The Ones to Watch | Five Student Discoveries

Degree season is fast approaching and I’m getting oh so excited to see some of the talent coming on to the graduate scene. I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for work over on Instagram and via recommendations and I’m delighted to be able to share a small selection of them with you now, although astonishingly not all are quite finished with their degrees just yet!  Make sure you keep an eye on their social feeds for updates and check out their exhibitions when they come to town, I’m certainly pretty excited to see some of their designs in the flesh.

As a UEL alumni I visit every now and then (& take advantage of the facilities), Batool’s work was hung as part of a group crit last time I visited and I had to see more – thank goodness for Instagram. Batool is a Graphic Designer that makes detailed illustration and finite drawings look utterly cool and current. I think mainly due to the fact that she just seems to continually create and we get to see her design process and different mediums used on the way. To me, it’s perfection and I’m sure the UEL lecturers will agree too. Her collaborations with friend @theserialblusher are intriguing and of course inspiring, it’s great to see a student thinking outside their own abilities and utilising the other creatives around them, it’s certainly not something done too often that early on in your design journey.


Rosie is a third year student at UCA Farnham, studying textiles for fashion and interiors with a specialisation in printed textiles. Her designs are seemingly inspired by architecture on close inspection but I love the fact that this isn’t immediately obvious, her abstract prints are full of colour and charm and lots of though-out details. Rosie’s collages and sketchbook work are to die for so make sure you take a look at her site and follow her on Instagram here: @rosiehallett.textiles


Megan is currently in her first year studying a BA in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design at Leeds College of Art. Yes, I did say first year! I really like the simplicity of Megan’s work and the fact she obviously isn’t afraid to experiment with texture and pattern, there’s just something about her designs that intrigue me and my slight penchant for pastel prints obviously helps. Of course with a lot of university time to kill, there’s still tons of time for further development which I of course can’t wait to see her document along the way. Follow Megan on Instagram here: @megansilcockdesign 

You know a gal means business when she has a swish website already sorted whilst studying. Jade is studying BA Hons Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design and boy does her work excite me. She specialises in Knitwear and as you can see from the design above, the results really are quite spectacular.  The geometric patterns on her designs paired with printed reflective vinyl make for something that I’ve never seen before and I can tell this lady has a super bright future ahead of her. I need some of those patterns on a scarf. Right. Now. Follow Jade on Instagram here: @jadepearld

Hope is still in her second year, studying textiles at Manchester School of Art – you know it’s an exciting student when they are already producing third year work. Hope originally caught my eye on Instagram due to her experimental use of material and those gorgeous pastel hues. I obviously have a thing for architecture right now as her textile prints remind me of angular buildings and high-rise flats. It’s an industrial look that I genuinely want to wear and I’m looking forward to watching Hope progress as well as uncharacteristically getting lured into wearing less black. 

Are you a student with a story to tell? Get in touch as I’d love to see your work and say hello!

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