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We are thrilled to announce the winners of our STUDENT TEXTILES ARTIST COMPETITION 2023.

We were overwhelmed at the response, receiving over 350 entries this year!!

The judges said they were ‘absolutely in awe, and love seeing all the students creations’,  ‘there is some incredible work, and it wasn’t an easy decision to select the winners’.

This year’s competition was sponsored by JANOME UK & IRELAND Sewing Machines and DRYAD EDUCATION (formerly Specialist Crafts/Heart Education).

JANOME UK have kindly given a 725S sewing machine for each of the 2 winners.

DRYAD EDUCATION (formerly Specialist Crafts/Heart Education) are giving a £50 voucher to the 2 winners and a goody bag to the first 3 places in each category.

Each winner will also receive a TEXTILES SKILLS CENTRE TROPHY and each school will get a free Online TSC course.


– Deborah Shepherd (Creative director of Janome) and the JANOME team

– Adam Brindley (International Business manager) and the DRYAD team

– Fiona Balding:  Ecoprint and natural dyes artist

– Louis-Christian Pendegrass:  Programme Manager in Apprenticeships

– Nicola Perren: Textile Artist & Lecturer

And our amazing student winners are:

A LEVEL winners:

1st prize:  Laila Green: Woking College, Surrey

2nd prize: Sorine Furnace: Bishop’s Stortford College, Bishop’s Stortford

3rd prize:  Leony Ye: Wychwood School, Oxford

GCSE winners:

1st prize: Edie Bairstow: Gateways School, Harewood, Leeds

Joint 2nd prize: Simran Amin: Royal Alexandra & Albert School Reigate Surrey

Joint 2nd prize: Eleanor Shenderey: Gateways School, Harewood, Leeds


Laila Green - Competition A Level winner1st prize:  Laila Green: Woking College, Surrey

Textiles Skills Centre Textiles Artist A Level winner with her teacherwith her teacher Sinead Merry






Textiles Skills centre artist 2nd place A Level - Sorine Furnace + teacher2nd prize: Sorine Furnace: Bishop’s Stortford College, Bishop’s Stortford
With her teacher Charlotte Munch





Leony Ye + teacher Sarah McCullagh 3rd place A Level Textiles Artist Competition 20233rd prize:  Leony Ye: Wychwood School, Oxford
With her Teacher Sarah McCullagh







Edie Barstow GCSE 1st Prize winner Textiles Artist 20231st prize: Edie Bairstow: Gateways School, Harewood, Leeds

Edie Bairstow + Teacher Della HarrisonEdie bairstow + teacher Della Harrison 1st prize GCSE Textiles Artist 2023






Textiles Skills Cente Textiles Artist competition 2023 - Eleanor Shenderey + teacher Della harrison joint 2nd place GCSEJoint 2nd prize: Eleanor Shenderey: Gateways School, Harewood, Leeds

with her teacher Della Harrison







It was such a difficult decision, as we had so many wonderful entries.

A huge thank you to all the students who entered and to those amazing teachers who presented us with such fabulous work! We are thrilled that you entered your amazingly talented students work and demonstrated your own incredible teaching talents and passion for textiles!