College students win big in jazz-themed textile-making competition

College students win big in jazz-themed textile-making competition

Current and former fashion and textiles students from Shrewsbury College have come together for an annual textile design competition, winning a whole host of accolades.

The Shrewsbury Drapers textile competition has been running since 1995 and this year, it asked residents of Shropshire to design a piece of textile work that reflected the theme of ‘All that jazz’.

Katie Blower, studying a level three diploma in fashion and textiles, took home a bronze award for her afternoon tea dress, and entries from her coursemates Jazmyn Titcombe and Lauren Rees were both highly commended.

A-level textiles students from the college also won prizes: Abby Roberts received a gold award, Emma Shakeshaft took bronze, and Aoife Holbrook and Emily Yeomans were both highly commended.

Former student Amelia Roe won the Jackie Ryan Memorial Award for her submission – an embroidered bowler (pictured), winning a two-week work placement with tweed manufacturers Tweedmill Textiles.

“We love to challenge our students with industry related, live projects and the competition really engaged them creatively and helped them to consider traditional, British materials and techniques,” said James Staniforth, principal and CEO of the Shrewsbury College Group.