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Darlington student wins design competition
A DARLINGTON student has won a national competition which raises awareness of child labour in the textile industry.
Charlotte Wildsmith, 21, a textile design student at De Montfort University, went up against students from around the country to win the annual GoodWeave (correct) rug design competition.
She will now see her design knotted into a rug by Jacaranda Carpets, a sponsor of the competition.
This will then go on display at the interior design show Decorex International, at Kensington Palace, from September 22 to 25.
The competition celebrates emerging young talent and encourages young designers to consider the importance of ethical manufacturing from the very start of their careers.
GoodWeave is an organisation which works to end child labour in the rug industry and offers educational opportunities to children in weaving communities in South Asia.
Miss Wildsmith said: “Winning the competition was a fantastic way to finish off the second year of my textiles degree.
“I was overwhelmed when I found out. It will be amazing to see my piece exhibited.”
“This competition has been an invaluable experience, showing me how easily my woven designs can be translated into other products, such as the hand knotted rug.
“I also enjoyed learning all about the work GoodWeave do to stop child labour in the rug industry - this is a very important issue in the textile industry.”
Interior designer Ella Doran was one of the judges of the competition. She said: “Charlotte’s design wooed us all.
"I particularly was drawn to the colour range of Charlotte’s design as I found it striking, original and unusual.”
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