dividers with real cloves, aniseed, cinnamon and cardamom. In doing so, she wants to offer an alternative to artificial room fragrances. Insia Aamir reinterpreted the traditional synthetic floor covering ‘Chaptai’ and weaves magical patterns by hand from recycled materials. Umme Safa Amin focused on waste produced by weddings in Pakistan: tonnes of flower petals are thrown away here and she uses this waste to make dyes and to print on leather and silk.
Switzerland came up with three very different ideas. For her final dissertation, Cathrin Bär designed a decoration concept for a grocery store, enticing people into a land of delicacies. The concept can be applied to anything from wall decoration to stationery. For his acoustic wall tiles, Benjamin Willi was inspired by old papermaking techniques. His research project Texcycle uses cradle to cradle methods and therefore paves the way to the future. Tiffany Avila developed a new design for the new ‘Waldeburgerli’, a regional train in the Basel area. Here, ribbons in strong red tones meander their way across the cushions in line with the old tradition of ribbon weavers in the Basel region.
The winners of this competition are set apart by lots of strong ideas and their wonderful creativity, and the Heimtextil team wishes them all every success in their creative future.