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University of Derby Magazine

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Feature on Kimono Fabric Design Competition 2017 and Direct Blinds Competition wins. Click images to view them larger. 

Direct Blinds press release front paper

Neighbourhood News 
Feature on Direct Blinds Competition win. Click images to view them larger. 

About Katie 

From a young age, I knew that I was going to establish a future within art and design. I have always been a creative person, and seeing the versatility of textile design and how it could be developed in the future, excites me to become part of it. Personally, my favourite textiles are those that involve intricate, detailed prints with sections of surface embellishment, such as beading, embroidery or laser cutting, to highlight aspects of the design. 

I have come to the end of my MA in Fashion and Textiles at the University of Derby, where I also graduated with a 2:1 in BA Textile Design (Hons) in July 2018. Previous to university, I studied HNC Fashion and Textiles at Tresham College of Further and Higher Education. 

Inspiration for my designs comes from the world that surrounds me, with nature being a predominant factor. In the past, I have created garments, accessories, wallpapers and prints inspired by seashells, butterflies, beetles and plants. Most of which can be seen in my online portfolio.


Some of my achievements over the past few years include;

  • Commissioned by Derby Museum and Art Gallery to create a piece of work for their Japanese 'Powerful Nature' exhibition (September 2019)

  • Finalist in the SBID Designed for Business Competition in the Interior Decoration Category (November 2018)

  • Winner of the Kimono Fabric Design Competition 2017 (August 2017)

  • 1 of 3 Winners in a student competition ran by Direct Blinds. (June 2017)

  • Second place in a competition to design curtains for the Mayor of Derby (March 2017)

  • Shortlisted to Top 15 in a competition briefed by David Nieper (February 2017)

  • Futures Award in Social Media Recognition (2017)

  • Futures Award Recognition in Enterprise Skills (2017)

  • vInspired Award ‘v50’ (2013)

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