Monday, 26 July 2010


A huge congratulations to two of our graduating students who have got through to the Texprint competition.

Sarah Claydon and Andrew Boyd had been selected amongst the 24 graduates chosen from hundreds through out the country.

Check it out here....

Friday, 9 July 2010


On behalf of the blog team we would like to wish all graduating students every success for their future careers!

If you have any successes which you wish to share do get in contact and we'll try to post about it on here. It would be a lovely way of us all keeping in touch or even collaborating in the future! Whether you are setting up your own studio, starting your own business or have got the dream job you've always wanted! do share :).

Take Care.

Laura Footman,



Outside the Business Design Centre, Islington, London.
A view of Cleveland College of Art and Design's stand.

Hello all!

As promised, here's a little post about New Designers which took place last week (Fashion and Textiles). The college has done really well this year in gathering contacts from all areas of the design industry, whether interest in a particular student or open opportunities. I feel everyone has taken something away from the experience whether a contact, some great feedback about their work, professional skills or a focus for the future.

Well done to all the participating students....

Michael Bland, Vicky Bown, Sarah Claydon, Vanessa Cooper, Lauren Grainger, Carley-Jo Hammond, Sarah Heseltine, Lindsey Murray, Ursula Neal, Julie Nichols, Ashleigh Reay, Sammy-Jo Stephenson, Laura Sturdy and Laura Footman.


Sunday, 6 June 2010

The After Show Party!!

A few pictures from the fantastic after party at the Showroom, Hartlepool. Well done to the group of students who organised it. There's plenty more photos on the facebook group...

Thank you...

I would like to say on behalf of my fellow bloggers, classmates and I...Thank you to everyone who made the opening night a huge success...

Thank you to tutors for their on going support and advice throughout the course...
Thank you to the print and embroidery technicians for all their help...
To the I.T technicians for technical help and support...
To the Library staff for help with research and dissertations...
To Malcolm for all his support with dissertation writing...
To the staff at Hartlepool Art Gallery for their help putting up the show...
To all the degree show planning groups for organising and publicising the event...
and to the volunteers that helped out with the refreshments...

The Opening Night...

The opening night was a huge success, the show looks amazing and everyone has really pulled out all the stops. The gallery was buzzing with people giving a really exciting atmosphere to be in. Don't forget that the show is open until the 13th June, so if you haven't had the time to pop in, come and have a look around!There will be a number of students looking after the show if you have any questions about the work feel free to ask one of them.

Here's a few pictures from the last day of putting up the show and the opening of the show that night. Enjoy...

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Up, up and away!

Today has been extra busy as it has been the first day of setting up the show in Hartlepool Art Gallery. Everyone has been allocated their exhibition space and finishing touches have been made to the exhibition boards to make sure they look really slick.
Tomorrow will be our final day of preparations where we will be making final decisions on the placements of our work and how to hang and display it, whether final samples or drawings.

We are all getting very excited now for the opening night of the show on Thursday.

Thank you to everyone who has shown their support through reading this blog, joining the facebook group (if you haven't yet here it is...!/group.php?gid=324892350978&ref=ts), friends and family who are coming for the opening night and everyone who stops by to have a look in the next few weeks (open to the public until the 13th June).

We will be posting pictures from the night on this blog later next week, so keep your eyes peeled!

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Jack of all Trades, Master of Many!

Hello there!

Yes, all has been a bit quiet on the radar recently as the major project was handed in on 10th May and everyone has been extremely busy. well done to everyone :). We can now take a very quick breather, although preparations for the degree show are getting into full swing.

This week we all have truly shown that we are jacks of all trades by chipping in with the sanding, filling and painting of all the exhibition boards that will be needed for the degree show! (which is quite a lot!)

Final decisions are being made about the opening night and after show party including the food and drink and an awards-style ceremony. Sounds great! :).

Lots to look forward to indeed and we will keep you posted as things progress. See you soon!


