A young mother from Moss Side has spoken of her disbelief at winning a young designer award in New York in May.
Kera Allen, a second-year textile design student at the University of Bolton, was handed the award at the Surtex Designext Awards, along with $1,000 and letters of recommendation.
The 23-year-old told TNT that: “On a personal level, it felt amazing to have been able to have such an opportunity, I never thought I’d be in New York for any reason, let alone a design competition”.
Each entrant for the award had to design six original surface designs inspired by ‘Tribal in Art Deco’, which were then applied to fashion-wear.
Kera added: “I’ve never designed for fashion before which is why I wanted to give it a try.
“I began to research the theme in books and researched upcoming trends. I thought of my fashionable friends and what they would wear.
“I had one particular friend and I imagined what she would wear on a night out or on a summer’s day and the colours she liked”.
With one more year of BA in Textiles and Surface Design to go, Kera is now looking to focus on her family and her studies as she plans to become a designer in the future.
Professor George E Holmes DL, Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton, spoke of his pride at hearing of Kera’s success.
He said: “To win such a highly prestigious competition in New York against the very best young designers in the world is an incredible achievement.
“Her victory is a great boost for this University which prides itself on its high teaching standards and in providing opportunities for our hard working students”.
The Surtex Designext student design competition was narrowed to a list of four women for the New York event, with all three of the other competitors hailing from art and design centres in the US.