The Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC) held their South of England Roadshow at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) at Farnham on 22 November.
The SDC, which is the world’s leading charity dedicated to advancing the science and technology of colour worldwide, brought several guest speakers and launched two new student competitions at the free event.
Clare Moore, Membership Manager at SDC, said: “We have organised a series of Roadshows around the UK to promote our competitions and publicise the work of the SDC.
“We decided to launch our Roadshows at UCA because it’s had such a great year in our competitions and the students and staff really throw themselves into every opportunity we offer them.”
Students and SDC members from the south of England were invited to the conference, which featured a special talk Courtaulds fashion designer Kathy Lewiston, and SDC’s Colour Experience manager, Richard Ashworth.
Students were invited to take part in two competitions, the SDC International Design Competition, which UCA BA (Hons) Textiles for Fashion & Interiors student Katy Harper won the regional London heat for 2012, and the CSI Colour Award that fellow class-mate Alice Howard Graham won this year.
Hannah White, UCA Textiles course leader, said: “We are excited to welcome the SDC to UCA for their first Roadshow of the new academic year.
“Our graduates are known within the textiles industry for having an excellent understanding of dyeing, alongside their strong design skills.
“We are hoping to build on our students’ successes in the SDC competitions last year and are looking forward to seeing the innovative designs our current students will develop for 2013.”
Alice Howard Graham will collect her CSI Colour Award in Hong Kong next month.
She was one of three BA (Hons) Textiles for Fashion & Interiors students that recently collaborated with local designers Ella Blake to design a London 2012 scarf which is on sale at the British Museum and The Dorchester.
Meanwhile, a fabric designed by recent graduate Angela Johnston has been snapped up by world-renowned London department store Liberty and will go on sale next year.