Heverhill student drawing on floral inspiration

Jessica White is one of the West Suffolk College students involved in the Bury in Bloom project
Jessica White is one of the West Suffolk College students involved in the Bury in Bloom project

Haverhill teenager Jessica White is among a group of West Suffolk College Fashion and Textile students working on a project inspired by Bury in Bloom, making either a skirt or a set of cushions adorned with floral motifs.

For research the students looked at bedding plants, floral bouquets and individual flowers before making sketches and developing them into free form flowers and abstract designs.

The students are making up samples of their designs using techniques such as appliqué, cut-out, machine embroidery and 3D flowers.

Jessica, 16, is making an asymmetric skirt, with three panels of different lengths.

The front panels have 3D flowers on one side and machine embroidery on the other.

She said: “It has been really interesting being able to design and create something from scratch and bring your own designs to life.”

Bury In Bloom will have a page on their website, showing work in progress as the students build up to completion of the project - www.buryinbloom.org.uk.

Melanie Lesser, Bury In Bloom co-ordinator, said: “I am delighted the fashion and textile students are creating such beautiful designs inspired by Bury in Bloom.

“I look forward to seeing all the finished designs.”

Course director Sue Brinkhurst said: “We have students who are interested in fashion, interior decoration, fashion marketing or whatever – it is a big umbrella.

“Those who are interested interior decoration are producing one or two cushions, working on different motifs.

“Within the new Fashion and Textile course at West Suffolk College we are very keen to set up as many live briefs as possible for the students.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to work with the Bury In Bloom team and get the students’ designs out there, and seen by the general public.”