UWTSD Surface Pattern Graduate success at New Designers


Surface Pattern graduate Catrin Jones has won the New Designers Tiger Print Award at this year New Designers Exhibition in London.

The prize consists of a £500 cash prize and a two month paid placement including free accommodation near their Bradford studio.

Catrin Jones

Catrin commented

“I'd like to thank Tigerprint for showing an interest in my work and in me as a person - and enormously thank to my tutors and fellow students for their support and encouragement along the way”.

 "The course was absolutely brilliant, the tutors are so dedicated and provided us with invaluable external project opportunities. They worked us hard but we expected that and it has certainly prepared us for the real world"

"Swansea was a great place to study, it's a city but it has a town feel, full of nice people where everyone knows each other. The course also had a great community, competitive but everyone was working together.  Our studio space was wonderful, with all three years together."

The Judges Commented: ‘We love the flexibility with Catrin. Her commercial approach to design showed superb passion and professionalism. Great use of colour composition and attention to detail.’

Tiger Print is a subsidiary of Hallmark exclusively producing gifts, toy and stationary for marks and Spencer's

The NEW DESIGNERS exhibition at the London Business Design Center is a showcase for the most promising graduate talents from Britain’s leading design courses. 

Student form UWTSD Glass, Surface Pattern, Illustration, Industrial Design and Graphic Design attend each year.

Programme Director Georgia McKie commented

“Catrin is probably one of the most successful students we have ever had.  In the second year she won a pitch to produce props for the set of the TV show Da Vinci Demons.  She also won a live project with the luxury clothing and lifestyle company Toast, run in conjunction with the Surface Pattern programme.

In the third year she won the Per Una print for women’s wear live brief, a project set by M&S for the Surface Pattern course resulting in a months placement at their head office in London.

Earlier this year she was selected to represent the university at Indigo Paris, Premiere Vision international fashion and textiles trade fair.

She was well placed to do this having spent last summer undertaking a placement with Amanda Kelly design studio in London.

In response to her graduate show in Swansea she was short listed by the Mission Gallery for the Jane Phillips Award and will be exhibiting in the Swansea Waterfront Museum in July”.  

We knew from early on that she was talented but its great to see this being endorsed by so many external industry professionals.  She has used the course incredibly well, she has developed the skills to interpret all given briefs and she is incredibly versatile as a designer.

She has many exciting opportunities including openings with many other companies, but equally she is well poised to further develop the innovative work she has produced this year under her own name.”