CIT CCAD Students success in international Textiles Competition

21 May, 2013

CIT CCAD Department of Fine Art and Ceramic Design Textiles Elective and Special Purpose Award students have performed very well in a prestigious UK competition also involving Textiles Departments in Leeds College of Art; UCA Farnham; Norwich University of the Arts; London Metropolitan University; LCC - University of the Arts; Plymouth College of Art; Newham College London; and Morley College London. 

Students were given random fabric swatches from the Warner Textiles Archive at Braintree Museum, Essex, and asked to respond to these creatively and openly in material and concept.  Submissions were juried by Patricia Christy, Chair of Textiles Education and Research in Europe; and Mary Schoeser, UK author and editor of two important recent references :  World Textiles: A Concise History, and Textiles: the Art of Mankind. 

The following students achieved special notice:
Submitted work to be made into Museum postcards: Ann Mechelinck (YR 2 Applied Art); Maire O'Mahony (Special Purpose Award Fine Art Textiles);
Shortlisted---highly commended/exhibition:  Helen O'Shea (recent graduate Special Purpose Award Textiles);
Commended/exhibition:  Derek O'Meara (YR 2 Fine Art); Kim Morris, Marie O'Mahony, Donna Coogan, Tina Whelan (Special Purpose Award Fine Art Textiles);
Exhibition:  Amanda Hogan (Special Purpose Award Fine Art Textiles); Lesley Stothers (recent graduate Special Purpose Award Textiles).

An Exhibition featuring the work of these students will open 9 May in Braintree Museum, Essex. 

Further venues are scheduled for the autumn in London.


1.  Helen O'Shea, graduate of Special Purpose Award Fine Art Textiles Certificate 2012, her work referencing the recent horse meat scandal


2.  Lesley Stothers, graduate of Special Purpose Award  Fine Art Textiles Certificate 2012, her showcased work using piercing.


3.  Museum postcards selected from among all entries include two from CIT Crawford:  Ann Mechelinck, Year 2 Applied Arts; Máire O'Mahony, current Special Purpose Award student in Fine Art Textiles.

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