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From holistic design to sustainable luxury - Interior Design & Styling and Textile Design Ones to Watch 2023

Join us in celebrating a new wave of talented designers from Arts University Plymouth’s Class of 2023
<p dir="ltr">Covering everything from textile design for fashion and interiors to bespoke making, <a href="">BA (Hons) Textile Design</a> at Arts University Plymouth is an exciting course allowing students to become accomplished and inspirational textile and surface designers as well as textile buyers and stylists. </p> <p dir="ltr">Arts University Plymouth also boasts one of the few dedicated <a href="">BA (Hons) Interior Design &amp; Styling</a> courses in the UK, designed to develop students’ skills in interior design, emphasising colour, surface and ambience in a range of environments. The course ensures that graduating students enter industry as well-rounded interiors specialists, with this year producing students whose final major projects excel in creative innovation, bold concepts and a fresh approach.</p> <p dir="ltr">With strong synergies between the two courses, here’s a roundup of some of the most innovative and ambitious graduates from Arts University Plymouth’s Summer Shows and Class of 2023:<br /></p>
Ellie Marshall Yacht Project 1 1

Image by Ellie Marshall

<p dir="ltr"><a href="">BA (Hons) Interior Design &amp; Styling</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"></a></p> <p dir="ltr">Ellie Marshall is a junior interior designer whose skills range from interior design and fashion to graphic design and photography. Ellie’s final project, ‘Pure Couture’, investigates sustainable luxury design for charter yachts. The design uses fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton and Balmain to influence the concept, resulting in a unique and unconventional design scheme. Balmain inspires the foundation of the design, including the forms and furniture as well as the sustainable and natural approach. The textiles have been informed by Louis Vuitton’s collection, with bold colours, floral designs and a mix of textures. As a result, the interiors of the yacht are inspired by couture fashion, while a focus on reducing waste and costs as well as ensuring sustainability is at the heart of the design.</p> <p dir="ltr">Having already completed an internship with Fiona Leahy Design, working on projects and designing events for Estée Lauder and Louis Vuitton, Ellie has gone on to secure a job with interior designer Olivia Outred, and was named as House &amp; Garden’s ‘Rising Star’ of 2020/2021.<br /></p>
Kirstin Taylor all over swirl viz

Image by Kirstin Taylor

<p dir="ltr"><a href="">BA (Hons) Textile Design</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">@fabric_thread_and_ink</a></p> <p dir="ltr">Kirstin Taylor is a designer and maker, who brought her skills as a self employed seamstress to her studies as a mature student at Arts University Plymouth. With a studio in the heart of the Tamar Valley, overlooking views of the river and Calstock Viaduct, Kirstin finds plenty of inspiration from where she lives and works.</p> <p dir="ltr">Kirstin is motivated by the design to enhance and adorn the ordinary and everyday. Her final collection ‘Waives &amp; Waves’ is a personal project inspired by her visceral experience as a keen open water swimmer. The technical data vital to that activity is harnessed by Kirstin to create graphic patterns from tide tables, marine charts, weather forecasts, pollution reports and surf predictions.</p> <p dir="ltr">Through the endangered heritage skill of Passmenterie and larger scale surface pattern techniques, Kirstin truly encapsulates her experience of her watery outdoor adventures. ‘Waives &amp; Waves’ elevates the everyday in our homes, with the collection enabling the user to add their own flourishes that augment and embellish their surroundings in a multiplicity of colourful and tactile ways. Kirstin plans to progress onto a Masters in Textile Design.<br /></p>

Image by Molly Wood

<p dir="ltr"><a href="">BA (Hons) Interior Design &amp; Styling</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">@rosewood.designstudio</a></p> <p dir="ltr">Molly Wood is passionate about textiles, graphic design, interior design and styling as well as photography and interior journalism. Throughout her degree, Molly has immersed herself in every opportunity, working on design for hospitality, retail design, graphic design, styling, photography and a plethora of textile techniques such as screen printing and dyeing.</p> <p dir="ltr">For her final major project, Molly created a concept design scheme for a library and co-working space called ‘Collab’, in the beautiful St Luke’s Church building in Plymouth’s city centre. With prominent themes of biophilic and human-centric design, ‘Collab’ aims to encourage mental and physical wellbeing, providing a range of working spaces to meet everybody’s individual preferences.<br /></p>
Millica Bishop Morris

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<p dir="ltr"><a href="">BA (Hons) Textile Design</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">@millicabeth</a></p> <p dir="ltr">Millica Bishop-Morris is a printed textile and surface pattern designer, with a love for print and experience in both traditional and digital techniques and methods, including screen printing, digital print, discharge, devore printing and more.</p> <p dir="ltr">Millica’s final collection ‘Still Life’ recaptures overlooked objects surrounding our everyday life in a bright, new immersive sense. Inspired by the work of photographer Martin Parr, the collection begins with images captured on Millica’s 35mm film camera, which are then transformed and recreated into hand painted artworks to give an organic and soft feel. Transferred onto silk through digital printing and reconstructed into floaty trousers and flowing head scarves, ‘Still Life’ is a soulful addition to the everyday wardrobe. Featuring colours following ongoing trends in the fashion industry, enhancing the enlarged motifs captures the abstract portrayal of everyday life which has shaped this collection.<br /></p>

