Judges of the Textile Design Competition 2013

We at Purvaai feel incredibly lucky to have secured for the second year running some truly wonderful judges for our annual Textile Design Competition.

Just as in our launch year, 2012, this year also we have a selection of interior designers, retailers and academicians on the jury who represent a cross section of the design industry, into which the young designers participating in our competition will soon be making forays. The judges will be able to give them feedback, which will help them as they launch their careers

To learn more about the Judges for the Textile Design Competition 2013, read on.

Toolika Gupta- Independent Fashion and Textiles Researcher and Academic

Toolika GuptaToolika Gupta is a UK-based costume, textile and fashion enthusiast. With over 15 years of Academic, Administrative and Industry experience, her particular areas of interest include the history of textiles and fashion, especially Indian textiles, surface design techniques, sustainable and ethical fashion and fashion studies. She is a tutor at Buckinghamshire County Council for Indian Textiles and at Missenden Abbey where she teaches courses such as ‘An introduction to Indian Tie and Dye’ and ‘An Introduction to Indian Hand Embroidery’.

Toolika has run and participated in several workshops and presentations on the history of textiles, eco-friendly  textiles, craft-cluster development and more. Toolika is currently a PhD candidate at The University of Glasgow.

Nicola Holden- Interior Designer, ‘Nicola Holden Designs’

Nicola Holden, Interior Designer

Nicola Holden, Interior Designer, Nicola Holden Designs

Nicola Holden is an established interior designer, with her own boutique interior design company, ‘Nicola Holden Designs’, which specialises in bringing outstanding  contemporary design and decoration to all areas of residential interiors. Her work has been featured in 25 Beautiful Homes, Ideal Home Magazine and North West Magazine. She is an active member of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID), and writes her own blog as well as blogging regularly for Decorex International.
Freddie Oke- Co-founder and Proprietor, Do South

Freddie Oke- Proprietor, Do South

Freddie Oke- Proprietor, Do South

Freddie Oke, owner of Do South, runs a successful retail shop based in Crystal Palace, South London. He has opened his world of modern and vintage design to a discerning public that want beautiful things. His eye for colour and style is what makes Freddie’s imagination an enchanting experience. Having traveled the world extensively, he has built up a wide collection of interior pieces. He spent his early years playing and recording music for television and radio and has since gone on to create his new way of harmonies through beautiful furniture and objects.

Jo Walker – Founder and Proprietor, Pure Lana

Jo Walker, Founder and Proprietor, Pure Lana

Jo Walker, Founder and Proprietor, Pure Lana

Jo is an entrepreneur who is behind the luxury brand ‘Pure Lana’, which specialises in creating luxurious home-ware products using traditional craftsmanship and 100% organic textiles.

Pure Lana is renowned for producing unique products using textures with warmth and depth. Jo’s role is to ensure each collection strives to produce the perfect alignment of stylistic elements necessary to satisfy a diverse range of tastes.


Purvaai’s Textile Design Competition 2013
is an opportunity for talented young designers to be noticed by industry decision makers. With prizes totalling £400, this is a great platform from which to launch their careers. Register by April 1st and send in your competition entries no later than April 30th, 2013. Registration forms and info pack available to download here.

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Purvaai’s Textile Design Competition Reloaded- Students and Fresh Grads invited

Competition Participants

Entries from the competition in 2012

Calling all student designers and recent graduates of textile/ interior design programs! If you are a whiz at design and want to be noticed, then you simply can’t miss Purvaai’s second annual Textile Design Competition.

After a resounding response to our first ever competition last year, Purvaai’s Textile Design Competition 2013 is an opportunity for talented young designers- students and recent graduates of UK-based design programs, to showcase their talent to industry stakeholders and the public at large (and also a chance at winning the cash prize.)

The theme for Purvaai’s Textile Design Competition 2013 is ‘Naturally Yours’. This theme is drawn from a top trend emerging for 2013 of the ‘Natural Home’- a cozy nest of texture and pattern both inspired by nature and grounded in an earthly palette. “This trend directs the desire to reflect the natural world in a tranquil home environment”, says Llenay Ferretti, Trade Development Consultant East & Central Africa Trade Hub.

Even Pantone’s colour of the year is ‘Emerald’. Described as being  “Lively. Radiant. Lush… A colour of elegance and that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.” The Pantone site says, “It is the colour of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other colour conveys regeneration more than green.” As a generation turns its attention to conservation and regeneration, materials such as handloom cotton, raw silk, wool and un-dyed fibres in linen or flax put sustainability top of mind. There is an increased appreciation for natural plant-based dyes, which influences the approach to beauty in an ecologically friendly way.

According to trend agency Lobster Concepts, a new generation of designers is reviving traditional craft techniques. Less is more and humble yet precious textiles are leading.

With the theme of ‘Naturally Yours’, Purvaai’s Textile Design Competition 2013 provides young, talented designers a platform to present designs inspired by Nature. They are welcome to interpret this theme in their own special way.

Registration forms are now available for download on the site.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  1. 1st April 2013 – Last date to register by completing, signing and sending the registration form to competition@purvaai.co.uk
  2. 30th April 2013 (midnight) – Final deadline for submission of designs.