Three EN students Mitchell Rouse, Hannah Heath and Joanna Morton were recently announced as finalists in this year’s National Fashion Textiles Competition.

The competition is open to 16-19 year olds studying fashion or textiles at Level 3 and celebrates a broad range of traditional and contemporary textile practices. Each year the organisers receive in the region of 200 entries and East Norfolk students have been fortunate to be shortlisted in the final since the competition started back in 2013.

This is the college’s most successful year to date with three finalists amongst the 20 who were selected to display their work at Olympia, London as part of the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show.

Mitchell, 19, from Gorleston, is currently in his first year studying Fashion Atelier BA (hons) at Rochester UCA after completing his A levels with spectacular success last year, achieving A* grades in Graphic Design and Textiles, the latter course with amazing 100% scores on all four units. Mitchell is thrilled to be amongst the shortlisted entries for the second time having been selected for his AS exam piece last year. His entry this year is a striking sculptural gown with an unconventional approach to the use of traditional felt. 

Joanna has focussed on exploring the possibilities and limitations of creating print using eco dye, a method where plants and other organic matter is used in contact with fabric to create pattern. Hannah took inspiration for her piece from a college visit to the Savage Beauty Alexander McQueen exhibition at the V&A last year combining digital printing with found objects in her corseted piece. Hannah from Oulton Broad is hoping to follow in Mitchell’s footsteps having accepted a place on the highly competitive course next year.

Textiles tutor Theresa Budds said: “I am so proud of these students and grateful too that the judges have rewarded those individuals working with such a diverse range of media and celebrating what textiles means in this century. EN students aren’t restrained by conventions and are encouraged to push the boundaries and move between all of the arts using whatever materials and processes excite them whether that’s fused metals and plastics, digital printing or fine needlework. We are so pleased to be included in this competition again and long may it continue.”

Pictured - Hannah Heath & Mitchell Rouse

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