What better way to round off the patternbooth NewGraduateSeason than with a visit to the work of Kate Turton, DeMontfort University graduate and winner of the coveted BDU New Designer of the Year Award.
Kate is a fashion fabric designer with great eye for pattern and colour.
I caught up with Kate, for a few words, before she headed off for a well deserved break.
patternbooth: What does it mean to you to win this award?
kate: Winning the New Designers Award has been an incredible end to my university degree and a fantastic start to an exciting career. I have been introduced to top names in the industry and have been given some brilliant opportunities to get my name out there.
Through winning I have been given the confidence that what I create is what the design industry is looking for and that my designs are original enough to stand out.
patternbooth: What are your plans for the future?
kate: The degree I studied at university was Fashion Fabrics And Accessories, so my designs were created as a collection for fashion. However, since winning my award I have had a lot of interest in using them for interiors. So my plans for the future are to explore both aspects of the textile industry; fashion and interiors.
Over the next couple of years I will be making the most of my award by taking up every opportunity that is given to me and by being open to exploring new areas of design. I have no specific future goal at this time as I am excited to see where the opportunities and experiences will take me. Right now I am just looking forward to being able to explore and push my imagery, colour and fabric choices further.