Students awarded summer internship with popular British fashion brand



Three third year BA (Hons) Design for Textiles students have been awarded a summer internship with a popular British fashion brand.

Heriot-Watt University BA (Hons) Design for Textiles students recently completed a live industry project under fashion brand Joules.

Students were asked to create a collection of textile designs for Spring/Summer 2019, inspired by the British seaside, while also taking into consideration the Joules brand and its customers' lifestyle.

The design collection was to be focused on either fashion or interiors.

Students were provided with a mood board and colour palette as a starting point for the project. The development process was to include primary research, including photography and drawing, visually explaining their thoughts and ideas.

Joules designers Anja Alexandersdottir and Isla Rustrick visited Heriot-Watt's Scottish Borders campus to judge the work and pick one student to complete an internship with the company.

The standard of work was so high that they offered summer internships at Joules' Head Office to three students: Flora Johnston; Rachel Kerr and Assisa Lolia.

Anja Alexandersdottir said: “All the students' work was really creative and they have put a lot of hard work into the project so it was really hard to choose one winner. In the end we choose two printers who were very different. Rachel had done really intricate collage designs that were very cohesive and beautiful, she had taken the brief and put her own design style into it. Assisa also put a lot of her personality into the project and her final pieces were so quirky and full of character. Flora's work was of a really lovely quality, very tasteful and to a really high standard.”

Emily Quinn, Associate Professor said: “The work and displays were of a high standard this year and all students should be very happy with their presentations.”

Evie Brownlee, Corbin Sharp, Frankie Graham and Helen Lawrenson were also shortlisted for the internship.