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The New Design Britain Awards is an established competition for new design talent. The judges have just announced the finalists in each of the four categories. One of these categories is 'Fabrics', and I'm delighted that I have been selected to go through to the final stage which will be judged at the trade show Interiors UK in January 2014.
My collection, Cool Heat, which will be shown there, takes its colour palette from the baked earth and cool water of the Mediterranean. Using fluid hand-worked graphics, the designs come directly from the heritage of Southern Italy - its buildings, ancient artefacts and ceramics. Some of my artwork can be seen here, but designs are much simplified and hopefully bridge the gap between geometric and organic patterning.
The judges are buyers Diane Goode (Fromental) and Anna Rigby (John Lewis), the director of Rubelli, Vivienne Griffin, photographer Barbara Chandler and Dids Macdonald (CEO of Anti Copying in Design). They are looking for new and innovative work for interiors.
Whilst clearly it would be fabulous to win this award, I am delighted that my work will gain exposure within the interiors market by being exhibited at the N.E.C. alongside established textiles companies.