2020

The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation Prize for Textiles, Arts University Bournemouth, 2020

The annual Textiles Prize for an AUB Textiles graduate was established in 2017 as part of our collaboration with AUB on the exhibition Lucienne Day: Living Design, which had launched at The Gallery, AUB that year.

The 2020 entries were presented and judged online. Four finalists were shortlisted by members of the AUB textiles team and the winner was chosen by Textiles Course Leader Anne Marie Howatt and our Trustee Mary V. Mullin.

Winner:
Lydia Kretowicz, BA Textiles

Lydia was awarded the £500 prize for ‘Fight for Flight’, a collection inspired by the British birds that are on the RSPB red list of conservation concern. The aim was to highlight the beauty of British birds through a series of printed fabrics, wallpapers and tiles for an interiors application.

The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation Prize for Textiles, Belfast School of Art, 2020

In 2020 we continued the Award which had been inaugurated in 2019 at The Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster, linked with the showing of the AUB touring exhibition Lucienne Day: Living Design at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Northern Ireland the previous autumn.

In 2020 the entrants' work was submitted and judged online. The winner was chosen by our Trustee Mary V. Mullin and Duncan Neil, Design Director of Irish linen company William Clark Ltd.

Winner:
Annabelle Pentland, BA Textiles

Annabelle Pentland was awarded the £500 prize for her collection of ‘conversationalist’ printed textiles, intended to dress life less seriously.

The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation Prize at RCA 2020

Robin and Lucienne Day both studied at the Royal College of Art, where they met in March 1940. Throughout their professional lives they maintained links with and actively supported the RCA. The Trustees inaugurated the Robin and Lucienne Day Prize to celebrate the Foundation’s official launch, held at the RCA in May 2015.

This year the Prize was awarded to a final-year textiles student whose project exhibited at the Work in Progress show in February was judged to make an outstanding contribution to innovative, practical and sustainable design. Foundation Chair Paula Day visited the Show under the guidance of Dr Anne Toomey, Head of Textiles, and Dr Fiona Curran, Senior Tutor, Mixed Media Textiles. Three students were shortlisted and invited to make written submissions for the Prize.

Winner:
Hannah Jones, Textile Design MA

Hannah was awarded the £2,000 prize for her work in progress ‘Lliw Lleol’ – Local Colour. She displayed development work for a database of natural dyes sourced by a year’s foraging for wild plants in North Wales. The materials used are unbleached and organic, and no environmentally damaging mordants are employed. Hannah intends her database to be used for educational and consultancy purposes, to influence the industrial production of textile and product design. The judges applauded the beauty and professionalism of her presentation and her project’s contribution to innovative, practical and sustainable design.

Hannah’s work is displayed in the Royal College of Art online Degree Show from 16th - 31st July 2020: https://2020.rca.ac.uk/student...

The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation Prize for Furniture, Kingston School of Art

We are delighted to be collaborating with Kingston School of Art Product and Furniture Design department on a Robin Day Furniture Project. Kingston tutors Alex Hellum and Carl Clerkin both taught in the Furniture Department at Bucks New University, formerly High Wycombe School of Art, where Robin Day trained in the 1930s. Kingston University is ranked as the UK’s top Design & Crafts school and the Kingston Product and Furniture Design BA is ranked as the UK’s top Product and Furniture Design course in the 2020 Guardian University League Tables.

A Robin Day event for 2nd and 3rd Year students was held in November 2019. Paula Day presented a talk about her father’s life and career, our Furniture Technician Amos Marchant spoke about working on reissues of Robin Day’s designs, and acclaimed furniture designer Lucy Kurrein gave a fascinating account of her own design practise. Over ninety students chose to undertake a brief inspired by the work of Robin Day. Amos Marchant with Paula Day reviewed the initial concepts in December and shortlisted five students from each year to be invited to develop their designs to submit for the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation Furniture Prize.

The five shortlisted 3rd Year students made presentations to Amos Marchant and Paula Day in February 2020, showing sketches, technical drawings and renders in digital and print format, small-scale models, and full-size prototypes.

Winner: Frank Winter, Kingston School of Art Product and Furniture Design BA

Frank Winter was awarded the 3rd Year students’ prize for his Pinch range of tables and shelving based on the unique new joint he had invented using laser-cut aluminium tubing. The judges applauded the focused development work he had carried out to produce a design which is both innovative and functional.

The £1,000 prize money is earmarked to prototype the design for exhibition at the online Kingston Degree Show.

2019

The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation and Arts University Bournemouth Prize for Textiles 2019

The annual Textiles Prize for an AUB Textiles graduate was established in 2017 as part of our collaboration with AUB on the exhibition Lucienne Day: Living Design, which had launched at The Gallery, AUB that year.

The 2019 Prize was judged at the students’ Final Textile Show by Anne Marie Howat, AUB Head of Textiles, and Mary Mullin, Foundation Trustee and Honorary Fellow of AUB. This year the bursary supplied by the Foundation was generously matched by the AUB Textiles Fund so that awards could be made to two winners. The Prizes were presented by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Stuart Bartholomew CBE at the AUB Graduation Ceremony on 20th June.

