Three PhilaU Textile Designers Win at Virginia Jackson Design Competition

Three textile design students from Philadelphia University won awards at the annual Virginia Jackson Design Competition, with one student representing the University in each of the three categories.

Mary Armacost won first place in the dobby category. Katherine Labate won honorable mention for third place in the jacquard category, and Elizabeth Weissert won honorable mention for third place in the print category. PhilaU students won three of the nine awards given out, which was tied for the most combined awards by school in the competition.

The Virginia Jackson Design competition is sponsored by the Educational Foundation of the International Textile Market Association — the producer of the semiannual Showtime fabric show in High Point, N.C. The winning designs will be displayed in the Suites at Market Square in High Point throughout the summer Showtime event from June 5 to 8.

“The ITMA Educational Foundation provides outstanding support to our textile design students and the program,” said Marcia Weiss, assistant professor and program coordinator of textile design. “Competitions such as the Virginia Jackson Design Competition create a wonderful opportunity for our students to showcase their talents to the textile industry. It’s great to have this forum to share the outstanding work of Mary, Kat and Liz.”

Armacost and the textile design department received a $1,000 prize for her first-place award, and she will receive an all-expense paid trip to Showtime. Labate and Weissert received $250 each for their honorable mention finishes.

This year, 11 schools submitted a total of 63 entries to be judged in the competition. The designs were evaluated by industry professionals based on their aesthetic form, ability to be manufactured and applicability to furniture products.

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