Colour for our future

Paul Santokhi, Chairman and Secretary of the Northern Ireland Region of the SDC reports on a recent event

The  Northern Ireland Region of the SDC continue to work hard in the provision of important industry connections for the students of Belfast Metropolitan, University of Ulster and NCAD in Dublin. As established college members of the SDC, the annual SDC International Design Competition provides students with a platform of exposure to leading international and local fashion brands and students have constantly achieved high success rates of winners and internships.

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Nutmeg: the value of an internship

SDC member Rebecca Diggle is a Decorative Arts graduate from Nottingham Trent University. She won the UK heat of SDC’s International Design Competition in 2013, and was runner up in the grand final which took place in Mumbai, India. Below she writes about a recent internship SDC organised for her at Nutmeg, and which was supported by an SDC bursary.

On the 20th October I started a four-week internship with Nutmeg, the children’s clothing line of Wm Morrison Supermarket. This position was organised through the SDC and Nutmeg and was a wonderful opportunity for me to experience design in a commercial situation.

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Jessica McGowan – from Ulster to Turkey via an SDC award

As an educational charity, SDC supports students in a variety of ways. In Northern Ireland, every year we award a prize to the students who show the best use of colour in their final year presentations. This year Paul Santokhi (Chair of the NI region) had the pleasure of presenting the award of £100 to student Jessica McGowan. Paul was very impressed with Jessica’s work.

Jessica was on the BA (Hons) Textile Art, Design and Fashion Course at the University of Ulster and graduated with a 2:1.The judges for the SDC award selected the winner from 62 final year students. We spoke to Jessica about her work and what she’s been up to since graduating.

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