Introducing Holly Jones, an AVA award winner

Once again The University of Bolton impressed us at their Creative Show Preview Evening.  We joined the excited students, along with proud friends, family and esteemed industry guests from across the design disciplines, to view an impressive exhibition of talent on display from the final year students and their journeys through education.

Along with local businesses, we explored the stunning work from Textile and Surface Design students. The graduates did not disappoint with their vast display of skill and ability on show. It was evident that each student had a very unique and strong style and their work stood alone independently.

Yet again it was a tough task to narrow down just one award winner to receive the AVA Training Award. However, after quite a bit of time looking through all the students beautiful displays and portfolios, we identified Holly Jones as our winner! Her sensitive use of colour, strong drawing skills and strong sense of pattern caught our eye and we could instantly see huge potential with Holly’s work. Holly is a good all rounder, she has a broad range of techniques and skills involved in her workflow from start to finish, placing great attention to detail on the finer things, creating beautiful pieces with gorgeous palettes for the interior markets.

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Holly_deb Right: Debbie Buchan (AVA Customers Services Director), Left Holly Jones (AVA Award winner)

Thank you to The University of Bolton for inviting us to attend the private view, it is a pleasure to help support the university and its graduates and we hope to continue this initiative for many years to come – helping bridge gap between education and industry is a passion for us and long may it continue.

To view more images of Holly’s work, please follow this link.

We asked Holly to explain more to us about her final collection and the inspirations for this:

When creating my work, I am inspired by my surroundings, usually focusing on the nature that I can find. My work evolves from drawings and paintings to a variety of interior led products such as; lampshades, wallpapers, ceramics, cushions, wall pieces, etc. I enjoy experimenting with a variety of techniques and processes which I then combine. Some of these processes are; digital printing, machine embroidery, hand embroidery, needle bonding, beading, etc.

Flora and Fauna is a collection of surface pattern and product designs for the interior market which has been inspired by nature. A love of colour, painting and textile techniques has driven this project. I have produced a collection of designs that celebrate the beauty and aesthetic detail of bees, flies, butterflies, beetles and other various insects in response to a desire to change peoples perceptions. As a designer I enjoy combining traditional and contemporary approaches towards designing and creating my work.

I feel honoured and privileged to have received the AVA training award. I am really looking forward to learning new ways to develop my designs through the training and software.

Holly joined us for her training in August. We managed to catch up with Holly to find out how she got on, click here to read the full interview and to see more examples of Holly’s work as well as her CV.

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