Friday, August 6, 2010

SDC design competition finalists for 2010

"With awareness and understanding comes responsibility"

The finalists in this year’s SDC design competition, sponsored by Clariant, have once again impressed the judges with their awareness of the issues facing the textile coloration industry in terms of social responsibility (as summarised in the above quote from the Australian finalist). As outlined previously, the brief this year asked for the students to demonstrate socially-responsible thinking in their approach to their designs, as well as having colour as a main focus. Heats for the 2010 competition have been held around the world and the many expert judges have cogitated over which collection was deemed to be the most innovative and creative of all the entries, showing the student’s understanding of social responsibility and the issues which surround the fashion and textiles industry today.

The nine country finalists were recently announced and all will now go on to compete for the SDC Colour Design Award 2010 at the grand final in London this October.

Australia: Anna Langdon (Sydney Institute)
China: Shihao Bai (Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts)
Hong Kong: Kwok Wai Liu (Hong Kong Design Institute)
Ireland: Sinead Geraghty (National College of Art & Design)
India: Swaroopa Adusumilli (College of Home Science)
Pakistan: Mariam Mobeen Shah (Iqra University Islamabad)
Singapore: Meng Jing (Lasalle College of the Arts)
South Africa: Laduma Ngxokolo (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)
UK: Kelly Taylor (De Montfort University)

Finalists (pictured in rows from L-R): Australia, China, India, Ireland, Pakistan, South Africa and the UK:

(Photo of the Singapore finalist will be added here when available)
The finalists in this year’s competition have been inspired by many and varied factors. Examples include the trip to Nepal that inspired Sinead Geraghty (Ireland) to produce materials made from local fibres and resources commonly used in textile production in developing countries and Swaroopa Adusumilli (India) who was inspired by working with local weavers in rural communities on eco-friendly textile solutions. Traditional weaving techniques inspired Shihao Bai (China) in his designs, Kwok Wai Liu (Hong Kong) was influenced by rainforest ecology, and Anna Langdon (Australia) took her inspiration from Scottish and Bavarian national costumes. The fabrics utilised ranged from mohair, chosen by Laduma Ngxokolo (South Africa) for his knitwear because of its of durability, warmth, flame resistance and colour fastness, and the fine-knitted samples produced by Kelly Taylor (UK). The remaining two finalists, Mariam Mobeen Shah (Pakistan) and Meng Jing (Singapore), also had an eco-focus in their designs. On reaching the final, Meng Jing comments, ‘The SDC competition is a great platform for designers to be seen in the eyes of the creative scene. I am truly honoured to have participated and be representing Hong Kong at the grand final in London.’

Design by Laduma Ngxokolo (South Africa)

The Society acknowledges the support of all the judges, sponsors and volunteers who were involved in the regional and country heats, without whom the competition would not be possible. Each of the global finalists’ work will be exhibited following the Textiles-UK conference and the winner (recipient of £1000 and Veronica Bell trophy) will be announced at a ceremony in the magnificent Clothworkers’ Hall on 5 Oct 2010.
The 2011 has now been launched to colleges, with the theme ‘reduce, recycle, reuse’. For details, contact:
by CMcN