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Grace named as ‘one to watch’ in textile industry 

Grace Wright

A TALENTED student from Clady has been named as ‘one to watch’ by a leading Irish Lifestyle magazine.

Grace Wright recently featured in Image magazine as a rising star in the textile industry after her university work impressed onlookers and judges at her end-of-degree display.

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Not only did her phenomenal work earn her the title of Embroidery Artist of the Year, in July Grace also received funding from Invest NI to enhance her collection and as a result was featured to over 120,000 readers within Image magazine. 

Grace, who is currently studying in Glasgow to become an art and design teacher, says the news took her completely by surprise. 

“I was absolutely delighted to be named Embroidery Artist of the Year,” she said. “About a month later I was featured in Image magazine and that was even more surreal. It still hasn’t sank in and it just goes to show what is possible.”
 
Overall, Grace’s successes have been far-reaching throughout her time at university. Two years ago she received a distinction when she completed a work placement embroidering designs on Irish Dancing dresses, and most recently she received  an overall 2:1 classification in her degree. 

“I definitely have packed a lot into my university career,” she laughed.  

“My advice to anyone studying textiles is to give it your all, and never say no to an opportunity. People say there are no jobs in art, but if you are determined and passionate enough, you will get work.”

In terms of her development as an embroidery expert, Grace credits the stellar staff and facilities at Holy Cross College as helping to nurture her talent.

“Having experienced the facilities at the Belfast Art Campus, I can honestly say the facilities at Holy Cross are as good if not better. I am privileged to have had this environment to grow as an artist, and I also have to thank my art teacher, Janette McCrory, for helping me along.”

Looking ahead Grace says she is excited to see what the future holds. “I am going to pursue teaching, but I would also like to see where I can get to in the world of design. I’d love to design for the likes of Laura Ashley.”

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