Texprint 2010 Chairman’s Prize winner: Andrew Stevenson
7 September 2010 by TexSelect in Alumni Stories, Fashion, Sponsors, Judges & Champions
Royal College of Art graduate Andrew Stevenson received the £750 award, presented by Sir Stuart Rose, chairman of Marks & Spencer, and Texprint’s chairman Julius Schofield, at the company’s Marble Arch boardroom. Katherine Rushton, Deputy Editor Drapers, also attended.
The award is given for excellence in textile design. Chosen by a ballot of the invited visitors to the First View portfolio exhibition held in July, Andrew’s woven fabric designs were the clear favourite out of the 24 collections by new graduate textile designers on display.
Julius Schofield says: “Andrew Stevenson, a very talented weaver who trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and the RCA, impressed the Texprint judges in both the fashion and interiors fields. He went on to prove his all round appeal by being voted the most original design talent of all this year’s Texprint stars by everyone who came to the First View exhibition at Chelsea College of Art and Design.”
Double-winner Andrew is the recipient of this year’s Interior Fashion prize, donated by Sanderson Art in Industry Trust, as chosen by textile and product designer Donna Wilson who praised his use of colour and texture.
Senior tutor in textiles at the RCA Philippa Watkins describes the appeal of Andrew’s work: “He was one of the most versatile students I’ve ever had: a very good weaver and printer. He has a very good eye for colour which he translates into his weaves; his drawing is very attractive which he translates into print. And he has a wonderful personality to be around.”
Andrew will be taking up a design role at the great British fashion house Paul Smith following his participation in the Texprint Village at Indigo, Paris, September 14-16, part of Première Vision Pluriel. Andrew, along with the 23 other selected textile designers, will present his collection to international fashion and interiors buyers at the event. And on Wednesday 15 September at 3.30pm, Louise Trotter, creative director of Joseph, will present Andrew with his Interior Fashion award during the annual Texprint prize giving ceremony.