Thousands expected to enjoy Cleveland College of Art & Design show

Final year student Glenn Todd is looking forward to the show.

Final year student Glenn Todd is looking forward to the show.

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The cream of young artists and designers will be putting their talents on show.

And it will all happen at a degree show at Cleveland College of Art & Design’s university campus in Hartlepool starting this week.

As part of the course, I loved that I have been constantly encouraged to explore my creativity in order to create a more refined and innovative final collection, as well as being able to mix hand and digital applications such as screen printing and hand embroidery to create contrasts within my designs

Glenn Todd, final year student on the Textiles & Surface Design degree

Students will exhibit their works from 12 degree courses including fashion, fine art, illustration and creative film. First, there will be a private viewing on Thursday followed by a nine-day exhibition.

Thousands of visitors expected to see the exhibition and students are putting the final touches to their work.

Glenn Todd, 22, is a final year student on the Textiles & Surface Design degree. Specialising in interior surface design, his final major project has culminated in a collection of fabric prints intended for room accents such as throws, cushion covers and curtains or hangings.

He said: “Both my family and close friends will be visiting the show and I’m excited to show them how all my hard work has finally paid off.

“As part of the course, I loved that I have been constantly encouraged to explore my creativity in order to create a more refined and innovative final collection, as well as being able to mix hand and digital applications such as screen printing and hand embroidery to create contrasts within my designs.”

Earlier this year, Glenn won an interior design competition, which saw his wallpaper design go into production and sold online.

Fellow Textiles & Surface Design student Sophie Hodgson, 20, has produced a collection of young children’s dresses as part of her final show.

She said: “The build-up to the show is quite stressful but exciting. Within the textiles department there has been so much preparation, but we are almost ready.

“I really have enjoyed being able to choose what I want to do on this course. You can choose a subject and explore it as much as you like, and there is no limit on what you can do.”

Vicky Wake, programme leader for the BA (Hons) Fashion degree, said: “The BA (Hons) Fashion programme philosophy is to encourage creative approaches to the development of contemporary and original fashion solutions.”