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Posted 24.05.17

Students unveil cycle jersey designs in collaboration with Rockets & Rascals

By Sarah Packer

Audience vote winner Sophie Minshall (centre), lecturer Cathy Freeman (left) and Steve Toze, owner of Rockets & Rascals.

Last month, students, staff and the public came together to celebrate a collaboration between Plymouth College of Art students and local bicycle emporium Rockets & Rascals.

When Plymouth's award-winning bicycle shop, Rockets & Rascals, opened in Plymouth's historic Barbican quarter in 2013 it made an immediate impact on the local cycling scene.

Three years on the Bicycle Emporium and Cafe is already achieving what it set out to do, get people riding bikes.

Owner Steve Toze picked his personal favourite on the night, a striking pastel design by Saima Abdul Rahman.

Now with an Emporium in Poole and a second location in Plymouth’s beautiful Royal William Yard, their independent business ethos inspired our BA (Hons) Printed Textile Design & Surface Pattern students, resulting in a collaboration with the company.

Briefed to design a directional range of cycling jerseys using sublimation techniques, students researched cult independents and sport-tech industry icons alike to create breathable tops.

All jerseys went on display during a showcase night, with guests invited to vote for their favourite style - with the winning product going into production and sold as a limited edition item in the Rockets & Rascals boutique.

The winner of the audience vote was student Sophie Minshall whose jersey design will go into production. Steve Toze, co-owner of Rockets & Rascals also picked his personal favourite on the night by Saima Abdul Rahman.

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