undefinedA Blackburn College fashion student could see her designs being worn by an award-winning artist after her work was displayed in an exhibition at an internationally renowned art school.

Victoria Snape from Burnley was one of four students from the College who had the chance to chat to Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry following the exhibition held by UAL (University of the Arts London) at Chelsea College of Art and Design.

Victoria, who recently achieved a distinction in her UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design, was chosen along with classmates Sophie Billingham, Tom McLaughlin and Jessica Hayes to feature in the exhibition, which showcases work by students from across the country who are studying for UAL qualifications.

And the bold 22 year old, who specialises in fabric design and jewellery making, grabbed her chance to speak to Grayson, one of UAL’s governors, and ask whether she and her fellow students could submit clothing designs to him.

Grayson, who is well known for his flamboyant outfits and often appears at events as his alter-ego, ‘Claire’, was happy to accept Victoria’s approach, and the students have agreed to send him designs based on exhibits at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery.

Victoria, who will be studying for her UAL Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media at Blackburn College from September, said: “The whole evening just didn’t feel real! It was fantastic to meet Grayson – he gave us all great advice about our work and we’re really excited to have the chance to submit our designs to him.

“I’ve never had this kind of opportunity before, but our tutors give us lots of encouragement – not just to achieve good grades but to think about our ambitions and future careers.

“I never thought I’d see my work in an exhibition in London, but the support I’ve had from Blackburn College has really given me confidence in my work.”

Victoria hopes her studies at Blackburn will lead on to a degree course in fashion textiles or product design, and following her success at the exhibition has her sights set on Chelsea.

18 Sep 2014, 10:46 AM