Friday, 14 May 2010

New Designers

Apologies for the lack of communication over the past few weeks but we have all been mega busy finishing our final major projects and now we are onto preparing for the degree show on June 3rd.

Just a quick post to say congratulations to the 14 students who have been chosen to take part in this years New Designers in Londons Business Design Centre.

Well done to:

Michael Bland

Vicky Bown

Sarah Claydon

Vanessa Cooper

Lauren Grainger

Carley-Jo Hammond

Sarah Heseltine

Lindsey Murray

Ursula Neal

Julie Nichols

Ashleigh Reay

Sammy-Jo Stephenson

Laura Sturdy

and of course our own blogger Laura Footman.

I'm sure it'll be an amazing experience for all the students involved and hopefully we can get Laura to post a little something about it when she gets back.

Saturday, 8 May 2010

By request!

Those of you who have been in college this week will understand how stressed third year have been, scurrying about in a panic trying to get all the bits and pieces finished for our swiftly approaching deadline on monday!

Our tutor Claire forwarded me this image to post on the blog for a bit of light relief - our own Sammy Jo Stephenson fresh from the exposure room and showered by the jetwash!

Hopefully Sammy won't mind us posting this picture too much and if you visit her blog here you will see that her sorry state was well worth it when you see her beautiful pieces modelled by fellow student Lindsey Murray. Bring on Monday!

Tuesday, 20 April 2010


Specialism: Printed and Embellished Surface Design
Vivienne Westwood
Anna Sui
Georgina von Etzdorf
Dream Job/ Career Aspirations:
Tracey would love to design for fashion and interiors freelance, carry on blogging and in the future bring everything she has learned together to teach textiles.
Final Major Project:
At the moment Tracey is hugely inspired by everything folklore, from colour, shape and objects. She started drawings using different techniques and by bringing the drawings together she is hoping to produce a range of printed lengths using a series of different printing techniques.

Friday, 16 April 2010

Easter Hol Competition

So it's nearing the end of our easter 'break' im sure all of us have been working our socks off dreading the deadline for:

1. Our Professional studies work - 22nd April
2. Our whole degree - 10th May

So to cheer you up i thought i'd link to a competition of mine over on The competition is to win one of my embroidered hairbands inspired by the spring trend of nudes and pastel shades. To enter all you have to do is go to the blog and enter a comment. The winner will be picked at random. Even if it isn't your style it would make a lovely present. You have until Tuesday.... GO!!!

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

STUDENT PROFILE: Kirsty Johnstone

Specialism: Surface Design for Interior Wallpaper


Hennie Haworth,
Linn Olofsdotter,
Matthew Williamson,
New York
Day to day life.

Dream Job/ Career Aspirations: Kirsty's dream job would be to teach textiles as well as to be a free lance wallpaper designer.

Final Major Project: Kirsty is currently working on her final major project designing A1 wallpaper samples, she will also screen print a number of wallpaper lengths. Her work is a mixture of hand painted/ screen printed samples with a bright bold colour pallet. Her theme is New York, mixing the busy life of Times Square with pattern and people and has taken great inspiration from artists such as Hennie Haworth.

Contact Details:


Happy Easter!

As its the Easter holidays we all have 2 weeks off, as well as eating chocolate until were sick we should also be completing the personal promotional folio which has to be handed in 2 weeks tomorrow. Making documents such as CV's, business cards and invoices they will l all be decorated in an individual way. At the same time completing work in the development book and getting ready to print the last few fabrics in the 3 weeks we have left.
So I hope everyone is working hard and keeping up to date with the huge amount of paper work there is to do.

Monday, 29 March 2010

STUDENT PROFILE: Lauren Grainger

Specialism: Card & Gift

Inspirations: Lauren finds most of her inspiration from magazines such as: Elle Decoration, The World of interiors, Textile Forum and Living and is influenced by Cox & Cox, Maileg, Cath Kidson, Habitat and Five Dollar Shake.

