Why Hartlepool is a hit in Belgium

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Europe was calling for a Hartlepool college which got a chance to take part in a prestigious exhibition in Brussels.

Delegates from Cleveland College of Art & Design (CCAD) town campus were invited to the international trade textile show Indigo Brussels Home Edition.

Rosie and Lianne were each able to showcase a fantastic new collection of wallpaper and fabric designs that they created just for the show, and which generated a lot of attention from designers, suppliers and textile companies

Victoria Graham

It opens its doors to emerging talent and only the best and strongest institutions are invited to join.

Two CCAD graduate textile designers – Lianne Cooley, 22, and Rosie Hutchinson, 21 – created a new collection and showcased their work.

They were at the exhibition with CCAD technician demonstrator Victoria Graham.

Lianne and Rosie graduated this summer with degrees in textiles and surface design, and are now carving their careers as freelance designers.

The event proved a perfect launch pad.

Victoria said: “Rosie and Lianne were each able to showcase a fantastic new collection of wallpaper and fabric designs that they created just for the show, and generated a lot of attention from designers, suppliers and textile companies.

“As a result, two companies from Liverpool and Scotland have expressed interest in their work and will be making contact in the near future.

“As well as the chance to sell designs, it is the opportunity to build up contacts within the industry, as well as promoting the college and the textiles courses.

“Also, our students and graduates love the trade fair and the experience, as they have the chance to work on the stand and learn new skills.

“They are involved in the organisation of the trade fair stand, booking arrangements and liaising with suppliers, which builds confidence and gives them a good idea of how it all works.”