Printed Textile Design and Surface Pattern Graduates!

Work completed, pieces displayed and presentations given, graduating design students are now busy at their degree shows and working hard to catch the eye of the person who may mould their future as a designer.

Sarah Court, Sophie Clements and Winona Flay will all graduate from Plymouth College of Art with a Printed Textile Design and Surface Pattern degree.  You are invited to attend their degree show this evening (Friday 9th June) and the show will continue from 10th – 22nd June.



Sarah has already proven herself as a dynamic designer, recently winning a Mercedes Benz smart car competition for her design work (the car will be debuted at our show), and recognised for her colour work by the Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC).

Focusing on the theme of waves and aquatic life, Sarah’s work culminates in a collection of luxury interiors, including an extravagant king size bed, a result of Sarah’s collaboration with globally renowned bed manufacturer Vispring.  Sarah said of the inspirations and motivations behind her work:

“I’m interested in exploring the concept of a contemporary heirloom: durable, experiential products are what I hope to design, intended for a long life span and a provider of rich emotional experiences for multiple users. Focus will be placed on natural materials, long lasting products and meticulous making, which resonates with the heritage and values of Vispring.  An early painting from this project of an estuary oyster farm served as my original colour palette inspiration, which was developed to include the warmth of a recurring orangey tone found throughout my visual research. Multi-tonal light pinks work gently with chalky white and grey-blue notes, cool painterly dark greens and black dominate but are instantly warmed and balanced by glimpses of corally washed out orange.”


Sarah’s work is influenced by Japanese folklore, prints and patterns, as well as calligraphy and otherworldly seascapes, tidal rhythms, beautiful reefs and marine life and phenomena such as bioluminescence. Her collection of elegant interiors is intended for a coastal boutique hotel, and she has developed a body of prints that will be applied on statement headboards, cushion collections and a contemporary quilt.

Sarah added, “We have great industry links, and we also have some of the best college printing facilities in the country. Having a personal desk space to work at from the first year all the way through to the third year makes me feel very privileged to have been on this course.”

See more of Sarah’s work here



For her final major project, Winona designed, printed and constructed statement velvet cushions and a sofa covered with a heavy cotton canvas that has been digitally printed. Starting with hand drawings and paintings inspired by sea creatures, her concept was for the viewer to be submerged in bright colour and textures – with the addition of vibrant trims including pom poms and tassels, to add a playful element and fun personality to her designs. Winona hand drew/painted all her designs and used Plymouth College of Art’s industry-standard print facilities to transfer her designs using digital print techniques including sublimation printing. Winona has been nominated and interviewed for Texprint London. In the future she hopes to work in the design studios of a brand like Kenzo Maison.

See more of Winona’s work here.




A collection of bright fashion accessories featuring prints inspired by feathers. Sophie’s work focuses on exotic plumage and vibrant colours, with a sense of freedom, movement and exuberance juxtaposed against the grey urban jungle and the banality of the everyday. Her prints and patterns take an intricate and magnified look at the fine details of feathers, and are intended for the high street market, with a bold but feminine style.

Throughout the course of her degree, Sophie has produced garments for catwalk shows, designed for upholstery fabrics, wallcoverings and has worked on live briefs for the likes of Harlequin Fabrics and Brume Window Films. She also travelled to India to research textile machining, visiting many textile and dye studios.

Sophie intends to apply for Plymouth College of Art’s MA Textiles programme after she graduates, and will continue to specialise in designing for fabrics, colours and finishes.

Contact Plymouth College of Art.


About Alys Bryan

Alys' experience as a furniture designer, along with her in-depth marketing knowledge, makes her uniquely placed to work with the BCFA as the Editor of Design Insider and run her marketing business, Method Communications.
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