Anglia Ruskin University student Jennifer Allenby has won an RSA Student Design Award, and a cheque for £1,000, for her series of postage stamps inspired by leading British fashion designers – and a pot of tea!The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) Student Design Awards is the leading competition for young designers looking to apply their skills to tackle real-life challenges.
Jennifer, who is about to graduate with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from Anglia Ruskin, derived her idea for a set of stamps from the tradition of afternoon tea. Her stamps feature images of teapots wearing traditional tea cosies, which have in turn been inspired by iconic garments produced by some of the most famous names in British fashion.The 23-year-old, who is originally from Bishop’s Stortford and is studying in Cambridge, said: “I entered the RSA Postage Stamp competition not thinking I would win as this competition was for students at all universities in the UK, but I was amazed when I received an email saying that I had been shortlisted.“It has given me a great confidence boost with my work, because using fabrics isn’t common within the world of graphic design. I am going to put the prize towards a Masters at Anglia Ruskin in September 2012, and I also hope to start my own business combining fabrics and graphic design.”Commenting on Jennifer’s work, Sevra Davis, Senior Developer of Design Education at the RSA, said: “The judges were highly impressed with Jennifer’s set of stamps as she sought to combine fashion and a traditional British pastime through witty photographic images.
“Her work translated well to the small scale of the stamps. Her overall professionalism and commitment to design were evident in her project submission and her portfolio.”Royal Mail (initially as the Post Office) is the longest-standing sponsor of the RSA Student Design Awards programme, with the partnership beginning in 1967. This year’s competition saw approximately 600 students submit entries from over 65 colleges and universities around the UK, as well as entries being received from recent graduates and international students studying in Europe and Asia.
Jon Melton, Pathway Leader for the BA (Hons) in Graphic Design at Anglia Ruskin, said: “All of our graphic design undergraduates undertake national competition briefs in their third year as part of their professional practice.“Jennifer is one of our most competent and informed designers, who has recently been producing surface graphic textile designs for fashion industry clients. She logically reflected her growing experience of the sector, and her ability as an art director, within her concept for the prestigious RSA Competition – Royal Mail brief.”