Textiles student collaborates for Christmas

Third year BA (Hons) Textile Design student, Amy McDonogh, has collaborated with textile designer Samantha Hall to create bespoke designs for their new range, ‘Coming Home for Christmas’.

Bringing together images from nature and four of the UKs most popular dog breeds, the pair have created designs for notebooks and cards, dog collars and leads - all led by their desire to create items that have the least impact on the environment.

Amy was supposed to complete a period of work experience with Samantha over the summer, but this was unable to take place due to COVID restrictions. However, Samantha picked up on Amy’s talent and business knowledge, and the offer of work experience developed into a collaboration. 

Amy said “I wouldn’t say it was solely work experience or a collaboration but a mixture of both. It has been an incredible experience. I have learnt so much about pattern design, social media marketing and business. Sam gave guidance and constructive feedback about my work and never made me feel inferior when something wasn’t working.”

Samantha said, “Working with a MET student was fantastic. Amy is not only an amazing artist, but her communication skills, willingness to learn and to be open to ideas has been great.”

Asked if she has any tips for aspiring designers, Amy said, “Don’t let COVID-19 put you off from contacting employers for experience. Sam and I found a way of working together remotely during the height of the pandemic.”

You can check out their collaboration here.

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