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Northumberland College student set for Hand and Lock National Student Final

Northumberland College student set for Hand and Lock National Student Final  
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Northumberland College HND Fashion and Textiles student, Suzanne Treacy, has been shortlisted for ‘The Prize 2016’, London’s premier embroidery house, Hand and Lock’s National Student Award.

The 51-year-old from Morpeth has made it down to the top six in the textiles competition, over thousands of entries from across the world and will attend the final awards ceremony in London at the Bishopsgate Institute this November.


After deciding to turn her hobby into a career, Suzanne enrolled onto a course at Northumberland College last year, to follow her dreams of working in the fashion industry.


Towards the end of 2015, tutors encouraged students to submit a piece of work to the prestigiousinternational competition known as "The Prize" and Suzanne entered a piece into the textiles student category.

Hand and Lock are well known for providing embellishment services to the Royal Family, Michael Jackson, top European design houses, the Royal Armed Forces, Savile Row and members of the public.


The Annual Hand and Lock Prize for Embroidery was established in 2000 to give new designers, interested in embroidery, the opportunity to showcase their talents and gain vital exposure and experience.


Patrick O'Doherty, Head of Art Design, IT, Digital and Business at Northumberland College said: "Over a decade later the Prize receives thousands of entries from fashion students and talented enthusiasts from all over the world. Former winners have gone on to start their own successful business or work in the industry for top design houses.


"It is a tremendous experience and achievement for Suzanne and we wish her all the best for the finals in November and hope this encourages other students to take part in future competitions."


Fashion entrants like Suzanne, are asked to design a fashion garment that takes inspiration from the Prize brief, with the submission being used to showcase design skill as well as ability to embroider by hand. Judges look at concept, execution, construction, hand embroidery skill and overall presentation.


Those who are placed within the top three receive a placement, a weekend course and a unique handmade embroided piece to keep, as well as one year's subscription to Hand and Lock.


Suzanne said: "What started off as a hobby is turning into the start of a very promising career in an area I love. Hand and Lock are huge in the textiles industry, so to have come this far after only one year of studying is an exceptional achievement."


"I am so proud of myself and grateful to all of the support Northumberland College have offered me and can't wait to get stuck into my second year of studies."


Those who study on a HND Fashion and Textiles course will study all aspects of textiles including, surface decoration and embellishments, textiles for interiors and printed and fine art textiles.


HNDs are nationally recognised vocational qualifications and offer a 'fast track' two-year route into work in the creative industries.

To find out more about Northumberland College's courses in Fashion and Textiles visit www.northumberland.ac.uk