AVA would like to thank everyone who took the time to come and see our team exhibiting at Premiere Vision Paris last week.

The show was a great success, giving us the opportunity to see some familiar faces and meet new people. We hope you enjoyed seeing the software demonstrations and our latest developments in AVA 5.2!

If you have any questions about AVA or wish to find out more information, please contact us and a member of our team will be happy to help.




Our continued support of the i-dott charity saw one of our most recent award winners, Leila Rowarth, join us in January 2019 where she completed her AVA CST level 1 training course.

Leila was one of four award winners that we chose to take part in a week of training with us at AVA. Leila explained what this award meant to her but more importantly, how helpful the support of a charity like i-dott is:

I was thrilled to have been awarded 1st place within the Artisan category of the competition in 2018, it has given me confidence for my second year of studying. I learned so much about the digital element of creating a design and how to shape work in order to make it commercial. Through the i-Dott competition I won a week’s training on AVA software, this was a fantastic experience and the AVA team made me feel so welcome in Macclesfield. 

This competition has allowed me to network at the Gala Dinner and gave me my first opportunity to make connections with industry, specifically Westcott & Heney, where I did some work experience during summer and Fine Décor who sponsored my category. 

I would definitely recommend students entering this competition as it enables you to create industry links which are sometimes challenging to find through universities. I will definitely take part in the i-Dott competition next year as the briefs are exciting and the opportunities that come from it are extremely valuable. 

Leila went on to explain more about her experience here at AVA:

AVA was a fantastic experience awarded to me through the i-Dott competition. The training course ran by Sara was really easy to follow with the help and support of her teaching. Each student on the course received a booklet with all the information regarding the weeks training to take with us so we could all follow the step by step lesson. The AVA training has taught me so much, the main areas were: understanding and navigating the software, using different tools and filters, cleaning files, creating a repeat pattern, setting repeats at the correct sizes, colour ways and colour separation.

The software is fantastic and the support alongside the software makes it easy to use. AVA Assist is really helpful and I have used this regularly; it’s full of videos and step by step notes which helps when struggling with elements of a design.

The training is really useful and all my questions were answered. We even went more in depth into the software most days of the training as the group was eager to learn. After the training I have continued to use AVA as I was provided a copy as part of my award. I now use it at University instead of Photoshop as it is more efficient when creating colourways and separations in particular. During my last assessment at university I created my final design using AVA and will now continue to use the software.



AVA CST level 1 recent graduate – Elysha Butler

2019 kick started with a CST level one course taking place in the second week on January. A busy time for AVA as we exhibit at the annual show Heimtextil in Frankfurt, Germany but nevertheless this course was indeed a great success with 5 graduates completing their training.

We’re delighted to introduce you to one of our graduates: Elysha Butler.

“With a BA Hons degree in fashion design and a passion for print and design that extends into every part of my life, I have been able to develop a solid set of skills and processes including the development of print design from concept through to screen and digital print. In my own time, I continue to follow my love of print and pattern design through the creation of hand drawings, paintings and illustrations with the use of the Adobe creative suite which I translate into hand embroidered pieces, embellishments and print design. I have also extended my skills through the use of AVA since completing the Level 1 course in my spare time. With the combination of passion, creativity and technical skill sets I am looking to pursue my love of design within a suitable junior job role.”

Click here to view Elysha Butler – Portfolio or click here to access Elysha Butler CV

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