Chloe Ballard, a graduate designer currently on our design placement programme, embarked on a trip to Xiamen, China in November 2019 to compete in the world final of the International Design Competition held by the Society of Dyers and Colourists.

After winning the Irish heat, judged in part by Julie Hall, Chloe travelled to the Xiamen Academy of Art and Design representing Ireland and taking part in a four-day seminar and international conference on ‘Colouring the Future’ along with cultural and industry visits.

The final was judged by an international panel of fashion and textile creatives who awarded Chloe second place. All works were based on a ‘Colour and Nature’ theme. Congratulations to Chloe for doing so well on such a global stage.