18 February 2012

The Green Society at Bucks New University

The Green Society was established with the aim of creating awareness of green issues at the university. To help students become more aware of sustainability and green issues that affect our specific chosen subjects; expressing the importance of knowledge of sustainability for our future employability.
We want this society to be seen as another way for students to actively get involved in projects and schemes.
The idea for the society was formed when a number of Textiles Surface Design students created a group called Green Shed in 2010. We soon realised other students were interested in these sorts of issues, so we decided to set up a University wide group. We are all volunteers and meet to discuss and choose projects. 
The Green Society is run by a committee made up of a chair, secretary and treasurer. 
Our future plans are to touch base with international green organisations and get involved in carrying out projects all around the UK. 
Every member has also taken part in Energy Champion training. 
Founding Members, Lauren, Grace, Liza (Chair) and Gavin.
We are currently working on a variety of campaigns that we plan to begin very shortly, these include:
  • Designing and creating a garden for a local festival
  • Involvement with plans with the Woodland Service and High Wycombe and environment centre
  • Moss Graffiti and Gorilla gardening campaigns in different areas of London
  • Competitions such as the “chipshopawards” www.chipshopawards.com
  • Involvement of students at Bucks New Uni, such as volunteering events around the University and an accreditation scheme.

Watch this space for future events. For more information about the society and University initiatives click here

12 February 2012

Second Year Knit Students visit Pitti Filati Trade Fair in Florence, Italy.

Second Year Knitted Textiles students flew to Florence last weekend and Anisah reported from the show. Everyone had a wonderful four day visit.

'The trend area was an insightful highlight. ‘Futurural’ was the main theme of the show with subthemes of ‘Future Farm’, ‘Rural Scape’, ‘Sunday’, and ‘A-Mish’. The mood was futuristic and fresh. The show explored the relationship between people and the rural environment with an emphasis on natural fibres and colours. I thought it was a fitting trend due to the pressures on the design world to become more environmentally aware. A few companies were promoting natural yarns, reaffirming the idea of sustainable textiles.' 

This is the leading trade fair showcasing yarns for the knitting industry, with a careful eye on technological innovations and services for the textile industry. The Spazio Ricerca is the “laboratory” where future trends are tested and previewed. Pitti Filati is held in Florence twice a year.

08 February 2012

New Design Britain Awards

Surface Designers visit the INTERIORS UK show 

Second Year Surface Design students visited the INTERIORS UK 2012 show at the NEC in Birmingham January 2012 to meet designers and manufactures.

Graduates Wendy Braithwaite (Printed Textiles 2011) and Lucy Alice Porter (Surface Design 2011) were selected to show their work as part of the New Design Britian Showcase.

Lucy was awarded the 'Highly Commended' prize in the Furniture Awards at the New Design Britain Awards 2012. Many Congratulations to Lucy and Wendy!

Also Many Congratulations to James Uren (Bucks Furniture Graduate 2011) who won the Furniture Prize and the People's Choice Award so it was a good day all round for Bucks graduates!

See all the winners at www.interiorsuk.com

'The New Design Britain Awards are one of the most important competitions in the UK for young design talent, giving recognition to students for innovative and ground-breaking work and providing an opportunity for INTERIORS UK to encourage new young stars and look to the future of the furniture industry.

INTERIORS UK 2012 showcased work from the four finalists from each of the four categories, with the winners announced at the show. Winners each won a placement at a leading industry supplier.'