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Textile Design student wins international design competition

"Katie is very deserving of her success and is clearly going to be a fantastic future designer.” Camilla Clayfield, Lecturer in Textile Design

Date posted: 20 October 2017

A University of Derby student has won the Kimono Fabric Design Competition 2017 and will have her work put on display in Japan, France and Germany.

Katie Gilbert, a final year Textile Design student, was asked to design an illustration that could be reproduced using the Yuzen technique, a traditional method of dyeing cloth.

The design she created reflects a combination of both traditional and modern Japan. The kimono is a very traditional piece of clothing in Japan, therefore she decided to use the country as her inspiration.

The competition is sponsored by the Japan Textile Dyeing Joint Association and they use this opportunity to engage with new talent, allowing applicants to express their creativity. The winner’s design is displayed in the exhibitions, as well as having Japan expert craftsmen dye the design onto a silk kimono that will also be on display. 

Katie said: “I believe that the University has given me the skills and confidence to utilise and develop my designing skills, which has allowed me to progress so well in the competitions I have entered. I feel that my work has excelled enormously since I started studying at Derby and I would like to thank my lecturers for helping me progress this far.”

Camilla Clayfield, Lecturer in Textile Design at the University of Derby, added: “Katie is a hardworking and talented student and we are delighted that she has been a winner in this international competition. She is very deserving of her success and is clearly going to be a fantastic future designer.”

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