Jamie Bass

New Designers hailed a success

This years’ New Designers Show was hailed a massive success for Somerset College as undergraduates made contacts within industry and gained very important leads for work and competitions.

Renowned designer Tracy Kendall offered Jamie Bass a work placement as a result of the exhibition.

Jamie, who studies BA (Hons) Design (Interior Textiles and Surface Design), said: ‘I really enjoyed the exhibition, it was a massive chance for me to make contacts in the industry. I’m really looking forward to this work placement, Tracy Kendall is a great designer producing stunning wallpapers which is also what I really enjoy. I’m really looking forward to it.

‘My collection included wall panels, prints and frames. I took my inspiration from manor houses and objects that are found in them.’

The British European Design Group also made contact with a number of designers during the event. They contacted a number of students who would complement their portfolio and encouraged them to display with them across Europe.

Somerset College were contacted by the Chief Designer of Muraspec who are interested in collaborating on a project with next years undergraduates. Muraspec are the leading designers and suppliers of commercial wallcoverings in Europe.

Neil Musson, Interior Textiles and Surface Design Tutor, said: ‘We have lots of contacts with leading companies who are able to set our students great creative projects for them to really get their teeth into. Each project offers something completely different, for example the second years had to design sustainable interiors for Radical Homes this year.

‘Muraspec are Europe’s leading designers of commercial wallcoverings, so to work together on a project will be really beneficial for the students.’

New Designers is the foremost event in graduate design showcasing the work, energy and talent of some 4,000 designers. It is a chance for graduates to showcase their designs in front of industry experts. The primary goal of each designer there is to impress potential employers and get a foothold in the industry.

Somerset College deliver degree courses through a partnership with the University of Plymouth. Click here for more information on BA (Hons) Design (Interior Textiles and Surface Design) and BA (Hons) Design (Fashion Textiles). Alternatively email enquiries@somerset.ac.uk or phone (011823) 366 331.