A 22-year-old textile designer from Jedburgh has attracted the attention of two major retailers, and is now hoping to land her dream job.
Stacey Etieve graduated from Heriot-Watt University’s School of Textiles and Design in Galashiels in June and was talent-spotted at the New Designers Exhibition in London last month.
Retail giant John Lewis featured her as one of the UK’s most innovative graduates in the ‘John Lewis Loves’ section of its website after the firm’s design team admired her interior design prints that were inspired by a poem called “The Dash”, by Linda Ellis.
But John Lewis is not the only big brand after Stacey’s creative flair.
Designers from Next approached her after seeing the exhibition, which showcases new art and design talent from more than 3,000 graduates and fledging companies.
Stacey said: “I still can’t believe it. Being recognised by John Lewis and featuring on their website was a dream come true, but getting a call from Next was the cherry on top.
“I was given a design brief to create three of four prints for interior fabrics for Next’s spring 2015 collection, and if they like my work there’s an opportunity to be employed as a junior designer at their head office in Leicester.
“This is my dream job, so I’ve been working extremely hard over the past three weeks to ensure my designs fit with the Next brand.”
Stacey’s interior design collection uses simple colours with lots of white space to keep it fresh and to highlight her unique prints on natural fabrics.
Mark Parker, from the School of Textiles and Design, said: “Making sure our graduates are employed with major brands is always an aim of ours. Stacey is an incredibly-talented designer and we’re proud that she’s being recognised by both John Lewis and Next.
“The number of students from our course winning awards and finding employment has been outstanding and underlines the quality of work produced by our students year after year.”
He added: “Stacey’s success is testament to the talent we have at our school and how our courses prepare students for employment in the fashion and interior textiles industry.”