The winning students

Wedding stationery grows award

Eco wedding stationery that includes flower seeds to grow as a reminder of the day, has won the annual Somerset College Enterprise Award for Business Initiative.

Undergraduates from the five Textiles and Fashion BA (Hons) programmes worked together to win the £500 award by launching Samsara, a company that specialises in eco-wedding stationery.

As part of their project the group had to come up with a workable business plan and present it in a Dragons Den style to win the award.

Kimberley Startup, Naomi Rush, Stephanie Morris and Paula Fisher came up with the idea of the eco stationery and produced examples of their work as part of their presentation.

Naomi Rush said: ‘Winning this award is fantastic! I am really proud of the group. It was really hard work but a great experience and will help us all when we graduate and get into the business world.

‘Weddings are extremely special occasions and should have lasting memories. By putting seeds in the cards, people are left with a happy memory of the happy day.'

The undergraduates made their paper out of 100% cotton pulp, embedding the seeds into the pulp. After the wedding, recipients would be able to bury their invite, the seeds would germinate creating lasting memories of the happy day.

Kimberley Startup said: ‘At a time when helping our environment has never been more important, we designed beautifully crafted, ecological stationery decorated with seeds which enables wedding days to bloom in the future.'

Neil Musson, Textiles Tutor at Somerset College, said: ‘Students had to work together in groups to come up with an original business idea and develop a workable business plan. Samsara have produced some stunning stationery that is an innovative and very viable business proposition.'

In recent years Somerset College's Textiles undergraduates have won many awards, including the international Dalsouple Transform the Future Award, Clothes Show Live Young Designer of the Year and Michelle Lang was selected to display at New Designers Selections as one of the top fifty emerging UK designers.

For further information of degree level Textile or Fashion courses at Somerset College, offered through a partnership with the University of Plymouth, visit the course listing page, alternatively contact (01823) 366 331.