i-dott Charity Wallcoverings Dinner

I was in Manchester for the i-dott Charity Wallcoverings Dinner last week. My week which was full of inspiring client meetings, dinners, talks and pattern inspiration. It is weeks like this that remind you just how lucky you are to be working in an industry that you love.

The dinner is a celebration of surface design and wallcoverings – a charity set up to inspire designers of tomorrow today. I was very kindly invited by AVA who’s software we use in our design studio. The room was full of people who work in the wallcoverings industry both designers and manufacturers. It was a wonderful event to meet with friends we have worked with for years and meet so many new people as well.

The annual competition offers surface design students the opportunity to have their work assessed and critiqued by design experts. This year there were 197 entries. All the shortlisted entries are then available to buy through i-dott.

The nominations are the next designers to watch out for when they graduate – The overall winner for the IGI Prize of 2016 was Jessica Fox of Leeds College Of Art.

The Awards

‘Rio Olympics’ was Sponsored by Graham & Brown.
1st place Gemma Paterson
2nd Place Bethany Slater
3rd Place Ellie Green
All from Leeds College of Art

‘Whimsical’ was sponsored by Ugepa and Muriva.
1st Place Sophie Shaw Leeds College of Art
2nd Place Bethany Jones De Montfort University.
3rd Place Natasha Murray Leeds College of Art

‘Old Masters’ was sponsored by CWV wallcoverings
1st Place Jessica Fox Leeds College of Art
2nd Place Amy Foster Nottingham Trent
3rd Place Petra Schneider Kunstuniversitat Linz

‘Anything Goes’ was sponsored by Holden Decor Ltd
1st Place Nikkita Palmer Nottingham Trent
2nd Place Daisy Jenkins UWTSD
3rd Place Daisey Jenkins UWTSD

As well as sponsors Glatfelter Beyond Paper, The Global Wallcoverings Association IGI and Speciality Coatings Ltd SCL.

Participating Univercities & Colleges 2016: De Montfort University, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Kunstyniversitat Linz Austria, Leeds College Of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, Nottingham Trent University, Plymouth College of Art, University of Bolton, University of Wales Trinity St. David.

Revolutionary Textiles Exhibition.

The Whitworth Gallery is a wonderful venue and I can’t wait to return to explore more next time I am in Manchester. There was a stunning exhibition we passed on the way into the dinner called ‘Revolutionary Textiles 1910-1939’ which is on until the 29th January 2017.

The textile works in the main photograph featured is in the current Revolutionary Textiles exhibition. They are created by the following designers (clockwise from left):

Nancy Nicholson (1899-1977) – Patchwork (c.1930). Lino block printed cotton jacket. Purchased with funds from V & A Purchase Grant Fund from Ingleby Gallery.

Ben Nicholson (1894-1982) – Number (1933). Lino block-printed cotton damask. Presented by Mrs Louisa Creed in 2005.

E Q Nicholson (1908-92) – Sketchbook of textile designs (c.1930s). Purchased with funds from V&A Purchase Grant Fund from Ingleby Gallery in 1999.

Ben Nicholson is one of my favourite painters and I would love to see more of his textiles.

Best sellers of the week at Natasha Marshall

Love seeing which are the favourite designs and colours each week: last weeks it was Wallpaper – Tandem plain Feather Grey. Most sampled fabric – Flip Nightshade & Most popular fabric – Plectrum Sea Fog.


Have a great week ahead.
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