Acclaimed Fashion Designer Commissions Student Project

Acclaimed Fashion Designer Commissions Student Project

An acclaimed fashion designer has commissioned a University Centre at Blackburn College student to create a monumental mural.

Patrick Grant – who is a judge on BBC Two competition show The Great British Sewing Bee – commissioned BA (Hons) Fine Art student Emma Colbert to produce a large-scale mural at Cookson & Clegg in Blackburn.

Patrick said: “The mural has transformed the workspace from every angle – providing a burst of joyous colour.

“Emma was a total pleasure to work with and the collective effort of the project was great!”

The final piece was completed with assistance from Emma’s University Centre peers; a group talented fledgling artists including Lydia McCaig, Jack Bolton and Jane Beckwith – with whom the £2,000 commission was shared with.

Emma said: “It was a great experience to create this mural and I’m very proud of how the final piece turned out.

“Working alongside members of my year group on a commissioned project has been wonderful and I look forward to working on more projects such as this in the future.”

The commission – inspired by pattern cutting designs of the garments manufactured at Cookson & Clegg – is testament to the high level of talent the University Centre at Blackburn College nurtures.

Jamie Holman, BA (Hons) Fine Art Programme Leader added: “This project is the type of high-level commissioning and scholarship that our students engage with on a regular basis.

“It exemplifies the quality of talent we nurture and the type of graduate we are able to develop.”

Emma’s high-level commission comes hot on the heels of the success of recent graduate Stella Boothman – who was commissioned by Manchester United footballer Phil Jones to create a sculpture to be displayed in the England player’s home.

Jamie added: “It is an exciting time for the BA (Hons) Fine Art degree programme at the University Centre at Blackburn College.

“Our students are regularly exhibiting, publishing their work and engaging with collectors and curators, which provides them with key employability skills and invaluable work experience”

Places still remain for courses starting September 2019. Prospective students are advised to visit www.blackburn.ac.uk to secure a place.

9 May 2019, 11:52 AM

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