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Posted 04.04.17

Ancient traditions and sustainable art: an international internship success

By Kat Peberdy

Textile designer and printmaker Beth Jones completed a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at the college in 2015 and spent the following year travelling, volunteering and working in India, Nepal, the Philippines and Indonesia.

"During my time at Plymouth College of Art I was taught and encouraged to take creative risks, and that has prepared me very well for working in this industry.” — Beth Jones

Recently she returned to India to participate in an internship with Upasana, a sustainable fashion label addressing environmental and social issues through its clothing lines. As part of the internship, Beth is working on textile print collections for the brand as well as researching designs of silk scarves for the Varanasi Weavers project, which was created to help the endangered millennial tradition of weaving in Benares. 

Beth Jones: The Suffocation of Beauty, Textiles

"My year at Plymouth College of Art gave me the freedom to test the waters and experiment,” Beth said, “allowing full immersion in all aspects of art and design. From this, my practical skills grew but also my confidence in my work and what I was creating."

Also as part of her internship at Upasana, Beth produced an avant-garde dress for Trashion Show. This event was part of Litter Free Week in Auroville, India, to showcase that litter can be up cycled and bring awareness to how much waste there currently is in India. The piece she produced was made from 100% waste material and hand sewn, Beth described it as "an exploration of beauty beyond the ego."

From India, Beth will then head to Melbourne, where she has been offered an internship with Ink & Spindle, working with hand-printed designs on ethically sourced textiles.

Check out Beth's website for more of her work.