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Bamboo and reused materials earn student Rebecca Diggle a place at international design comp

Rebecca's designs
Rebecca will represent the UK at the SDC Grand Final in India in November

NTU student Rebecca Diggle is set to represent the UK at a global competition in India hosted by the Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC). Rebecca, 21, has just been awarded the SDC International Design Competition UK national title, and will be heading out to Mumbai in November to compete against 11 other countries including Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

About the competition

The SDC's annual International Design Competition aims to demonstrate the creative, imaginative and original use of colour in either fashion or textiles. The competition is open to students from across the UK and receives hundreds of submissions from around the globe. The 2013 theme Fashion for the Future? incorporated sustainability in design as part of the brief.

Rebecca's designs

Rebecca, a decorative arts student at NTU, chose a theme focusing on landscapes, folk art and nomadic influences, recycling old garments and fabric off-cuts as part of her presentation. She also incorporated organic bamboo fabric, a highly sustainable raw material, that she printed on and embellished with a rubber-based heat treatment to give extra adornment.

Rebecca, from Hertfordshire, said: "The reuse and regeneration of materials will be really important in the future and this collection aims to explore the use of added materials, embellishments and alterations of garments.

"The competition has been a great opportunity to research colour and combine this with my interest in sustainable materials. I feel honoured to be chosen to represent the UK and I am looking forward to the amazing experience of the finals in India."

During her all expenses paid trip, Rebecca will have the opportunity to visit textile companies, meet representatives from industry and attend the competitions grand final, where the winner will be awarded with a £1,000 prize.

Comment from Tracy Cochrane from the SDC: 

"We'd like to congratulate Rebecca and wish her the best of luck in representing the UK in the grand final. All the judges were impressed with Rebecca's work and with her tremendous enthusiasm.

"The Society has more than a Century's worth of knowledge and experience working within the textile industry and we are especially proud of our role working with young people from around the globe on the science of colour. This competition is a good way to explore the innovative ideas and new technologies used by some of the best student designers who really embrace the use of colour in their designs."

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