Our young designers meet commercial challenge set by St Austell Brewery

16 September 2016

Matilda’s cushion in situ at The Blue Anchor Inn


Year 11 student, Matilda Fuller,  has already started her interior design career by winning a competition run by St Austell Brewery.  Her design, a fabulously decorated cushion, features as part of the refit of The Blue Anchor Public House, in St Austell, which re-opened in the summer.

Every year, St Austell Brewery commission the refurbishment of 15-20 of their public houses.  GCSE Textile students at Penryn College were given a brief to re-design the interior of The Blue Anchor.

Chris Knight of St Austell Brewery presented Matilda with an Interior Design Award for her sea life themed cushion, complete with laser engraved fish scales, appliqué, embroidery and block print.  Mr Knight said, ‘We were blown away with the quality of the students’ designs, especially as this was the first project of their GCSE course.  Matilda’s was definitely the pick of the entries, but the attention to detail and eye for following the brief in all of them was amazing.  We’re looking forward to seeing the fruits of this year’s competition.’



Chris Knight presents awards to winning young designers


Second place was awarded to Tiegan Pond with her Cornish legends display screen, providing the customers with local information leaflets in the hand-embellished individual pockets.  Finally, Yzobelle Teaucher received a highly commended award for her piece of work which explored the theme of local honey bees with exquisite hand embroidery and appliqué.

Textiles teacher, Lorraine Aonso, said, ‘The girls were thrilled to be set a real, commercial challenge and learned a huge amount about the design process for business settings by working to St Austell’s brief.’

St Austell Brewery continues to inspire and support budding interior designers at the college with a new interior design challenge for 2017, taken from one of their contemporary refurbishment projects, currently in the works…