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Mica-Hope Phillips, BA (Hons) Fashion Accessory Design graduate received the Judges Commendation Award at this year’s Design Museum Design Factory. Mica was selected as part of the top ten percent of undergraduate submissions nationally, chosen by an expert panel of judges.

The Design Factory competition is the museum's annual multi-disciplinary project for undergraduate design students. Students develop conceptual responses to an exploratory and experimental design brief, spanning product, fashion, graphics and spatial design. This year's brief was ‘How might we reimagine the making of things to reimagine the things themselves?’.

Mica-Hope said “My project was inspired by the work of Evocative and expanded on their idea of ‘Grow it yourself’ mycelium material bags. With fast fashion and synthetic materials and textile factories being a main contributor to global warming and environmental damage, the aim was to create a new way to view, use and discard materials within the fashion industry.”

“I really enjoyed working on the project, attending the Design Museum symposium and having the opportunity to participate in an industry environment working with people from various other disciplines. It feels amazing to have been selected as 1 of only 4 students from all over the country for the award.”

Julia Crew, Associate Course Leader BA (Hons) Fashion Accessory Design & Prototyping said “The Fashion Accessory Design BA encourages students to explore, experiment and innovate in this field. Mica's project exemplifies this approach to design. It is fantastic for her work to be recognised in a national competition by the Design Museum, and is very well deserved.”

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