Dream Job/Career Aspirations: Lauren hopes to get a job designing for a card company or to have her own business producing intricate, unique cards and stylish decorations to compliment the home.

Final Major Project: Lauren's concept for the Final Major project is based around beautiful objects including architectural detail, floral’s, jewels and crowns. She has taken pattern and texture from these objects and using a rich, luxurious colour palette, aims to create a collection of innovative gift ware.
Her aim is to produce a collection which is based around the winter and Christmas time of the year; however the collection could also be multi seasonal. Lauren will be using a variety of methods including, print, cut work, hand painted images and use a variety of papers and textures and the final collection will include intricate cards alongside decorative objects to compliment the home.

Saturday, 27 March 2010


Just a quick reminder to those students who have not yet ordered their Photobooks for professional studies. Orders can take up to ten days so make sure you're not caught short!

I ordered mine yesterday from Kodak it was extremely easy to use and there is currently an offer on for customers placing their first orders with them of a 50% discount (not including postage).

Another offer I am aware of is snapfish they have 50% off selected photobooks as an easter treat.

If those sites don't fit the bill these could also be useful:

If you are stuck for inspiration a few of the photos I included are shown here on my blog.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

In the laboratory....

The pictures above show some of CCAD's facilities including the print rooms and dye lab, this is where pastes are mixed for printing and dyeing all of our fabrics. Once used to show how everything works they are interesting and creative places to work.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010


A huge Thank you to all of the companies who have offered Sponsorship to the Level 3 Students, this is a great opportunity for all students. Some of the companies have details of the students and previous examples of their work on their websites which is an incredible opportunity for students to get their names on the World Wide Web!

Well done to the students who have been awarded this Sponsorship as well, its their hard work that has earned them this fantastic reward!

Madeira -
Kelly Thackray
Sammy-Jo Stephenson
Julie Nichols

Embroiders Guild - York Division -
Laura Footman

Graham & Brown -
Heather Bareham

Coats Crafts -
Sarah Brown
Lauren Crawford
Amii Briggs
Kirsty Hurne

STUDENT PROFILE: Heather Bareham

Surface Design for Interiors-specialising in wallpaper

Tracy Kendall
Rob Ryan
Tord Boontje
Timorous Beasties
Bridget Riley
Eley Kishimoto

Dream Job/Career Aspirations:

Heather would love to work in a studio for an Interior Design Company; however Heather’s dream would be to have her own successful bespoke wallpaper business.

Final Major Project:
At the moment Heather’s work is inspired by decorative ceramics, tiles and mosaics. Heather is designing a mixture of traditional and commercial repeats as well as bespoke and interactive wallpapers. Heather’s final collection will combine a mixture of techniques including screen print, 3D paper work, cut-out work with the introduction of stitch.



Vivienne Westwood
Belle Sauvage
Alexander McQueen
Holly Fulton

Dream Job/Career Aspirations:
In the future Amii hopes to create her own fashion label which she would sell via her business. Amii hopes to create bespoke fashion garments and accessories for the top end of the fashion market. As well as owning her own fashion label Amii also hopes to take part in commission based work for clients.

Final Major Project:
'Jungle in the City' is the title of Amii's project. She has been inspired by mixing bright jungle florals with iconic structures, both in the city and in her local area. Amii intends to create hand printed and embellished lengths.


Equine Design

Laura is inspired buy her love of everything Equestrian!
Bowes Museum
Gina Lely
Rebecca Shreeves
Sarah Coleman
Julia Midgley
Priscilla Jones

Dream Job/Career Aspirations:
One day Laura hopes to become a designer maker specialising in the Equestrain market.

Final Major Project:
Laura is exploring print and embroidery in order to produce a collection of designs and products based on the title 'Boutique Equine'. Laura would like to develop unique pieces for the equestrain market which focus on quality and practicality.