Textile Design Students Take Top Prizes in Virginia Jackson Design Competition

Five Textile Design students have been awarded prizes in the annual Virginia Jackson Design Competition sponsored by the International Textile Market Association. 

In the jacquard category, Regina Cuce won the first-place prize, while Lindsey Baker and Hyunjin Shin each won honorable mentions.

Philadelphia University designers swept the print category, with Chanell Riley taking first place, Hyunjin Shin taking second place and Carin Sauerwein receiving honorable mention.  Sauerwein, the only undergraduate student of the five, also received honorable mention in the dobby category.

Each first-place winner received $1,000, second-place winners received $500 and honorable mentions received $200 each.  In addition to the student prizes, the University will receive $1,000 for each of the two first-place wins.  Textile Design faculty members Marcia Weiss, assistant professor, and Hitoshi Ujiie, associate professor, advised the students on their projects.

The Virginia Jackson competition recognizes the most talented students in the field of textile design and creates a vehicle to bring new talent into the design industry, according to ITMA.  The student designs are evaluated for aesthetic form, ability to be manufactured and applicability to furniture products.

“The submittals this year surpassed previous competitions in terms of quantity and quality of designs,” ITMA Director Catherine Morsell said of the 64 entries.  “Part of our mission is to encourage creative individuals to enter the home furnishings textile field, and it is inspiring to see the depth of talent and interest in this industry.”

Winners will have their work displayed at Showtime, the June 1-4 textile trade show in High Point, N.C., and the first-place winners will be flown to the show and honored at an event.

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