Supporting The Glasgow School of Art
The Begg x Co Degree Show Preparation Bursary was awarded to 4 final year students in the department of BA (Hons) Textiles.
The four Bursaries have been awarded to each Textile Design area (Knitted, Printed, Embroidered and Woven Textiles) and will help students with the costs of preparation for final Degree Show exhibitions, such as The GSA Degree Show and New Designers. The Bursary recipients were selected by the Awards and Prizes panel and announced at the Degree Show in May this year.
The Begg x Co Scholarship will support a final year student in BA (Hons) Textiles and will be offered in conjunction with a three-month paid internship at Begg x Co.
Anita Sarkezi-Gear (She/Her)
GSA student Anita studied BA (Hons) Textile Design specialising in Printed Textiles, a recipient of the Begg x Co Degree Show Preparation Bursary. Anita is a 4th year BA (Hons) Textile Design student from Slovenia, based in Glasgow. Her textile research and practice revolve around exploring the relationship between traditional ways of textile making and digital technologies, where colour plays an essential role.
'As a textile designer specialising in weaving, I'm mindful of using materials and processes sustainably. My practice is informed by traditional folkloric textiles connected to my Slavic heritage while utilising digital technologies. What feeds my practice is continuous exploration, pushing the boundaries of weave and a desire to reinvent tradition.'
The Begg x Co Scholarship will support Anita in her BA (Hons) Textiles degree in conjunction with a three-month paid internship at the Begg x Co mill in Ayr, Scotland.
Lucie Peslova (She/Her)
GSA graduate Lucie Peslova, studied BA (Hons) Textile Design specialising in Woven Textiles, a recipient of the Begg x Co Degree Show Preparation Bursary.
"My final project explores the theme of trauma and mindfulness as a way forward from creative anxiety where the emphasis is placed on the process of making as a restorative practice and material exploration. Repurposing discarded materials and end of yarns, and using traditional craft methods, the designs reveal themselves through repetition where simple colour combinations, dominated by availability of materials, accentuate the geometric structure and pattern. In piecing segments together I explore resemblance to the healing process, where a new structure is being formed while the fragility and signs of trauma remain visible within. My textiles evoke softness and a sense of touch, and are aimed at both fashion and interiors." Discover more of Lucie's work on the GSA Showcase.
Bethany Pringle (She/Her)
GSA graduate Bethany Pringle, studied BA (Hons) Textile Design specialising in Printed Textiles, a recipient of the Begg x Co Degree Show Preparation Bursary.
"This collection of contemporary prints for textiles and materials has been designed for interior applications. Inspired by form, shape, colour and texture found in brutalist architecture, aspects of concrete surface details and urban environments have been captured through collage, colour work and digital exploration." Discover more of Bethany's work on the GSA Showcase.
Elise Prentice (She/Her)
GSA graduate Elise Prentice, studied BA (Hons) Textile Design specialising in Embroidered Textiles, a recipient of the Begg x Co Degree Show Preparation Bursary.
"I am a textile designer and artist with a focus on slow, analogue processes and a passion for capturing spontaneous and charmingly imperfect drawing through stitch. My work is heavily influenced by an initial drawing process which puts intuitive, organic mark-making at the forefront and is bolstered by a deep love for contextual and historical research which compliment each other to create pieces that put an endearing twist on traditional techniques." Discover more of Elise's work on the GSA Showcase.
Holley Sweet (She/Her)
GSA graduate Holley Sweet, studied BA (Hons) Textile Design specialising in Knitted Textiles, a recipient of the Begg x Co Degree Show Preparation Bursary.
"The “Colour and Touch” collection appeals to the tactile senses. I have explored this by playing with interesting textured yarns as well as making engaging structures through the uses of elastic that make the fabric more interactive and touchable. For example, a few of the pieces resemble a bubble wrap like feel. The raised chunky, circle figuring is made more prominent and 3D with the use of elastic in-between, engaging our tactile senses to push and squeeze the 3d form." Discover more of Holley's work on the GSA Showcase.
Begg x Co Scholarship
The Begg x Co Scholarship is currently open for applications and the selected GSA student will be awarded at the beginning of the school year in September.
Beyond the funding to be used on fees and maintenance, the student will also be offered a 3 month paid internship at Begg x Co after their Final Degree Show in May 2023.
This partnership with The Glasgow School of Art represents our commitment to supporting access to quality education, a key part of our Responsibility Pledge. We look forward to growing this partnership with the launch of the scholarship and to future support of the BA (Hons) Textile Design students at GSA.