the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
Suzanne Barnes Design Award
27 March 2015
This year, A level Textiles girls were given the amazing opportunity to work with Suzanne Barnes, a Birmingham-based commercial Interior Designer who works internationally.
Suzanne studied architecture at Birmingham University and after realising her passion was for interior architecture, she went on to graduate with an MA in Interior Design at Central St Martin's in London. She has worked in Birmingham heading up her own Interior Design company for the last 15 years and lecturing on the Interior Design degree course at Birmingham City University. This was to be a fantastic learning opportunity for the girls.
In September, the Textiles girls went to Suzanne's office where she explained the brief - to design and create 8 -10 3D and printed fabrics which would make up a collection. Their work had to be inspired by one of five modern architects and the target client was to be a young professional living in a pent-house flat in the city.
The AS students had just a term to research, develop ideas and create their fabrics and Suzanne came into school several times during the project to give valuable advice. The girls got to work with researching and developing their ideas, pushing boundaries of design in printing and fabric manipulation. Suzanne came to give the girls some useful mid project advice and before they finished the prints and fabrics ready for her to choose a winner for the Suzanne Barnes Design Award.
Suzanne attended an assembly on Wednesday 25 March at which some of the girls' work was showcased before the overall winner of the Design Award was presented: many congratulations to our winner Emma Shortland.
Congratulations also to the other girls participating in this project - Joanna Brown, Katie Shannon, Natasha Patel and Stavroulla Joannou.
Our thanks go again to Suzanne Barnes for sharing her expertise with the girls.