TWO dedicated designers have reason to celebrate after having their work recognised by one of the regions’ most prestigious organisations.
Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) contemporary textile graduate Cheryll Kung and Jayne Hewison have been selected to join Designed and Made, which is an artist-led membership network for professionals who support excellence in workmanship across the North of England.
Newcastle-based Designed and Made helps talented new designers by encouraging partnerships and initiatives that lead to new and exciting work and promoting their designs to national and international audiences.
Hartlepool designer Cheryll said: “I couldn’t believe it when I was told I had been accepted. I was really excited.
“We were over the moon that we had both become members of Designed and Made as it is so well known and something we have always dreamed of being part of – it was amazing.”
Cheryll, who specializes in screen print and hand and machine embroidery, uses influences from the urban streets of Hong Kong.
Her collection includes colourful home interiors, cushions, wall murals, chairs, wall prints and an additional range of T-shirts, peg doll packs and cards.
And while expanding her skills at college, Cheryll also found time to expand her family.
“In the middle of my second year at CCAD I was due to have my third baby,” said Cheryll.
“Even though it was hard for me to balance home life with college work, I tried my best to attend everything as there was so much for me to learn, and I really enjoyed it.
“The knowledge and skill I have gained from CCAD have been invaluable and if I hadn’t done the course I wouldn’t be where I am now.”
Fellow designer and CCAD student Jayne Hewison, of Cullercoats, Tyne and Wear, specialises in contemporary bespoke textiles and accessories, using a wide range of techniques, including freeform knit, embroidery, print, felt making, crochet and dyeing and has also won the accolade.
“I travelled four hours each day to do the course. But it was worth it as it is something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Jayne.
“Being at CCAD allowed me to develop my creative skills in ways that I didn’t know I could and to be recognised by Designed and Made is just fantastic.
“I am hoping it will give me the springboard I need to launch my own business.”
College tutor Jayne Hemmins added: “While Cheryll and Jayne’s work is dramatically different, visually it has many similarities.
“I’m absolutely delighted for both of them that they’ve been accepted by Designed and Made so soon after graduation.
“I wish them both every success in the future. They were an absolute pleasure to teach and were exceptional students.”