Image by Rachel Hicks

<p dir="ltr"><a href="">BA (Hons) Interior Design &amp; Styling</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">@rm_hicksinteriors</a></p> <p dir="ltr">Rachel Hicks is an interior designer passionate about architecture, colour, texture and the surrounding environment. During her studies. Rachel has focused on areas of interior design to eliminate taboos and alter people’s perceptions.</p> <p dir="ltr">Rachel’s final major project, ‘Rethinking Funeral Homes’, allowed her to design an environment for funeral directors, creating a place where people feel less worried and reducing the anxious and unwelcoming feeling that people tend to have upon entering that kind of establishment. By contextually exploring the perceptions people have when visiting funeral homes, Rachel challenges the stigma of approaching a loved one’s funeral. Rachel developed a construction pack for the project, a brief in which designers communicate their ideas to a construction firm in the industry.<br /></p>
Rosy Foster

Image by Rosy Foster

<p dir="ltr"><a href="">BA (Hons) Textile Design</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">@rosyelizadesigns</a></p> <p dir="ltr">Rosy Foster is a textile designer with a passion for print in all its forms. Her final collection at Arts University Plymouth, ‘The Mystic Wonderland’, is designed to transport the viewer into a world of mystery and wonder, immersed in vivid colours and repeats. The collection takes many forms, empowering all the senses with its bold colours and textures. With inspiration taken from the world of witchcraft and sorcery, Rosy has created a room fit for a fortune teller.</p> <p dir="ltr">Rosy’s passion for witchcraft comes from living in the rural landscape of Dartmoor, hearing folktales throughout her childhood. She explored different effects in design, from digital, to Devore, to lino printing, showing a range of these techniques through the collection. Intertwining them with a juicy colour palette that adds to the mystery, there’s a definite wow factor to this room design. The cushions are made with natural fabrics to give an element of witchy naturalism, with the collections main focus illustrating the raw genuine print work by hand printing with lino to give the collection its individuality.<br /></p>
Zoe Shakesheff 3011

Concept by Zoe Shakesheff

<p dir="ltr"><a href="">BA (Hons) Interior Design &amp; Styling</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">@zoesinteriordesigns</a></p> <p dir="ltr">Zoe Shakesheff is a Welsh interior designer, with a passion for using interior design as a tool to benefit people’s day to day lives. Aiming to inspire a positive mental impact on the user while enhancing the users’ experience of a space, Zoe aspires to work within commercial interiors, particularly hospitality and workspace design. Her style is contemporary using poignant bespoke features to enhance a building’s original structure. </p> <p dir="ltr">One of Zoe’s stand out projects, called ‘Core’, focussed on a mental health hub for Plymouth Options Livewell Southwest. Zoe’s strong interest in the use of colour theory and how it impacts the scheme of a room with different combinations and effects on people means creating a space avoiding the clinical design of similar environments. Creating the hub with the aim of promoting health and wellbeing in the community, Zoe’s hub provides people with a safe and welcoming space, incorporating a variety of natural materials and plenty of natural lighting.<br /></p>
Eden Parnell Pause Lifestyle Store

Concept by Eden Parnell

<p dir="ltr"><a href="">BA (Hons) Interior Design &amp; Styling</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">@studio_eden_uk</a></p> <p dir="ltr">Eden Parnell is an enthusiastic and highly motivated junior interior designer. With a passion for interior design, styling, photography and graphics, Eden has a natural eye for detail and colour alongside an enthusiasm for promotional social media. She holds a particular interest in creating beautiful, holistic spaces that use organic and sustainable materials which positively support the emotional, mental and physical health of the end user.</p> <p dir="ltr">The idea behind her final major project, the ‘Pause Lifestyle’ store, was to create a community space for women going through menopause, where they can talk to others going through similar experiences, while shopping for products to help ease their symptoms. The store design includes a retail space, a café and a yoga and meditation studio, inspired by her Menopause Cafe and store based in Totnes, Devon.</p> <p dir="ltr">During her studies, Eden worked as Digital Marketing Strategist for the professional industry interior design event, ‘The Future Design Trade Show’, hosted at The Box, Plymouth.<br /></p>

<p dir="ltr"><a href="">BA (Hons) Interior Design &amp; Styling</a> and <a href="">BA (Hons) Textile Design</a> students at Arts University Plymouth have opportunities throughout their studies to collaborate with students with other specialisms on campus, including fashion designers, photographers and filmmakers. To find out what it’s like to be involved in a creative community, visit <a href=""></a> or check out the next Arts University Plymouth <a href="">Open Day</a>.<br /></p>