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Judges South Centre 2018

Kyla Boulter

I am a graduate of Textiles and Surface Pattern Design who achieved a First-class honours award; my work and skills are directed towards Fashion. Focusing on digital print, fabric manipulation and hand embroidery.

The skills I have are drawing, painting and mixed media, digital print, flock and foiling, devore, appliqué, sewing machine skills, machine and hand embroidery, smocking techniques and combining all of the above to create bold and contemporary statement fashion pieces.

During my 5-year University Degree I exhibited a piece of my bespoke embroidery art work alongside my peers at the British Trade Craft show in Harrogate.

I have also won 3rd prize at the Bradford and Textiles Society Competition on two separate occasions for producing mixed print and embellished samples in both fashion and interior design.

Having exhibited at the Design Business Centre of New Designers in London, presenting my final level 3 fashion garments and accessories using both traditional embroidery embellishments and combining them with contemporary digital prints, has given me invaluable experience as to what is current in the world of fashion.

My own work is unique and I like to create new and innovative couture fashion pieces.

Following my degree, I have become the Surface Pattern Designer for Cotton Traders, designing prints for fashion and also the Guinness clothing line and Help for Heroes accessories too.  


Nicky Simpson BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles (Print)

My initial career was in the fashion industry working in the heart of London as a print designer and colourist on behalf of a French mill based in Lyon. I went on to create seasonal fashion print collections buying and redesigning archive prints. I worked and designed for all the high street stores from Marks and Spencer to River Island. After 22 years I then went on to my second career of teaching Fashion & Textiles at Hillview School for Girls, having taught D&T Textiles at GCSE and A Level, BTEC Level 3 and Art & Design Textiles at GCSE and A Level, as well as mentored several graduate trainees. Edexcel/Pearson now exhibit our students work online as exemplars. I have also delivered tutorials at the Knitting and Stitching show and I present workshops to other textile teachers on behalf of the Textile Skills Academy.

Having retired from teaching, I am now doing my own contemporary art work building up my collection based on use of a heat press recreating the delicate nature of leaves and flora. I love all things textural and like to craft with a machine and hand embroidery combining layers and fabrics. Recently I have also become a volunteer aa London Hospital to help patients with art therapy.


Robert Leach  

Robert Leach was educated at Kingston University and graduated in 1981, has been in the fashion business for over 30 years, working first as designer in his own right, then in the field of styling and journalism, working for such visionary publications as the then fledgling i-D Magazine, in television and on advertising campaigns.He has been an Associate Lecturer at Central St Martins since 1992, and since 2002 he has been employed as a Senior Lecturer by the University of Westminster on the BA(Hons) Fashion Design course. He has worked alongside top fashion employers on student recruitment as well as on creative collaborations with lots of international fashion companies and design- related institutions. His first love is for visual research and his first book, The Fashion Resource Book explains the exciting process of researching for design to the young designer. His second book The Fashion Resource Book - Men, was published as a companion in March 2014 and covers the menswear design process; has lots of interviews with industry professionals and has a chapter on archetypal menswear garments.

Pam Buck

I have always had an interest in sewing, starting with dressing dolls, making my own clothes and clothes for my children until jeans became a permanent fixture! Whenmy children were at school I spent many years making stitched articles made from donated fabrics for sale at school functions. This led to an interest in patchwork and quilting and of necessity acquiring skills in colour coordination! After several years I took up machine embroidery swiftly followed by hand embroidery with adult education, alongside art lessons culminating in art   a level. I started a foundation course in fine art but after a year I was missing the stitching. My embroidery tutor suggested I apply to do a part time course in Windsor where I acquired a  Diploma in Stitched Textiles over two years receiving tuition from Jan Beaney, Jean Littlejohn,  Julia and Alex Caprara, Gwen Hedley and many other fine textile artists. I was accepted as a licentiate of the guild of master craftsmen but my membership has now lapsed. I was also a member of the quilters’ guild for several years. 

I then applied for a post with Adult Education teaching embroidery and spent the next 11 years teaching a variety of groups including students with special needs. I still teach privately, mostly hand embroidery, but I try to keep abreast of modern trends with mixed media, soldering irons and embellishing machines etc. with a fairly wide working knowledge of most branches of embroidery. I take an interest in current fashion and design. I have been a member of the East Kent branch of the Embroiderers Guild for more than twenty years and am currently chairman. 


Elizabeth Simms

Upon entering and winning YFD SE for GCSE 2015, AS 2016 and A2 2017, I decided to complete an Art and Design Foundation at Bath College to expand my knowledge and skills within fashion, and also experiment with combining resistant materials within textiles.  

However, upon completing this course I have discovered my love for sculpture and the freedom found through an artistic expression. I love to build upon conceptual foundations, which often grow from seeds of personal experiences and problems. Currently, I describe my practice as multimedia as the materials I use are often dictated by the connections to my conceptual expression. My curiosity to expand my knowledge beyond working with plastics, plaster, and wood and towards more advanced materials such as glass and ceramics has led me to apply and successfully get in, to study a BA Hons degree in 3D Design Crafts, at Plymouth College of Art. 

Alongside creative pass times, making and selling on Etsy and completing work placements, my project work throughout my foundation course, expressed my passion to create memorable experiences for my viewers. Designing and constructing installations and immersive environments through manipulating materials, lighting, and colour, have inspired me to look into interior design - specifically within theatre and film. I have plans to complete internships within prop or set design, but starting my own business also appeals to me, as this direction would allow me the freedom to expand on my own inspirations as opposed to possibly being restricted to specific briefs.  

However, in any direction I choose to take, I intend to promote the recycling of materials by reusing, restoring and sparking life to disregarded products through material manipulating processes.  

Nicky Percival

Nicky Percival has been a designer for over 30 years. Having trained in Interior Design, she moved into designing sets and costumes for productions at the National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and others. She then became a production designer for television drama where she worked for a decade at the BBC. After a period living in Singapore working in both theatre and television, Nicky returned to interior design working for architect led bespoke furniture company Roundhouse Design.  Since then, Nicky has continued her interior design work, concentrating on designing extensions, remodelling houses, fittings and furnishings for private clients. Nicky frequently collaborates with textile designers for bespoke solutions to upholstery and window treatments. Her interest in the design and use of textiles has been present her whole career and has an extensive collection of her own compiled during her many travels. 




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