Four Students Picked as Surtex Designext Award Winners

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.-Four winners of the designext international student competition, organized annually by Surtex, have been selected and will participate in the show when it is held in May.

The winners are Tai Lin Hsieh, a senior in textiles design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco; Suzanne Lefebvre, a senior in the Graphic & Interior Design Department at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y.; Poppy Maxfield, a third-year student in printed textiles and surface patterns at Leeds College of Art in Yorkshire, U.K.; and Kirby Smith, a senior in the Fibers Department at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga.

The competition's theme was "Outdoor Celebration in the Year 2020." The students were challenged to create an overall concept and a minimum of six surface designs that projected future trends. More than 50 submissions from 16 colleges and universities throughout the world were received.

Each of the students will receive a trip to New York City, an in-depth critique of their portfolio by a panel of judges and exposure to the industry through networking activities as well as booth presentation at Surtex. One winner will be picked to receive a $1,000 cash reward. The show is scheduled for May 20-22 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

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