Where did you study and what was the course title
Loughborough University, Textiles: Innovation and Design BA(Hons).
Kerri Akiwowo and Kit Neale
How did you feel about winning a Colour in Design Award – what does it mean to you?
This is such an exciting award to win and I feel very honoured. It has given me confidence in my designs going forward and I’m just so thrilled to be mentioned alongside so many talented emerging designers. I want to use this opportunity to motivate me to push my work further.
What inspires your creative process?
Like so many creatives I am inspired by nature, it’s constantly changing and you can always see new colours and forms. I particularly love looking in detail at plants, the closer you look the more textured and surreal the world appears. I also love visiting exhibitions and seeing art and design in real life, this is something I have missed so much the past year. Engaging with the creations of other artists helps me notice my potential and see what is possible.
What do you want to do next?
I am starting a Textiles MA at the Royal College of Art this autumn. Here I will develop my practice and refine my processes with the ambition of eventually starting up my own design studio and collaborating with other artists, designers and architects.
Creative high point?
Designing a mural for a building development in Loughborough Town Centre. Being able to give back to the community where I have been able to grow creatively was such a privilege and the process of designing a large-scale art work was new and incredibly exciting. This project opened me up to what becomes possible with collaboration.
Creative low point?
We were given a project brief in my second year at University that was entirely monochrome. I initially found it incredibly hard to gain inspiration and merge my style with this brief given that colour is usually an essential part of my designs. Eventually I worked through it and this has taught me to be flexible with my design process and I realise that no problem is unsolvable.
Is there one person during your studies/life who has really made a difference to you?
It is hard to mention just one person but perhaps the most encouraging and inspiring people are the Multi-Media girls on my course. We constantly push each other and bounce ideas off one another. We continued to do this throughout our final year when access to our studios was made difficult, I can’t thank my friends enough.
What is your favourite colour?
This definitely changes and is dependent on so much but I’ve always loved Turquoise. It has all the serene qualities of blue but with the added warmth of yellow.