AVA Supports i-dott

AVA continue to be a strong supporter of the i-dott charity and with Debbie Buchan, AVA’s Customer Services Director on the board of trustees we continue to have very close links. The charity’s beliefs sit very close to Debbie’s personal thoughts and many AVA initiatives with regards to industry, education and bridging the gap between academia and industry. Helping to build bridges between young and emerging designers, and the wallpaper and textile industries is a passion.

Debbie comments: ‘Each year we are receiving more and more entries and I am pleased to say that the standard gets higher and higher each year, as does the volume of work submitted! I love to see the creative thought and how the designers interpret and visualise each category brief. The work now being presented demonstrates a far better understanding of repeat, colour and of the brief. A few years ago the charity introduced a new simplified competition focussing on a student’s ability to fulfil a design brief and follow a technical specification -in short -to design for the ‘world of work’ and work to a live brief. I really think this has helped designers focus on what is needed to use their skills and talents to design for the surface pattern industry for manufacturing textiles & wallcoverings.
The charity is very keen to educate everyone that i-dott are not just a wall coverings, but a surface pattern charity. Historically we have been heavily supported by the wall coverings industry, and many briefs were directly linked to this area, so I can understand why people will think this, but it the board of trustees aim to change this perception and include more briefs from across the industry and get more textile companies involved and supporting us.’

This year AVA are increasing our support and are awarding each of the four category winners ‘The AVA-i-dott Training Award’. This prize consists of a place on our specially designed AVA CAD Specialist training course in January 2019. Our winners will be announced very soon, so please keep an eye on our news section for more info about our award winners and a sneaky peak at their work.

Each year the AVA team attend i-dott’s annual gala dinner where industry meet the winning designers from each category. Support for i-dott comes from leading design and manufacturing companies and professionals from across the creative industries. The gala dinner helps emerging designers engage with trade buyers, designers and manufacturers.

This year the prestigious gala dinner is being held at the Monastery in Manchester, on 3rd October. Sadly the charity have outgrown the Whitworth Art Gallery which has been the venue of choice for the past 3 years.

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Here are few more facts of interest about the charity and how it has grown over the past few years:

The team at i-dott works with industry to create and deliver competitions, bursaries, and conferences aimed at building links between colleges, their design students, and professionals working in the creative industry. Designed to sit within the curriculum – or as special projects – and continually evolving in line with the needs of academic institutions across the UK and beyond, i-dott’s work inspires individuality and experimentation, and provides invaluable opportunities for students to strengthen their personal and professional development. The competition creates fabulous opportunities for students to design their own surface patterns and, if selected, see them displayed at the gala dinner.

The highlight of the year is the Annual Competitionnow in its 5th year. Originally aimed at 2nd year Surface Design undergraduates, it now attracts entrants from students studying textiles and fine art from colleges and universities across the UK and Europe and is open to all designers.

In its third successive year of growth there has been a 36% increase in the number of designs submitted. This year i-dott received a record 321 entries from 158 students from 18 colleges and universities across the UK and continental Europe. First round judging by industry professionals shortlisted 166 designs over the 4 categories. This year’s competition launches on 1st September and is open to all designers. Please click here for more information.

Hot news off the press for educational institutions: This year i-dott will be re-introducing the i-dott Academia Prize!

Dates of interest for your diaries:

  • 2019 Competition launches- September 2018, closing date 31st March 2019
  • Gala dinner- 3rd October 2018 at The Monastery, Manchester.
  • Spring conference- March 2019
  • Bursary submission dates tba

You can support i-dott in several different ways; by becoming a member, sponsoring an award, and/or by attending the gala dinner and awards ceremony in Manchester in October. If you are interested in supporting or finding out more information about i-dott please click here or contact info@i-dott.org.

We hope to see you at the gala dinner on 3rd October, where category award winners will be presented their prizes by internationally recognised Designer, Neisha Crossland - Can’t wait!

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