Widnes textile student gains first class degree for her imaginative university project

Widnes textile student captures the damaging effect of pollution in fabrics

Widnes textile student captures the damaging effect of pollution in fabrics

First published in News Runcorn and Widnes World: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

AN imaginative student has captured the negative effects of pollution in a series of interior fabrics for her final year university project.

Gemma Grace, aged 22, has created a covered chair to demonstrate damage caused by the effects of the earth’s environment.

She used print, dye and machine embroidery to create a series of interesting textured surfaces on the fabrics.

Her idea came from studying corals and other types of organic forms.

Former Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College pupil, Gemma said: “My work soon evolved and my interest shifted to the negative effects of pollution on our planet.

“I then investigated topics such as bleaching, trawling, global warming and other negative factors on the environment and looked at how these things would affect marine life and inevitably, our own.”

Gemma, a student at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, developed another technique using devoré paste straight onto fabric which gives materials a burned and eaten away effect.

She received help from family-run firm, Arm Chair Upholstery in Widnes, to help bring the vision of her work to life.

She added: “I am hugely pleased with the result and incredibly grateful to the upholstery service that helped me with my finished product.”

Due to her highly creative final project and hard-work, Gemma has completed her degree with first class honours.


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