Joint Winners:
Aiste Karnisauskaite, BA Textiles
Brooke Wakeman, BA Textiles

Aiste Karnisauskaite was awarded one of the £500 prizes for ‘Wondrous Woodlands’, a collection of interiors fabrics and wallpapers highlighting the beauty of the Lithuanian forests, which are disappearing as a result of deforestation to meet the global demand for wooden furniture. 

Brooke Wakeman was awarded the other £500 prize for ‘A Clouded View’, a project using aerial views of landscapes captured by her own drone photography to inspire a geometric collection of furnishing fabrics and blankets. 

The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation Prize for Textiles, Belfast School of Art

In 2019 we made a special Award at The Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster, linked with the showing of the AUB touring exhibition Lucienne Day: Living Design at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Northern Ireland the previous autumn. All entrants for the Prize had visited the exhibition and made a special study of Lucienne Day’s work. 

The entries were judged by Duncan Neil, Design Director of Irish linen company William Clark Ltd, and our Trustee Mary Mullin. The prize was presented at the Ulster University Graduation Ceremony on 7thJune by Patricia Belford, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Art and Design.

Winner:
Siobhan Kelly, BA Textiles

Siobhan Kelly was awarded the £500 prize for a collection of designs using her drawings of distorted organic forms inspired by experiments with honeycomb and black ink.

The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation Prize for Textiles, NCAD Dublin

In 2019 we made a special Award at the National College of Art and Design, University College, Dublin, linked with the showing of the AUB touring exhibition Lucienne Day: Living Design at Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle the previous summer, which had provided an important resource and inspiration for NCAD textile students.

Our Trustee Mary Mullin interviewed the fifteen award entrants and co-judged the Award with NCAD tutors under the direction of Departmental Head Angela O’Kelly.

Winner:
Anya Paine, BA Textiles

Anya Paine was awarded the £500 prize for a collection of textiles displaying screen printed architectural lines with colour block on organic wool.

2018

The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation and Arts University Bournemouth Prize for Textiles 2018

In recognition of the Foundation’s close relationship with Arts University Bournemouth and collaboration on the AUB exhibition Lucienne Day: Living Design, launched in 2017 and now touring internationally, we have established an annual Textiles Prize for an AUB Textiles graduate.

The 2018 Prize was judged at the students’ Final Textile Show by Anne Marie Howat, AUB Head of Textiles, and Mary Mullin, Foundation Trustee and Honorary Fellow of AUB. The Prize was presented by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Stuart Bartholomew CBE at the AUB Graduation Ceremony on 29th June 2018

Winner:  
Lilli Rochford-Smith, BA Textiles

Runner-up:
Alice Blayden, BA Textiles

Commendations:
Annabel Criddle, BA Textiles
Roseanne Heron, BA Textiles

As the standard of work was so high this year the judges decided to divide the bursary between the winner and runners-up. The AUB Textiles Fund added £200 to the £500 bursary supplied by the Foundation.

2017

The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation and Arts University Bournemouth Prize for Textiles 2017

Photo: Tom Preston, Arts University Bournemouth

The Arts University Bournemouth exhibition Lucienne Day: Living Design, curated by AUB Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Emma Hunt and Foundation Chair Paula Day, was the first major exhibition of the Lucienne Day centenary year. Launched at The Gallery, AUB on January 12th 2017, it provided an important resource and inspiration for the university’s students in several disciplines, as well as members of the public. 

Linked to the exhibition, a special Prize for Textiles was created by the university and judged at the students’ Final Textile Show by Professor Emma Hunt, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of AUB, and Mary Mullin, Foundation Trustee and Honorary Fellow of AUB. The prize was presented by Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Bartholomew at the AUB Graduation Ceremony on June 30th 2017.

Winner:  
Aimee Hartley, BA Textiles

Aimee Hartley was awarded the £500 bursary for the work she displayed at her Final Textiles Show. This was judged to be outstanding in its use of a diversity of sustainable natural materials for a variety of applications and in conjunction with furniture design.

Lucienne Day Centenary Award for Lifetime Contribution to Lucienne Day Studies

Our Lucienne Day Centenary Award for Lifetime Contribution to Lucienne Day Studies was presented by Paula Day, Foundation Chair, at the Textile Society's Antique Textiles Fair on April 30th 2017.

Awarded to: 
Dr Jennifer Harris

In 1993, as Deputy Director and Textile Curator of the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, Jennifer curated the first-ever Lucienne Day retrospective, which was accompanied by her book Lucienne Day: A Career in Design. After retiring last year, she returned to the Whitworth to curate the current exhibition Lucienne Day: A Sense of Growth. In the intervening years Jennifer has lectured widely on Lucienne Day. She has given generously of her time to make the extensive Whitworth Lucienne Day collection accessible to the public, lending numerous items to the Barbican Art Gallery for their 2001 exhibition Robin and Lucienne Day: Pioneers of Contemporary Design, and supporting our photoshoot of the collection last year. We are deeply grateful to Jennifer Harris for her lifetime contribution to Lucienne Day Studies.

Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation Prize at RCA 2017

Robin and Lucienne Day both studied at the Royal College of Art, where they met in March 1940. Throughout their professional lives they maintained links with and actively supported the RCA. The Trustees inaugurated the Robin and Lucienne Day Prize to celebrate the Foundation’s official launch, held at the RCA in May 2015.

The Prize is awarded annually to a final-year student of textile or product design whose work, in the judgement of the RCA Rector and Foundation Chair, reflects Robin and Lucienne Day’s own commitment to social and environmental responsibility as well as high aesthetic quality.

In June 2017 Foundation Chair Paula Day reviewed the work of final-year Textiles MA and Design Products MA students under the guidance of Dr Fiona Curran, Senior Tutor, Mixed Media Textiles, and Dr Robert Phillips, Acting Head of Programme, Design Products.

Winners: 
Katrine Hesseldahl and Viktor Strimfors, Design Products MA.

Katrine and Viktor were awarded the £2,000 prize for their work on Strata, a modular furniture system addressing the wastage inherent in the design of, for example, a traditional sofa, which may be discarded to landfill simply because of damaged upholstery fabric or cushioning. Instead, a layer system is proposed, where the 'base layer' or frame is durable and may be reconfigured to make other kinds of furniture (shelving, table etc), while the middle and skin layers can be replaced when necessary and customised to suit personal aesthetics. The designers see 'the Logic of Layers' as applicable to many kinds of product.

2016

Robin Day Centenary Project at Buckinghamshire New University

Robin Day was born in High Wycombe and trained at High Wycombe School of Art, which was incorporated into Bucks New University. In his later years he actively supported the Bucks New University Furniture Department. The Trustees of the Foundation set up the Robin Day Centenary Project to celebrate Robin Day’s centenary and honour the furniture department in its final year before closure.

The Robin Day Centenary Project for final year Furniture BA Hons students was launched in November 2015 and run by Foundation furniture technician Amos Marchant and Bucks New University tutors Fiona Davidson and Alex Hellum. The students were invited to draw inspiration from Robin Day’s practise of using several different materials in one design and celebrating visible fixings / joints.

In June 2016 the students’ full-size design prototypes were reviewed and judged by Amos Marchant and Foundation Chair Paula Day.

Winner:
Madara Degtere, Furniture BA Hons

Madara Degtere was presented with a Robin Day Polypropylene Chair as a prize for her fully-realised design for a reclining chair.

Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation Prize at RCA 2016

Robin and Lucienne Day both studied at the Royal College of Art, where they met in March 1940. Throughout their professional lives they maintained links with and actively supported the College. The Robin and Lucienne Day Prize at RCA celebrates and continues this connection.

The Prize is awarded annually to a final-year student of textile or product design whose work, in the judgement of the RCA Rector and Foundation Chair, reflects Robin and Lucienne Day’s own commitment to social and environmental responsibility as well as high aesthetic quality.

In June 2016 Foundation Chair Paula Day reviewed the work of final-year Textiles MA and Design Products MA students under the guidance of Professor Anne Toomey, Head of Textiles, and Professor Sharon Baurley, Head of Design Products.

Winner:
Jacqueline Lefferts, Woven Textiles MA

Jacqueline Lefferts was awarded the £2,000 prize for her work to reduce materials waste and carbon footprint of garments by developing a single-process weaving technique which obviates the need for shipping to other manufacturers for sewing. 

2015

Robin Day Centenary Awards for Schools

The Robin Day Centenary Furniture Design Awards scheme was set up by the Foundation in association with the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers to celebrate Robin Day’s centenary.

One hundred schools across the country were presented with copies of Modern British Furniture: Design since 1945 to award to their best GCSE Design and Technology students.

Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation Prize at RCA 2015

Robin and Lucienne Day both studied at the Royal College of Art, where they met in March 1940. Throughout their professional lives they maintained links with and actively supported the RCA. The Trustees inaugurated the Robin and Lucienne Day Prize to celebrate the Foundation’s official launch, held at the RCA in May 2015.

The Prize is awarded annually to a final-year student of textile or product design whose work, in the judgement of the RCA Rector and Foundation Chair, reflects Robin and Lucienne Day’s own commitment to social and environmental responsibility as well as high aesthetic quality.

In June 2015 Foundation Chair Paula Day reviewed the work of final-year Textiles MA and Design Products MA students under the guidance of Professor Clare Johnston, Head of Textiles, and Professor Sharon Baurley, Head of Design Products.

Winner:
Lucy Rainbow, Printed Textiles MA

Lucy Rainbow was awarded the £2,000 prize for her prints for nurses’ uniforms on sustainable fabrics such as hemp, designed to bring life-enhancing contact with nature to hospital patients and staff.