Hat trick for NCAD at the Irish heat

The iconic Harry Clarke House NCAD Dublin was the fitting venue for the judging of the 2015 heat of the SDC International Design Competition. Students from across Ireland competed for a place in the global grand final.

Huge congratulations go to the winner Aoife Mullane, a Textile and Surface Design student from NCAD who swept through the heat to take first place with her stunning design ‘The Nest Collection’. This is NCAD’s third win of the Irish heat in a row.

The judges look at the entries

The judges look at the entries

Industry experts Judith Neilly, Development and Design Manager, Fergusons Irish Linen /Franklins International and Berni Raeside, Textile Designer and founder of Detta Textiles were invited to judge this year’s entries. They awarded Aoife first prize for her “organic inspired design linked to the environment, use of materials to enhance life and sense of well-being through colour. Her range of design and prints onto textures using a wide range of techniques and use of space takes her design to the next level.”

Congratulations also to the two runners up: Martina Skyttberg, also of NCAD, for her design ‘Frostviken’ which demonstrated “affinity and relationship to the palette based on the sky, sunset and sunrise”. The other runner up wasTimothy Mullin of Galway Mayo Institute of Technology with his “beautiful, theatrical design – Poseidon’s Inter-Dimension…one to watch!”

A commendation went to Terri McStraw of Ulster University for her design ‘Fior’, which showed “classic organic colours and muted shades based on colours from the land genuinely connecting outdoors to indoors”.

The day began with ‘Colour and Context’ guest presentations by four designers:

Jaki Coffey explained how colour was central to the bright statement jewellery and pieces created for her MFA.

Textile designer Olga Tiernan talked about her architectural and colour inspiration in the production of her collection ‘Print Block Makes Studio.’

Jennifer Rothwell – an award winning Dublin based fashion designer – gave an insight into her relationship with colour, her Harry Clarke Collection and the differences between domestic and overseas commercial printing.

Finally, Rachel Tuffy from NCAD gave a presentation about the techniques and challenges of fabric dyeing and printing in Nepal.

Aoife with the judges, Derek McKelvey and Paul Santokhi

Aoife with the judges, Derek McKelvey and Paul Santokhi

The event was attended by SDC’s President Derek McKelvey, who presented the prizes and commented: “Ireland has a long and world leading design heritage, and from the current standard of work by the students continues to grow in strength… The day was very professionally organised and for me it was a real pleasure to have been part of it. The standard of designs and the student’s use of colour was truly inspiring. The industry needs to get closer to the new designers, they are after all a major part in the future of our textile and fashion industry”.

Paul Santokhi, Chair of SDC’s Ireland Region commented: “Another stunning contribution from the students from the three colleges. A great thank you to the tutors – Alison Gault and Trish Belford from University of Ulster, Rachel Tuffy from NCAD and Peter Conroy from Galway Mayo. We have a very worthy winner indeed in Aoife. Here’s to a hat trick of winners from the Ireland region in the final in London later this year”.

Many thanks to Rachel Tuffy and Andrew Campbell and NCAD for hosting an excellent day, Paul Santokhi for organising the day, and to all those who participated.

A number of the 2015 International Design Competition heats have still to take place, please check the website for details. The grand final will take place in London in November, attended by the finalists from all 12 participating countries.

The brief for the 2016 competition will be available shortly. The theme for 2016 has already been announced, and is ‘Making it Personal’.

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