Annette Weaves Her Way To Success

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Date posted: 12 February 2014

A fashion and textiles student at the University of Derby has landed a prestigious £2,000 scholarship from the Worshipful Company of Weavers.

Annette Bates, 48, originally from Tamworth but now of Derby, was recognised by the Company after a successful submission about her interest in weave and also about ambitions for her future career.

Derby is one of only six UK universities to be endorsed by the Worshipful Company of Weavers, who were so impressed with the quality of education at the University that they invited it to join the organisation in 2011.

Every year, Derby nominates up to three of its students for scholarships. Naturally, Annette, who has owned a tattoo studio in Tamworth called Nala for the past 17 years, is delighted with her impressive achievement.

She said: "I am absolutely over the moon and this shows I definitely did the right thing in studying this course. I wanted another creative outlet and textiles really appealed to me, so much so it has become a passion.

"I named the tattoo studio after my late dad, Alan, who was always a big dreamer and when he passed on I really wanted to push myself and dream big myself. So, gaining this scholarship has helped me to achieve that.

"The tutoring and support I have had from the University of Derby has been second to none and my tutor, Jackie Williamson, has really gone above and beyond.

"I am now really looking forward to going to London next week to pick up the award - it is going to be a great opportunity to network with people in the textiles industry."

Annette will be presented with her award on February 18 at the Company's annual ceremony and will display her work at the Saddlers Hall, London.

Meanwhile, the fashion and textiles courses at the University of Derby have been handed a welcome cash boost to the tune of £10,466.

The programme was awarded the Support for Education grant after a successful round of bidding and will be spent on a new electronic loom and yarn for final year woven textiles students.

Professor Chris White, Head of School of Art and Design, said: "My sincere congratulations go to Annette on her excellent achievement. It is also fabulous news to have achieved a Support for Education grant which will further enhance our textiles offer here at the University of Derby."

Five University of Derby students have progressed into assisted graduate placements since the Worshipful Company of Weavers' award scheme began and graduates are in key design positions with the likes of Stephen and David Walters, Johnstons of Elgin, Heritage Trimmings and International Trimmings.

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