A YOUNG designer has been rewarded with her first exhibition after winning a prestigious art award.
Cleveland College of Art & Design (CCAD) second year textile student Joyce Quinn displayed her textile designs at Hartlepool Art Gallery after winning the Walter Parker Award to find the most talented and creative artists in the town.
Margaret Wiles, president of Hartlepool Art Club, said: “The Walter Parker award was introduced in 2006 to commemorate the valuable contribution and inspirational teaching of our late honorary life president.
“Walter was also a former head of design at Hartlepool Art College and influenced many students and members of our club. This award recognises outstanding drawing, painting and preparation work in all disciplines within the art and design curriculum.
“We first saw Joyce’s textile designs when she was a pupil at St Hild’s School in the town and they definitely stood out. Her work was very different and exciting.
“She showed great potential and it is lovely to be able to feature her designs in our annual exhibition, as well as use them on all of our promotional material for the event.
“I’m sure that Joyce has a promising future ahead of her and I look forward to following her career with interest.”
Joyce, who is studying a degree in textile design at CCAD, has also seen her work displayed before some of the world’s top fashion houses after having being selected to showcase her designs at last year’s Indigo trade fair in Paris.
The 17-year-old, of the town centre area of Hartlepool, said: “This is my first major exhibition and I was really excited.
“Being selected to show my designs in Paris was incredible but having the opportunity to exhibit in my own home town is something pretty special.
“The art club allowed me to display three of my designs, a beaded floral digital print, a magic touch cotton fabric with embellished beetles and dragonflies and a repeat leaf print heat transfer.
“I have already had a lot of good comment from people viewing my pieces and I hope that this is the first of many exhibitions to come.”
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