October 13, 2017
AVA take great pride in being supporters of Texprint for several years now.
Earlier this year, AVA chose 5 Texprint designers to take part in the AVA Cad Specialist Training prize. Unfortunately only 3 of the winners could accept the prize, with one winner joining us in January 2018 to receive her AVA training award. Whilst training at AVA HQ in August, we interviewed the girls to see how they were getting on with learning the software and to see what benefits (if any) they thought it had given them. To read the full article and what they said please click here.
One of the key benefits of this award, apart from learning the software, how it’s used in industry and getting a 6 month free commercial licence, is for us to try and help bridge the gap between graduating and stepping into the industry. We are passionate about helping up and coming designers get their foot into the door of industry and help with networking and recruitment. This is why we felt it was important for us to support and follow up with the girls when they exhibited at Premiere Vision. We were very keen to see what they had produced with the software in the couple of weeks since training, but also to hear what they thought of their experience and to find out more about where the girls aspire to be in the future.
Sophie Pope - Falmouth University - Textile Design, specialising in Print
Sophie’s work has home furnishings stamped all over it. In fact she has stated that since exhibiting at Premiere Vision, she has learnt that she would love to work in the furnishings industry. Inspired by her natural surroundings and a love of game birds/nature, Sophie has a diverse range of skills including strong feel for composition, beautiful drawing skills and lovely sense of colour, all of which is apparent throughout her work. Many of her palettes are influenced by nature and her stunning toiles showcase Sophies perfectly. Sophie loves engaging in the whole design process from initial hand drawing sketches and painting, through to various production processes, screen printing, digital print onto wall coverings or fabrics, all the way through to the the final process of receiving a finished product, Sophie loves each process, but what really makes Sophie tick is seeing the final product, seeing her designs come to life and the end result.
Currently living in Cornwall, Sophie is a flexible candidate who is willing to relocate for a new job role. She has a particular interest in rejuvenating existing pieces of work from archives and says that since using AVA, she has realised that a there are a few studios who work with archived work. She understands that to be creative you don’t necessarily have to design and create something from scratch, you can bring new life to pre-existing designs. She’s also keen to enhance her ability to work with colour separations and sees this as something she’d like to get into a bit more!
Having visited Premiere Vision before, Sophie was excited to go back! Admittedly she was a little overwhelmed at the thought of actually exhibiting this time, but she states that “I feel more prepared after AVA. I feel like it’s helped me build so much more knowledge about design and repeats. Without AVA I couldn’t have achieved what I have” Sophie worked extremely hard after her training with us and with her new knowledge of AVA software, she created 15 pieces in preparation for PV. Go Sophie go! We cant wait to see what she produces in the future!
Click here to read Sophie’s full interview.
Nicola Rowe – Cleveland College of Art and Design – Textile and Surface design
It’s immediately apparent when you see Nicola’s work that her greatest skill is her hand drawing and painting skills. Her work is beautiful and eye catching which is understandable, given that Nicola is heavily inspired by bold, breathtaking, large wall murals. When we arrived to interview Nicola on the second day of Premiere Vision, she had already drummed up a lot of interest from the buyers. This was Nicola’s second time at PV this year, she attended the show in February with her college, but as an exhibitor this time round, she now thinks that her work is suitable for both fashion and home furnishings. Nicola said that from this whole experience, the most beneficial part has been the confidence boost that she’s gained from receiving so many compliments. She also feels more confident about the industry and it’s processes after her training with AVA and getting to grips with new skills and techniques. “It was like a lightbulb just went on! Using the AVA repeats like that has helped me understand design more. It helps me understand what people are looking for. I am also understanding separation and how to separate.”
Even though some of Nicola’s inspiration comes from fashion, she has always imagined herself working predominantly within the interiors industry and is willing to relocate should a job role become available. She’s also open to try new roles, with the dream that one day she can run her own brand, where she’d like to focus on designing bespoke wall hangings and features.
Click here to read Nicola’s full interview.
Madeleine Whally – Leeds Arts university – Printed textile Surface Pattern and Design
Maddie’s unique, quirky and identifiable style generated a lot of attention and interest at Premiere Vision from a range nationalities. This is great news for her, as she is flexible and willing to relocate for work, even if it’s abroad. In fact, because of her hard working ethic, Maddie has taken a couple of opportunities and arranged for two meetings in New York during her upcoming family break! Maddie sees that her work may be most suitable to the fashion industry, with her clash of prints and colours, she loves to create bold, maximalism pieces of work. Despite knowing what she’s most suited to, Maddie is very open minded to different opportunities and is very grounded, understanding that the industry may require her to try new roles.
With mixed emotions over her first time exhibiting at PV, Maddie is grateful for the experience and pleased with all the work she’s accumulated for her portfolio. With a huge set of already existing skills, including screen printing and digital print knowledge, a good understanding of colours, the ability to draw and sew (meaning she can add embellishments to her work for that unique 3D effect!) Maddie added that: “with AVA I’ve gained a lot of knowledge in colour separation and repeat as well.”
Maddie is eager to learn more and she is keen to work within the industry to keep developing her skills, with the long term goal of eventually doing an MA to lecture alongside her work.
Click here to read Madeline’s full interview.
From left to right: Angelica C, Nicola Rowe, Duncan Ross, Debbie Buchan, Maddie Whalley and Sophie Pope