Meet the finalists
The grand final of the SDC International Design Competition 2015 takes place in November at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London. We are delighted to present our finalists from around the world, all of whom have won the regional heat in their own country. The competition is open to fashion and textile design undergraduates in participating countries.
Tamina Mahnur is studying Fashion Design and Technology at BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology in Bangladesh.
She commented, “First I would like to thank SDC for this opportunity. It is a big responsibility for me that I am the representative of our country. I feel proud that I am the winner of Bangladesh.
By winning the regional heat I represent art, culture, tradition of my country. Bangladesh is a small country. Many countries do not know about our design development. I will try my best to present my creativity by this platform.
I eagerly wait this competition. I hope I could explore my learning for the development of our designing sector. By this competition I will get to know the cultures, traditions of the other countries and their creative work. It will help me in future.
I would like to add value in my design by learning from this competition in future”.
Naomi Ison is the UK representative. She studied Textiles Innovation and Design at the University of Loughborough.
Naomi said “Being a part of this competition has been a really exciting opportunity, I have enjoyed showing my work to industry experts and loved meeting lots of talented students along the way.
I am very excited about the next stage of the competition and meeting all the finalists from the other countries. I feel very proud to be representing the UK and am honoured to be a part of this great competition”.
Aoife Mullane from the National College of Art & Design in Dublin is the Irish finalist.
Our global winners for both 2013 and 2014 have both come from NCAD.
Aoife said “winning the regional heat has given me great confidence in my use of colour as an emerging textile designer.
Colour has always been extremely important to me within my work and I strive to create a palette unique and luxurious but that withstands the test of time.
I am delighted to be chosen to represent Ireland and I hope to make it third time lucky for us!”
Kathryn Elliot from Durban University of Technology will be joining us from South Africa.
Kathryn said “It came as a huge surprise winning the South African regional heat and it truly is a dream come true!
It’s a privilege and an honour to be able to represent my country and to be a part of such a creative and inspiring endeavour.
I cannot wait to revel in all the glorious things that await me in London and at the grand final SDC event.
I know that it is going to be a life-changing experience… thank you for this incredible opportunity!”
Our Portuguese finalist is Lídia Araújo from the University of Minho.
Portugal took part in the competition for the first time in 2014.
She said “This competition helps me to approach the academic life to working life, because it allows me to create an individual project to prove my skills. Participating was an enriching experience.
Winning in Portugal is an incentive to want to work harder and better.”
Thaweesak Chattuwan is the finalist from Khon Kaen University in Thailand.
The Thai heat attracted entries from over 150 students, with the final taking place at an iconic shopping centre in Bangkok.
He said “I was delighted to have won the championship in Thailand and given a chance to participate at international level.
I feel excited about the SDC International Design Competition 2015 in London because this is my first trip to Europe and I am looking forward to meeting with new friends from other nations”.
Ip Wai Ha
Our finalist from Hong Kong is Ip Wai Ha, a student at Hong Kong Design Institute. She said: “It is my pleasure to win the regional heat.
I really have to thank the teacher who helps me a lot with great advice.
I am speechless to get the opportunity to participate in the Grand Final in London”.
Mengqi Han is studying Fashion and Apparel Design at Huizhou University and is our Chinese finalist.
Last year’s grand final took place at Huizhou University.
Mengqi commented “winning the heat means a new turning point. It will encourage me to work harder”.
Sheila Dita Christina
From Singapore we will be joined by Sheila Dita Christina, a student at Nanyang Academy of Fine Art.
She said “winning the regional heat is an unexpected surprise that brings joy and fear at the same time. It is an amazing opportunity and great honour to be able to represent a country such as Singapore.
Along with the excitement, there is also a sense of responsibility that comes from carrying the name Singapore which could be scary at times.
I truly hope that I could do Singapore proud by giving my best”.
Miriam Chadwick is a student at Massey University College of Creative Arts in New Zealand.
She commented: “I am very honoured to be the recipient of such an internationally acclaimed award.
Throughout my studies I have become more aware and passionate about the need for slow consumerism and sustainability, so I am more than happy to be representing New Zealand/Australia in the Grand Final.
This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about sustainable coloration within a fashion context and further my studies and global knowledge of slow consumerism”.
Last, but by no means least, our finalist from India is Tasneem Patrawala, a student at BD Somani Institute of Art and Fashion Technology.
Tasneem said “Although the happiness and excitement is difficult to express in words, I feel humbled and thankful to SDC. I remember the time and nights spent to explore, research and develop the concept. In all these stages my teachers and batch mates have been my core supporters and well-wishers.”
We look forward to welcoming all the students to London, for our grand final event. We are also pleased to invite entries for the 2016 competition. Take a look at the brief on our website for full details.
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