That Awesome Design Association has been set up by students Chloe Tuck and Kate Saunders from Loughborough University. Chloe won the Gifted Competition, cracker brief in 2012 and after her third year on industry placement she has set up a new society at her university. The idea is to build links with industry by setting up inspiring talks, running workshops, working on live briefs and secure funding and sponsorship for projects.
It's great to see students wanting to get more out of their degree courses and as we all know building connections and networking can open all kinds of doors in the future.
If you have set up a similar sort of collaboration we'd love to hear from you, email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s World Book Day
today and everyone in the studio has been sharing their favourite books on the
editorial inspiration board.
It’s not something
that usually crops up in conversation in the studio, so it’s good to have a
reason to ask people what their favourite book is! It really got people talking
as it’s such an eclectic mix, I think our 2013 reading lists are full up
“I read this book
exactly a year ago. It was like nothing I’d ever read before. The protagonist was so matter-of-fact when recalling their childhood, I found it
fascinating that an author could write in first person for such a
psychologically challenging character. I admire anyone who can write about
controversial topics in such an honest way. I could read this book again and
“It was really
surreal and amazingly written, with such vibrant and complex characters. The
world-building was incredible and the amount of detail and depth in the story
was unlike anything else I've read. It's a book you get absolutely lost in.”
"I picked The Island up for a holiday read and I loved it! I really liked the history within the book and the writer, Victoria Hislop, made you feel like you were there on the island watching the story unfold. A beautiful book and I've really enjoyed her other books too.
Pies and Prejudice makes me chuckle, being from "up-north" I found it fascinating reading about the cultural differences and realising how accurate they are. "
"A friend recommended this to me and I've read it four times since. It's based in future Manchester and has some strange language in it - akin to Clockwork Orange. It's brilliantly innovative and highly entertaining."
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Emma wood attended our very first Tigerprint Open Day back in September and consequently joined us for a two week placement in our Bradford Design Studio. You can find out more about Emma and her work in the interview below.
1. What inspires you to create the work you do?
I love textiles, so textures and fabrics are
something I love working with. I love colour and dyeing fabrics, so in my final
year degree work I took a lot of my inspiration from space imagery and the
night sky. I also love designing for children, I think you can be a bit more
playful when your work has a younger target market!
2. What is your usual creative process? Where do you start and what mediums
do you use?
I like photography (though
I'm not very good at it!) I usually start working from pictures I've taken or
photos I've found that inspire me, and I mainly look at colours first. I
enjoy dyeing fabrics, stitching and printing. So I like to get a bit messy!
3. In three words- how would you describe your work?
loads of fun!
4. What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy baking, now that I'm back living with
my mum I get to do it more often and make a mess in her nice kitchen! We've
already prepared the mince pies in advance for Christmas this year!
6. What three things would you want to have with you on a desert island?
my phone, my very handy swiss army
tool and a book.
8. What book are you currently reading?
I'm reading Lord of the Rings at the moment.
I'm just about to finish the first book of the trilogy. It was read to me
when I was younger so now I wanted to read it for myself. I love the films too;
I'm really looking forward to The Hobbit!
9. Do you ever get ‘designers block’? If so, how do you combat it?
I dig out some pattern or design books. Print
& Pattern 1&2 are always good ones to get me back on track. Magazines
are great too, I bought a Christmas magazine this year and I have tons of ideas
now for making gifts for people and decorations!
10. Who is your favourite designer/artist?
I have a few favourites, I find it too hard to
pick! I love Tara McPherson's illustrations, I met her once and she signed my
book. I was really chuffed! I also love Gil Elgren's pin up paintings- they are
11. Finally, do you have anything you'd like to share- links to your blog,
Its World Book Day today so Vic & myself thought we'd share our favoruite (non-kids) books with you. Vic's is the classic "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte and I love the holiday read "The Island" by Victoria Hislop. World Book Day is a great opportunity for people from across the globe to celebrate amazing books, authors & illustrators. The event is a brilliant campaign to get kids reading and will hopefully rekindle adults love of books. I think a good book can spark our imagination, make us laugh out loud or allow us to get lost for a few hours. Have a look at the WBD website for some great ideas & events. We'd love to hear what your favourite book is.