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3rd December 2018

A Hull School of Art and Design student had her textile designs brought to life alongside those of celebrated Hull textile designer Shirley Craven, as the city was illuminated over the weekend.

Absolutely Cultured’s newly commissioned four-day outdoor event which started on Thursday 29th November, featured captivation projections and atmospheric soundscapes, as six artists explored the connections between Hull and the countries across the North Sea in Northern Europe and Scandinavia.

Alongside acclaimed national and international artists, second-year student Toni Lee had her designs illuminated in Avenue, by Newcastle-based NOVAK. The installation explores the iconic textile designs of the 20th century from Hull and Västra Götaland in Sweden.

Inspired by stories and references woven into and printed onto the designs, the installation brought Toni’s designs to life alongside iconic designs by Shirley Craven and the Hull Traders, interwoven with patterns influences by the work of Sven Fristedt and Borås Cotton, created by textile desiger Hazel Dunn and NOVAK.

Hull School of Art and Design student Toni Lee said: "The opportunity to collaborate and showcase my designs has been a first for me.

“The project was inspiring and to me it had limitless potential. For me, as a person who has lived in Hull their whole life, I wanted to celebrate the city; its architecture, its heritage, as well as other Hull textile designers such as Shirley Craven.

“I aim to create a range of 60s inspired patterns that reflect Hull's identity, history and cultural links.”

Photo credit Chris Pepper.


Ulnl Parliament Street Credit Chris Pepper