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Surtex, the annual tradeshow for the surface design industry, chose four winners from the designext international student competition. Winners will participate in the show to be held May 18-20 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

“Each year the designext participants continue to surprise us with their passion for surface design – made evident through their work. We applaud them for taking advantage of this competition, which in turn is sure to help launch a promising career in art and design,” said GLM Vice President and SURTEX Show Manager Penny Sikalis.

Characterizing the future of surface design, the four winners are students enrolled in specialized design programs at colleges across the U.S., Canada and the UK. These students are Jenny Boucher, a third year student studying Material Arts & Design at Ontario College of Art & Design in Canada; Samantha Mast, a third-year student in the Crafts Department with an emphasis on Textile Design at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit; Tori McLean, a third-year student in Fashion & Textile Design at Winchester School of Art in the UK; and Karina Rasmussen, a senior in the Fashion/Textiles Design Department at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Street Inspiration was the theme for this year’s competition. Competing students were asked to produce and submit original surface designs stimulated by what they thought would be “street influences” in the year 2020. Submissions included six surface designs for one of the following categories: WEAR, WORK, LIVE and PLAY.

Over 70 submission from 14 colleges and universities worldwide were reviewed by a panel of judges highly regarded in the art and design community. Esteemed judged included Dorothy Cosonas, creative director of Knoll Textiles and Knoll Luxe; David Laubach, director of design, Avanti Press Inc.; Bonnie Mackay, principal, BMackay Consulting; and Susanne Martinez, vice president of design and product development, SFERRA Fine Linens.

Selected for their creativity and development of surface design, the four winners were also chosen for their design’s potential commercial appeal and their overall presentation. Each student appreciates a trip to New York City to take part in Surtex, where they display their winning entries in a booth presentation, accept a comprehensive critique of their portfolios by the judges and achieve exposure to potential industry colleagues through networking activities. One grand prize winner will also be awarded a $1,000 cash prize.

For more information contact, Michelle Daniels at mdaniels@glmmarkets.com.

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