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Derby Textiles graduate secures top role at international design event

Gabriel Roland "Gabriel was a complete self-starter in all respects – hungry to unleash new approaches, techniques and outputs." John Angus, Principal Lecturer in Design at the University of Derby

Date posted: 20 September 2017

A University of Derby graduate has been appointed as Project Manager for Austria’s largest design festival later this month.

Gabriel Roland studied BA Hons in Textiles Design and graduated in 2014 with a First Class Honours. He then continued to study MA in Fashion and Textiles and achieved a Distinction.  

In his new role, Gabriel will be coordinating the programme co-operations with external partners to establish professional relationships with companies, designers, cultural and educational institutions so that they can showcase their projects at the Vienna Design Week (September 29th – October 8th).

The Vienna Design Office is open all year round so Gabriel will constantly be preparing for the following year’s festival.

Gabriel said: “Without being aware of it, I was yearning for the workshop experience that is at the heart of the Textile Design degree at the University of Derby when I came to England. Spending days upon days with open access to the wide range of facilities was what pushed my work forward into new directions.”

Since graduating from the University of Derby in 2015, Gabriel has embarked on a career in textiles which led to a collaboration with another Austrian student, Yasmin Proksch. They set up a company in Vienna called YAGA, designing and fabricating a range of accessories, including cardholder wallets. He has also worked as a fashion columnist for the Viennese magazine, The Gap, and as contributor to the contemporary art publication, Collectors Agenda.

Gabriel added: “My lecturer, John Angus, has managed to pass on to me a very distinct urge to question the imagined limitations and prescribed methods which hamper our use of technology. I think the workshops teach you a certain autonomy in working towards your goals.”

John Angus, Principal Lecturer in Design at the University of Derby, said: “Gabriel was a complete self-starter in all respects – hungry to unleash new approaches, techniques and outputs – and ambitious not only for himself but also for the subject area in which he was investing his creativity. His skill set was vast from the outset, fed by a strong natural intelligence. As a student rep he was pro-active and democratic, showing his abilities as a very effective communicator.”

The Vienna Design Week is an annual festival that began in 2007. The event is a collaboration of more than 100 exhibitions, presentations, installations and talks that take place all over the city. Designers, businesses, museums and more are able to participate and show off their designs.

For more information about studying BA Hons in Textiles Design at the University of Derby, visit:

https://www.derby.ac.uk/fashion-and-textiles-courses/textile-design-ba-hons/

For further press information please contact Deanna Mathieson, PR Assistant at University of Derby on 01332 591978 or email D.Mathieson@derby.ac.uk

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