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Designers have soft spot for Quirkles

PUBLISHED: 11:50 27 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:43 05 July 2010

A TEXTILE designer from Carlton Colville has been chosen to exhibit at a prestigious event showcasing the UK's most talented new designers.

A TEXTILE designer from Carlton Colville has been chosen to exhibit at a prestigious event showcasing the UK's most talented new designers.

Rebecca Shreeve graduated with a BA first class honours degree in mixed media textile design from De Monfort University in Leicester.

And now she has been selected to display her work at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.

Rebecca, who specialises in children's textiles, produces whimsical fabrics and toys which are quirky and playful.

Soft fabrics make her work cosy and tactile and the stitches and motifs give extra texture and detail.

Her inspiration comes from animals, which she names Quirkles, each with a name and unique character such as Neville, who enjoys baking bluebell pie for his friends, and Milton, who is a vegetarian and enjoys buttercups.

The 22-year-old also makes brooches, cushions, blankets and badges based on the animals, which are available to buy from her website, as well as other outlets.

She said: “It started in my third year at university as my final project. I always knew I wanted to do something like this so I created the animals with names I came up with using my imagination.”

Rebecca is exhibiting in the one-year-on section after being selected for the second year running.

Last year she gained the new designers Embroiderers Guild/Coats Crafts UK prize, winning £1,000 and a two-month work placement.

Her recent work, Secret Garden, is aimed at children with imagery of iron gates, pathways, trellis and British wildlife.

She said: “I'd like to get my work manufactured and into the shops and I'm trying to write a book about them as well.”

Rebecca, has also displayed her work in the Oxo Tower, London, and at all four knitting and stitching shows round the country.

Rebecca is currently doing some freelance work for Jellycat designing baby comfort blankets and is working on her own craft book.

The exhibition begins on Thursday. For information about Rebecca go to www.quirkles.co.uk or www.newdesigners.co.uk/rebeccashreeve

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