University of Brighton Alumni Association

International award for Freya

A University of Brighton alumna has won an international award for design.

Freya Richmond is the only designer from the UK among the three winners of the Printeriors 2018 design competition, run by the

Federation of European Screen Printers Associations (FESPA), a global federation of 37 national associations for the screen printing, digital printing and textile printing community. Two other winners are from Sweden and Denmark.

The winning designs will feature in this year’s Printeriors Airport Lounge of the Future, at FESPA Global Print Expo, which takes place from 15 to 18 May 2018 at the Messe exhibition centre in Berlin.

The competition was run in conjunction with ARTS THREAD, a world-leading network for new creatives, received 180 entries.

Freya, who graduated from the University with a BA(Hons) in Printed Textiles with Business Studies last summer, is now working for Richard Quinn screen printing and sublimation printing on to fabrics.

She said: “Wow, this is hugely exciting and what an incredible opportunity for me as a print designer to see my prints come to life at FESPA. Arts Thread have been a huge support in emerging designers, welcoming them in to the industry. Thank you to Artsthread and FESPA for choosing my designs to be part of this amazing show. Very much looking forward to Berlin. ”

The winners were decided by competition judges: Christian Duyckaerts, FESPA President and owner of Retail Communicators; Christophe Aussenac, FESPA Vice President and director ATC Groupe; and Debbie McKeegan, textile ambassador for FESPA.

The brief was to design a pattern to be realised in every element of the Printeriors feature entitled ‘Airport Lounge of the Future 2030’. The final three designs will be used on furniture, walling, flooring, windows and soft furnishings.

Debbie McKeegan said: “The quality of entries for our first Printeriors competition was exemplary and a tribute to the talent of the next design generation. After careful consideration, and much deliberation, three designers offering a unique vision were selected.”

Christian Duyckaerts adds: “The number of good design entries made it very difficult to pick three winners. The winning designs reflect a perfect combination between design and colour selection within three totally different atmospheres and all of them very suitable for printed interior design. I’m looking forward to seeing how they are realised in Printeriors.”

The three winners have won a trip to FESPA 2018 in Berlin to see their designs come to life in Printeriors 2018. For more information on Printeriors and FESPA Global Print Expo visit:

To see all the winners and more information on ARTS THREAD, go to:


Nic Ashton • April 3, 2018

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