Textile Design Students Win Top Prizes in Virginia Jackson Design Competition

Laura Cherry's design wins first place in the print category.

Laura Cherry’s design wins first place in the print category.

Philadelphia University graduate textile design students collected five out 10 prizes awarded in the International Textile Market Association’s (ITMA) annual Virginia Jackson Design Competition.

In the print category, master’s student Laura Cherry won first place and Yan Zeng earned second.

In the jacquard category, Zhiwen Wang ’16 earned first place, Minshu Liang ’15 tied for second place and Kailey Smith ’15 earned honorable mention.

“Philadelphia University dominated the award winners in both the print and jacquard categories,” said Wesley Mancini, ITMA Educational Foundation chair. “PhilaU is setting itself apart from other schools by showing the world it is both a technical and an aesthetic school. Award-winning caliber students and graduates capable of creating the ideal union between aesthetics and industry build confidence with companies looking to hire.”

All five winning PhilaU designs will be showcased at ITMA’s Showtime trade show in High Point, N.C., May 31 to June 3. In addition, all student winners receive cash awards and first-place winners will have all expenses paid to attend the Showtime trade show, where they will participate in networking and portfolio events, industry showcases and meet with industry leaders. The semi-annual show is the largest home textiles show in the nation, where industry leaders present their latest designs to home furnishings manufacturers.

Zhiwen Wang’s design wins first place in the jacquard category.

Zhiwen Wang’s design wins first place in the jacquard category.

ITMA’s Education Foundation also donated $2,000 to Philadelphia University’s textile design programs for producing two first-place winners.

PhilaU students have consistently earned top awards in the competition, which recognizes talented textile students for their designs for residential upholstery use.

“The Virginia Jackson Design Competition is a wonderful, real-world experience where our textile design students showcase their talents against their peers from other universities,” said Marcia Weiss, coordinator of the undergraduate textile design program. “This nationally recognized competition illustrates the strength of PhilaU’s textile design programs, which leverage the great resources provided on campus.”

The annual competition is sponsored by ITMA’s Educational Foundation. In all, 55 entries were submitted from seven schools, including Rhode Island School of Design, North Carolina State University and University of Georgia.

Philadelphia University’s textile design programs prepare graduates for careers in print, woven or knit textile creation in the global textile marketplace and provide students with the latest technology and state-of-the-art facilities, including The Center for Excellence of Digital Printing.

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