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Hye Jung In wins Surtex designext grand prize

Retail Editor 4 -- Home Textiles Today, May 21, 2013

New York - Hye Jung In of Seoul, Korea, a recent graduate in Textile Design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, was named the winner of the 2013 designnext international student competition organized annually by the Surtex surfaces design trade show.
The Grand Prize comes with a $1000 cash award.
For this year's competition, students were challenged to create an overall concept and a minimum of six surface designs that would be appropriate in a gym, spa, health clinic or similar setting. Hye Jung In used imagery of Marrakesh, Morocco pulled from travel photos of the city. The judges lauded her sensitivity to surface, pattern and design for the global market in her portfolio.

"This year, 75 participants in the designext competition from 15 colleges developed distinctive portfolios that position them for entry into the surface design industry. All students have benefitted from the learning experience: to prepare commercially viable work on a defined theme that will translate to diverse surfaces. Each year, the four winners have utilized the contacts they made at Surtex to launch promising careers," said Penny Sikalis, vp of show organizer GLM and manager of the Surtex show.

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