PhilaU Students Win Big at Virginia Jackson Design Competition

Alumna Louise Sandstroem ’17 won first place in the jacquard design category.

Alumna Louise Sandstroem ’17 won first place in the jacquard design category.

Once again, Philadelphia University design students have taken the top awards in the International Textile Alliance’s Virginia Jackson Design Competition.

In the jacquard design category, B.S. in industrial design alumna Louise Sandstroem ’17 earned first place and $1,000 and M.S. in textile design student Oluwabusola Duroshola received second place and the $500 prize. The judges named M.S. in textile design student Emily Olsen first place in the dobby woven category, earning her $1,000.

The first-place students also will receive an all-expense paid trip to Showtime, the premier home furnishings textile trade show in High Point, N.C., in June. Here, they will network with leading design industry executives and tour the trade-only showrooms.

“The Virginia Jackson Design Competition provides a wonderful opportunity for our design students to showcase their talents on an international stage,” said Marcia Weiss, PhilaU associate professor of textile design. “This real-world design experience–creating home furnishings designs–also provides great exposure for the winning students. They’re incredibly talented, and the Virginia Jackson Design Competition gives them the chance to shine.”

Textile design student Emily Olsen earned first place in the dobby woven category.

Textile design student Emily Olsen earned first place in the dobby woven category.

PhilaU students have consistently won top prizes for at least a decade in the national competition, which recognizes students for their designs for residential upholstery use. Jurors, made up of industry design leaders, analyze the projects based on creative concept, furniture application, color and applicability to other home furnishings.

Other schools that participated this year include Savannah College of Art and Design, North Carolina State University, Michigan State University, University of Georgia and New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.

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