Washington student Laura Smith’s dazzling designs honoured

Washington student Laura Smith with some of her work.

Washington student Laura Smith with some of her work.

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A creative student from Washington celebrated her passion for fashion and desire for dazzling designs at the opening of a specialist design college’s 2015 Degree Show.

BA (Hons) Textiles & Surface Design final year student Laura Smith, 22, showed her wallpaper creations at the event.

Laura Smith receives an award from principal Martin Raby.

Laura Smith receives an award from principal Martin Raby.

Her work is inspired by dreams and the experiences created by the imagination, which she captured by using her own personal experiences while dreaming.

The work was on display at Cleveland College of Art & Design’s campus in Hartlepool, which featured works from 12 degree courses, including graphics, production design, textiles and photography.

Laura said: “After graduating I plan to work freelance and continue to produce my designs, while gaining experience to eventually teach in design and technology.”

At a presentation, Laura also received an award for her final year work, which she exhibited at a top design event in Paris in February.

Washington student Laura Smith.

Washington student Laura Smith.

During the exhibition, visitors experienced a huge array of works, including costumes, wallpapers, clothing, prints, films and illustrations. Martin Raby, principal of Cleveland College of Art & Design, said: “It is always inspiring to see the creativity and talent that our students such as Laura produce, with this year even better than ever, and I offer my congratulations to them all.

“The students have worked tremendously hard, and they can be justly proud of their final work, as I am sure are their family and friends.”

CCAD is the only specialist art and design school in the north east, with a further education site in Middlesbrough as well as the university level campus in Hartlepool.

It is also one of only a few specialist art and design colleges in the country.

Famous alumni include South Shields-born Sir Ridley Scott and Mackenzie Thorpe, from Middlesbrough.

l For more information on opportunities at CCAD contact (01642) 288888 or visit www.ccad.ac.uk.