2018 marks the inauguration of The Mills Prizes, which are open to graduating students from BA Fashion, BA Textile Design and MA Material Futures. Today, as we prepare for the Private View of Degree Show Two: Design, the winners have been announced.
Two prizes have been awarded – The Mills Sustainability Prize in recognition of outstanding work in sustainability and community well-being, and The Mills Fabrica Techstyle Prize which celebrates material innovation. In an awards ceremony, students were congratulated by Vanessa Cheung, Founder and Managing Director of The Mills, and the prizes were awarded by Carine Cheu, Co-Director of The Mills – Fabrica. The full list of winners can be found below:
The Mills Sustainability Prize
Winner: Andrea Liu, BA Textile Design
Highly Commended: Bo Mi Hwang, BA Textile Design
The Mills Fabrica Techstyle Prize
Winner: Jen Keane, MA Material Futures
Highly Commended: Fabio Frasca, BA Fashion: Fashion Design Womenswear
Andrea Liu’s final project is an attempt to turn waste by-products into materials of value. She was awarded the Sustainability Prize for her experiments with salmon skin, tanning it to produce leather that is sustainable and 100% chemical free. Jen Keane won the Fabrica Techstyle Prize for This is grown – an organism-driven approach to material design, which merges modern, industrial textile practice with future biotech principles.
The Mills is a Hong Kong-based landmark revitalisation project which is scheduled for completion in 2018. The Mills project will transform the Nan Fung Group’s former textile factory into a destination for innovation, culture, and learning. The Mills is composed of 3 pillars: Fabrica, a business incubator and springboard for tech-style startups; Shopfloor, a landmark for experiential retail and Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT), a non-profit art centre focused on textiles, history and science.
University of the Arts London is one of the world’s most prestigious and leading art and design universities and we are excited to announce our partnership with Central Saint Martins. Sharing similar vision and values of creating a future of sustainability and innovation, we are looking forward to jointly supporting and nurturing the next generation of creators & innovators. By bringing the most promising graduate projects to work at The Mills Fabrica with our techstyle community of global corporates & partners based in Hong Kong, we hope to enable them to take their innovations forward.” – Vanessa Cheung, Founder, The Mills