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Double international success for creative Teesside University students

29 June 2022

 

A pair of creative Teesside University students have demonstrated their talents and progressed on to the next rounds of prestigious international competitions.

Kristina Kuznecova and Nick Moffatt
Kristina Kuznecova and Nick Moffatt

MA Illustration student Nick Moffatt and third year Product Design student Kristina Kuznecova, both from Teesside’s School of Arts & Creative Industries, have shown off their creative flair and achieved success with their recent, original award entries.

Nick Moffatt, an MA Illustration student and Special Lecturer at Teesside University, has been longlisted for his book cover entry in the World Illustration Awards (WIA).

Nick returned to education with the aim of developing his practice with a fresh new creative voice for his work.

The aim of the WIA was to create a series of book covers which work independently and as a collection, echoing the relationship of the writers themselves as individuals and members of the Beat movement. Nick was drawn to the challenge of creating a series of book covers and successfully combined images and text to develop a cohesive design. Nick said: “I am over the moon to have been longlisted as there were over 5,000 entries and seeing the WIA submissions every year has always been incredibly inspiring.

“Returning to education as a mature student was a risk, albeit a calculated one, so to have the very first piece of work I created be recognised like this is incredibly validating.

“The shortlist will be announced in September and all longlisted artists are eligible, so I've got my fingers crossed.”

Kristina Kuznecova, a third year Product Design student at Teesside University, has reached the next round of the Pro Carton Young Designers Award 2022.

The Pro Carton Young Designers Award is Europe’s leading annual young talent competition for packaging design.

We are committed to providing our students with real-world, practical experience across the whole portfolio of our creative courses.

Laura Sillars, Dean of the School of Arts & Creative Industries

Focusing exclusively on cartonboard, the award plays a pioneering role in promoting sustainable packaging and innovation amongst students across Europe.

Kristina created a product packaging solution and, on designing the product, said: “My concept involves shareable packaging which allows the consumer to split the product into individual boxes and gift to somebody else.

“Both of the segments are irregular shapes, but come together harmoniously, to form one whole package. I believe it’s a very neat and practical solution. In my opinion segmentation adds another dimension to the packaged product.

“I think this is a presentable, hygienic, yet fun way to share.”

From over 800 entries, Kristina reached the top 100 and has sent prototypes for the next stage of judging which takes place in The Hague. Kristina added: “The whole experience was fantastic, and I enjoyed every aspect of this project. A special thank you to the amazing team of academics and technicians.”

Laura Sillars, Dean of Teesside University’s School of Arts & Creative Industries, said: “We are committed to providing our students with real-world, practical experience across the whole portfolio of our creative courses.

“Nick and Kristina have done exceptionally well to receive recognition in two prestigious, international competitions. We are extremely proud of their achievements and wish them every success moving forward.”


In the News

Double international success for creative Teesside University students
North East Connected, Web, 05/07/2022
A pair of creative Teesside University students have demonstrated their talents and progressed on to the next rounds of prestigious international competitions.