Chelsea's flowers steal the show at design exhibition

“I never really knew what Surface Pattern was until I came to see the course but as soon as I walked into the room I just fell in love with the work and that's what drew me to the University.”

Chelsea Imlack, BA (Hons) Surface Pattern Design

A Staffordshire University graduate has won a top prize and industry placement for her design work.

Chelsea Imlack, who studied BA (Hons) Surface Pattern Design, was awarded one of the major prizes at New Designers 2016 - the UK's most important exhibition for emerging design.

“I never really knew what Surface Pattern was until I came to see the course but as soon as I walked into the room I just fell in love with the work and that's what drew me to the University.” she explained.

"The facilities are really good, I've learned a lot through different techniques. I've learned how to use different machines to do things like screen-printing and hand-printing.”

The 21-year-old from Talke took her final year project 'Intoxicating Blooms', which features a combination of fine line drawings and large screen prints of flowers, to the New Designers competition in London.

Chelsea won the W'Innovate and Wilko award, receiving a £1000 cash prize and a two week work placement with W'Innovate.

“It was amazing. It was an experience that I'll never forget, to see the competition that's out there and to meet lots of new people.”

“I was so overwhelmed to win a prize. I didn't really consider that I'd win so it was really good see what other people thought of my work.”

Chelsea will do her work placement over the summer and hopes it will help to kick-start her career in the industry.

“It'll help me understand the business better and I'll get to see the different processes. It's also really good to put on my CV.”

She added: “I wouldn't have had this opportunity if it wasn't for the course. It's been brilliant.”

Find out more about studying a Surface Pattern degree at Staffordshire University here.

 

Staffordshire University has a range of courses available through Clearing and extra staff have been drafted in to offer expert guidance over the coming weeks.

Find out how to speak with a Clearing adviser about starting a course in September at Staffordshire University here.

 

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