Philadelphia University Textile Design Students Dominate Virginia Jackson Design Awards

Philadelphia University Textile Design students won six of nine Virginia Jackson Design Awards, winning two prizes in each category of jacquard, dobby and print.

Boyoung Moon won first place and Amanda McGonagle won honorable mention in the dobby category. Jennifer Sulikowski won second place and Nidhi Reddy Kasula won honorable mention in the jacquard category. And, in the print category, Hyunjin Shin won second place and Lei Ting won honorable mention.

The annual Virginia Jackson Design Awards competition is sponsored by the Educational Foundation of the International Textile Market Association (ITMA), which is producer of the semi-annual Showtime fabric show. “We are always thrilled by the excellence of the entries we receive,” said Catherine Morsell, executive director of ITMA.

The entries are judged on aesthetic form, ability to be manufactured and applicability to furniture products. The winning designs will be displayed at the Showtime event, which will take place June 7 to 10 in High Point, N.C. 

“The ITMA Virginia Jackson Design Competition provides a great opportunity for our textile design students to test their skills against those of their peers from other universities,” said Macia Weiss, assistant professor of Textile Design. “The results  illustrate the depth and breadth of talent among our students.”

Each winner receives a monetary award and each first-place winner’s school also receives a $1,000 donation to its textile design department. In addition, all expenses are paid for first-place winners to attend the Showtime event, where they will be honored and meet with industry officials.

The strong showing by the Philadelphia University students came in a year that the annual competition received its most entries ever. In total, 79 entries were received from including schools such as Rhode Island School of Design, North Carolina State University and University of Georgia.

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