International Greetings UK – Europe’s biggest designer and producer of wrapping paper, based in South Wales has engaged, for the 5th consecutive year, with a ‘live’ project with CSAD BA Textiles final year students. The global company’s creative studio is the largest in Wales, and employs a large number of graduates from CSAD. The company specialises in surface pattern, design and reprographics, and holds a royal warrant, supplying gift wrap to the Queen and the royal households.
Collaborating with Head of Creative, Sarah Barker, Textile staff and students annually visit the production plant and design studio in South Wales, and work directly with design consultants, producing card designs, gift wrap and new products.
Prize winners Melissa McDonald, Daisy Norton, Lia Pritchard, Paige Strugnell, and Vaida Zigmantaite each won £350.00 prize monies and an eight-week work experience work placement.
Runners-up, Paige Strugnell (Product Development), Courtney Suller (Trend Development), Chloe Trew Commercial Concept & Application), Caroline Morgan Sketch Book/ Planning & Preparation), Jo White (Individual Development) were each awarded gift vouchers.
Dr Keireine Canavan, Head of Textiles, stated ‘We are tremendously grateful to International Greetings and Sarah Barker and her design team for this generous, ‘live’ opportunity. Consultancy working experiences are invaluable for students, who gain real working insights into the textile design and surface decoration industries, and prepares them for employment after graduation’.