BA (Hons) Textiles student, Ildiko Hurley, has won first prize in the ‘My Home Collection’ category of the international wallpaper and textile industry design competition, i-dott.
Ildiko won the competition with a 1950’s car-inspired wallpaper design that was originally created during her second year of study. Celebrity designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen presented Ildiko with the award at a gala dinner ceremony, held at the Whitworth Museum, in Manchester.
Speaking of the award win, Ildiko said: "I’m over the moon to have won, this is the first competition that I’ve ever entered. I genuinely thought that my tutor was joking when he told me that I’d won!"
The i-dott award was founded to enable design students to present their work to the international wallpaper and textile industries. As a category winner, Ildiko will have the opportunity to meet and discuss her work and future opportunities with business owners and decision makers from all over the world.
"I chose a degree in Textiles because it is closest to leathercraft and they relate well. Coming here is one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life." — Ildiko Hurley, BA (Hons) Textiles student.
Born in Hungary, Ildiko moved to the UK when she was 21 years old, last year she returned to Hungary through our international Erasmus programme, to spend a term studying in Budapest.
"As a child I loved drawing and pottery,” Ildiko said. “It was obvious that I enjoyed the creative side of things. A new art school was opening nearby in Hungary around the time that I became a teenager, which I was fortunate enough to enter after completing an access course in my last year of primary school.
"For four years I studied art related subjects, specialising in leathercraft. After my A-levels I applied four times to the prestigious Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, but the demand for places was huge and I was unsuccessful.
"When I moved to the UK I arranged a visit to Plymouth College of Art and was offered a place. I haven’t looked back since. I chose a degree in Textiles because it is closest to leathercraft and they relate well. Coming here is one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life.
"Now that I’m in the third year of my degree, I’m still interested in natural fabrics such as leather, wool and silk. I’ve honed a lot of valuable skills, such as screen printing, machine knitting and felting wool." — Ildiko Hurley.
"The next big life changing event came for me in my second year at the college. Through our international Erasmus programme, I spent the autumn term of my second year studying at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, in Budapest.
"This was the university that I’d longed to study in 20 years ago. It was an absolutely wonderful experience - so much so that I’d make the Erasmus programme mandatory if I could.
"Now that I’m in the third year of my degree, I’m still interested in natural fabrics such as leather, wool and silk. I’ve honed a lot of valuable skills, such as screen printing, machine knitting and felting wool.
"I expect that in future, the things that I sell will shape a specialism, but for now I’m enjoying working with lots of different fabrics and techniques and don’t want to narrow myself down yet."