College Students Triumph at Drapers Textile Competition


Lauren Davies’s winning piece

Art and textile students from Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and Shrewsbury College – the two members of the newly formed Shrewsbury Colleges Group –  triumphed at the finals of this year’s Drapers Textile Competition.

Lauren Davies (SSFC) won the prestigious new student prize, ‘The Jackie Ryan Memorial Award.’  The former Shrewsbury Sixth Form College pupil receives a two week placement with textiles company Tweedmill Textiles.  While there she will work with designer Gaynor Bowen to create a unique throw/blanket which will be manufactured as a limited edition by Tweedmill Textiles.  Lauren has now moved on to study Textiles Design at Birmingham City University.


Heidi Humphreys receiving the bronze award

Summer-Jane Stevenson-Jones was awarded silver while Heidi Humphreys and Phoebe Lytollis both won bronze awards.  All of these three  students are continuing their studies at Shrewsbury College.

Curriculum Leader for Creative Arts & Media, John O’Connell comments: “There is significant talent in art, fashion and textiles across the two colleges.  We are delighted that it has been so publicly acknowledged at the Drapers Textiles Competition.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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