Fash­ion de­signer’s work is bloomin’ good

Fern­hill stu­dent So­phie wins col­lege com­pe­ti­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A Fern­hill fash­ion de­signer saw her work in full bloom re­cently after win­ning a col­lege com­pe­ti­tion.

So­phie Thom­son, 18, was tasked with de­sign­ing and print­ing a range of fab­ric sam­ples for the Glas­gow de­sign com­pany Rem­nant Kings.

The former Trin­ity High pupil is study­ing BA Tex­tiles at Glas­gow Clyde Col­lege, who run the com­pe­ti­tion.

The brief asked par­tic­i­pants to cre­ate a com­mer­cial­lyvi­able col­lec­tion based on the flo­ral theme Graphic Bloom, and So­phie im­pressed the judges with her en­try, based around Glas­gow’s Botanic Gar­dens.

So­phie said: “Most of my in­spi­ra­tion came from Glas­gow Botanic Gar­dens, where I spent a lot of time do­ing lo­ca­tion draw­ings.

“I like my work to be a lit­tle bit un­usual and so I was re­ally drawn to the plants which stood out as I find them to be more in­ter­est­ing.

“I couldn’t be­lieve when I was an­nounced as one of the win­ners – it’s was such a great con­fi­dence boost to have in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als say they liked my work.”

So­phie was awarded a highly com­mended cer­tifi­cate for her en­try, over­com­ing com­pe­ti­tion from more than 40 other stu­dents who had en­tered the con­test.

After com­plet­ing two years of study at Glas­gow Clyde Col­lege, So­phie is set to progress into third year of the BA Tex­tiles course at He­ri­otWatt Univer­sity in Galashiels.

An­gela Macmillan, se­nior lec­turer in tex­tiles at Glas­gow Clyde Col­lege, added: “Stu­dents and staff at Glas­gow Clyde Col­lege have a great part­ner­ship with Rem­nant Kings and this col­lab­o­ra­tive com­pe­ti­tion gave our stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence what work­ing to a com­mer­cial brief is like, whilst en­gag­ing with in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als.

“We were all blown away by the stan­dard of work that was pro­duced and So­phie should be in­cred­i­bly proud of her suc­cess.”

Hazel Ber­ry­man, as­sis­tant buyer at Rem­nant Kings, said: “Rem­nant Kings were once again de­lighted to spon­sor the Print De­sign mod­ule at Glas­gow Clyde Col­lege.

“We loved the ap­pli­ca­tion of the stu­dents’ prints on our fab­rics.

“It was clear to see the stu­dents’ evo­lu­tion from line draw­ings to the fin­ished prints, which were all com­mer­cially ap­peal­ing and would sit per­fectly along­side our wider fab­ric of­fer­ing.

“As al­ways, the stu­dents’ work was present e d beau­ti­fully, mak­ing it a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion for us to pick our favourites.”

Com­mended So­phie Thom­son

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