Two graduates of the School of Textiles and Design at Heriot-Watt’s Scottish Borders campus are among a range of Scottish-based design students who made a big impact at the recent New Design Awards. The awards are made annually at the opening of each of two New Designers exhibitions in London which showcase the very best in recent graduate work.
Half of the New Design Awards went to recent Scottish graduates, including the New Designers John Lewis Award for Design & Innovation, won by Heriot-Watt BA(Hons) Design for Textiles graduate Anja Alexandersdottir.
The New Designers Worshipful Company of Weavers Associate Prize was won by another BA(Hons) Design for Textiles graduate, Louise Jenkins.
Mark Parker, Director of Studies for Design for Textiles, said, “I am absolutely delighted that the work from the textile design programme at Heriot-Watt has been recognised amongst the other awards received by other Scottish Institutions. To have acclaim from a company on the scale of John Lewis to recognise the design excellence of Anja Alexandersdottirs fabrics is amazing and I am equally impressed that the Worshipful Company of Weavers have once again recognised a Heriot-Watt University student by rewarding the high quality of design and making skills within Louise Jenkins textiles”
Anja Alexandersdottir is exhibiting again over the summer and autumn in London and Paris as part of an organisation called TEXPRINT, one of 23 successful candidates chosen from over 200 interviewees from around the UK.