Press Releases 2014-2015

New Designers Success for UWTSD Surface Pattern Graduate


A University of Wales Trinity Saint David graduate has won the New Designers Tigerprint Award at this year's New Designers Exhibition in London. Catrin Jones, Surface Pattern graduate and winner of the award said: “I'd like to thank Tigerprint for showing an interest in my work and in me as a person – and an enormous thanks to my tutors and fellow students for their support and encouragement along the way.”

The award consists of a £500 cash prize and a two month paid placement including free accommodation near Tigerprint’s Bradford studio. Tigerprint is a subsidiary of Hallmark, exclusively producing gifts, toy and stationary for Marks & Spencer.

New Designers is an annual event that sees over 3,000 of the most promising graduate talents from Britain’s leading design courses exhibit. UWTSD provide the New Designers event with promising graduate talents every year, from Glass, Surface Pattern, Illustration, Industrial Design and Graphic Design. Students get the chance to showcase their work to businesses, investors and recruiters. The show features everything from textiles and jewelry to product design and illustration.

Catrin continued: "The course at UWTSD was absolutely brilliant; the tutors are so dedicated and provided us with invaluable external project opportunities. They worked us hard but we expected that, it has certainly prepared us for the real world. The course also had a great community feel, everyone was working together.  Our studio space was wonderful too.”

 The New Designers judges commented: “We loved the flexibility of Catrin’s work. Her commercial approach to design showed superb passion and professionalism with great use of colour composition and attention to detail.”

Georgia McKie, UWTSD Surface Pattern Design senior lecturer said:

“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 month’s 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 it’s 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.”

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014