All white on the night for creative students

Josie Kilby
Josie Kilby

The end of year show by art, design, fashion and textile students at Bedford College proved a ‘white winner’.

The theme of the catwalk show in the South Bank Arts Centre theatre was entitled ‘The White Project’ and the fabrics and fashions created by students demonstrated the range of skills which flourish on the award-winning courses.

Among them was the work of Megan Schneider, a 1st year HND student, who was selected to submit her work for the internationally recognised 2016 Hand & Lock prize. Her project focused on creating skilfully embroidered and embellished fashion fabrics that stand the test of time under the project title ‘Objects of Desire’. Her highly accomplished and innovative creations were on display as part of the end of year show.

At the end of the fashion show, director of the arts Sue Blackman presented prizes and the finale was a line-up of all the students with their specially designed pencil certificates.

Two 3D design students were among many who submitted artworks for a Message in a Bottle competition set by Alcohol Services. Winners were Carmelo Vullo and runner-up was Fatema Sumaya.

In the South Bank Arts Centre exhibition area and classrooms, visitors could see examples of the tremendous work of the complete department. This included winners of two national You Can Now (YCN) competitions.

First Year Graphic Designers Ellia Raja and Maciek Karpeta are due to pitch to international fashion brand Gap.

Josie Kilby, pictured, Emma Lemon and Ellie Terrell, second year graphic design students, won a YCN competition for a Fedrigoni brief. Josie collected a ‘top of the course’ certificate from the college for her work.

All three are staying on at Bedford College for a third year to complete their degrees in graphic design, the first time the degree-finishing year can be taken at Bedford College.