Christmas comes early for graduate designer

"I didn't expect to get nominated let alone win! There were so many other amazing designs so it was really exciting to receive the award."

Becky Roe, BA (Hons) Surface Pattern Design

A Staffordshire University graduate has won an industry prize for her range of festive greetings cards.

Becky Roe, 23 from Fulford near Stone, graduated with a first-class degree in BA (Hons) Surface Pattern Design in 2016 and now works as a designer at The Handcrafted Card Company based in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

The Surface Pattern Design degree is recognised nationally and Staffordshire University was ranked 2nd in the country for Fashion & Textiles in the latest Guardian League Tables.

Becky said: “I loved the course at Staffs. The lecturers and the technical staff were friendly and always willing to help and the modules really help to prepare you for working in the industry.”

This month The Handcrafted Card Company won a prestigious Henry award in the best 'Christmas Counter Range' category for its 'Festive Friends' greeting cards which Becky designed.

Annual greetings industry awards The Henries are judged by leading buyers in the industry and Becky's designs were chosen from more than 14,000 entries.

Becky and Operations Manager Mark Lewis collected the prize at a special ceremony hosted at the Royal Lancaster in London on Thursday October 4.

She said: “I didn't expect to get nominated let alone win! There were so many other amazing designs so it was really exciting to receive the award.”

“I really enjoy my job. It's nice to work somewhere local and help put Staffordshire on the map.”

The winning range of cards feature quirky illustrations of 'Festive Friends' including polar bears and penguins and are available to buy at along other products from The Handcrafted Card Company.

Fellow Surface Pattern graduate Joanne Welsh also works for family owned business publishes design led greeting cards from its base in Newcastle under Lyme and sells them direct to independent retail and department stores in the UK and beyond.

Fiona Wilson, Surface Pattern Course Leader, said: “I'm so pleased for Becky. Becky was always working hard to develop her skills and challenge herself whilst she studied with us, so I'm not surprised to see her winning a Henry Award. Myself and all the Surface Pattern Team are thrilled for her.”

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