Alumni Success for Printed Textile graduate Jennifer Varty

Jennifer Varty graduated from WSA in Printed Textile Design in 2014. After studying with us she went on to a year long internship in New York with Collection 18 after being interviewed at New Designers. Collection 18 is fashion accessory company specializing in scarves for designer brands and private label collections.

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Creative Director, Rachel Rowberry, was so impressed with Jennifer she has now been given a permanent role as Print Designer at the company.  She is now the primary
designer on the Saks and JCPenney accounts, for which she does the trend
research, design concepts and colouring, and work alongside members of the
sales team and buyers. She is currently preparing for Fall 2016 on the Collection 18 line, compiling trend and colour research for the new season, which she will have to present to the entire design team at our Fall Kick-Off meeting, before designing the collection.

Congratulations Jennifer!

Fashion Design Graduate Naomi Hatherley wins Street Style Fashion Show

2014 Fashion Design graduates Naomi Hatherley and Hannah Inskip were shortlisted to show their collections at a Street Style Fashion Show in London for the company Otterbox. Only five students across the country were selected. Naomi won the overall prize of £1000. 

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Photographs by Charlie Davis.

Congratulations Naomi!

WSA Graduate wins award at Noise Festival 2014

Recent graduate in printed textiles, Carmen Lever, has been announced as a winner at Noise Festival 2014. After entering work to the portfolio platform over the summer, Carmen’s embroidered crab piece was selected by fashion designer Giles Deacon as a winning design. At the award ceremony at the House of Commons it was announced Carmen would join the Giles Deacon studio for an internship.


The work is currently on display at the Bankside Plinths on the Southbank, London. The event continues over the coming months in both London and then Manchester.


Carmen recommends the Noise site as a portfolio platform for other WSA students, “displaying your designs and work experiences together like a creative CV”.

WSA Graduate Success for Weaver Lauren Bates

Recent graduate in Woven Textiles, Lauren Bates starts her new position this week at Vanners Silk Weavers as a Creative Designer. The role involves creating CAD design briefs, colouring designs, trend research and reporting on new design and weave markets in London and overseas.

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Vanners met Lauren whilst showing her menswear collection at New Designers with Winchester School of Art this June. To see more of Lauren’s work visit

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#Congratulations Lauren

Winchester school of Art Fashion graduate Linjing Feng

Graphic, minimal and angular Winchester school of Art Fashion Graduate Alumni Linjing Feng as featured on offers up a lookbook which suggests experience far beyond her years.

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Keeping to a monochrome palette, Linjing allows the cuts and lines to take the limelight. Shot against a white backdrop and black panelled beams, model Dani Kocianova from IMG Models rests on a misplaced ladder, a simple black box or sneaks off behind corners.

Overall the lookbook, shot by Iris Bjork, is an example of this young designer’s strong identity and promising future. Linjing Feng is definitely one to watch out for.

For full article by Mollie Pyne 


WSA Printed Textiles Graduate Success

Printed Textiles graduate Elise Nichols has gained employment as an in-house Print Design Assistant at Marks and Spencers following her show at New Designers this year. Elise was one of 20 WSA textiles students to be selected to show on our stand at New Designers and her illustrative style garnered much attention. Her final collection was based on Grimms Fairy tales. #Congratulations Elise

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Congratulations to last year’s weave graduate Aston Bradley

Congratulations to last year’s weave graduate Aston Bradley, who has just been offered the job of Junior Designer/Product Developer at Randa Accessories Ltd., the largest men’s accessories supplier in the World.


Randa Accessories: Collaborating with 75 leading brands, design, reinvent, manufacture, distribute, and market men’s belts, wallets, neckwear, small leather goods, luggage, backpacks, business cases, slippers, jewellery, and gifts.


WSA alumni graduate Alex Pengelly wins scholarship

WSA Alumni Graduate, Alex Pengelly has been successfully awarded the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust bursary, which Alex will use to pay her fees at the Royal College of Art.

We are so pleased for Alex,  as it will make such a difference to her time at the RCA.

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