Following the success of a previous design competition in 2015 we have once again joined forces with King Edward VI College in Stourbridge to design a new scarf for our Sales Team.

A winning design

Chelli Peonio, a year 13 student at the college who is studying textile design was announced the winner after a strong contest of eight entries. She was presented with a prize of £250 plus Amazon vouchers by our design director, Andy Cockayne, at a recent awards evening.

Andy commented at the event, “The abilities and design skills of the students studying textile design at King Edward VI College is absolutely first class. Here at Kendrick Homes Limited we are keen to continue to put something back into our community and we have very clearly once again achieved this"

The competition entries were so strong that we decided to also present seven runner up prizes of £25 Amazon Vouchers to Grace Clarke, Jess McEwan, Alex Penn, Charlotte Sankey, Lottie Jennings, Lolita Sakura-Allen and Emily Reeve.

Our winning designer Chelli commented “I am absolutely delighted, and shocked to have been awarded the winner of this competition, as I genuinely never win anything!. I was helped along the way by my best friends who were all runners up – we all helped each other with inspiration for such a great opportunity to design a scarf that will be used in the commercial world.

Sights set on the future

Chelli plans to utilise her prize to purchase some new textile materials and make some new products in her own name – and in the future she has her sights set on launching her own label.

Sue Halstead, subject leader for textile design at King Edward VI College commented, “This was such a fantastic and privileged opportunity to work on a real life commercial design opportunity, it really was a project not to miss. All of the entrants took the project very seriously and worked very professionally to create the designs in their own time and with very little input by us.

Sue continued "It was a learning curve for all of us but one we would not have missed for the world, particularly as many of the entrants are going on to design-related degree courses at University and taking part in this live brief has given them a real edge.”

A fantastic opportunity

Remley Mann, Principal at King Edward VI College commented, “We were delighted when Kendrick Homes gave our students the opportunity to design and produce a new commercial textile project– as this is very rare for students to be able work with a live design brief.

"I would like to express our thanks to Kendrick Homes for once again giving our students invaluable experience which will greatly help them to continue studying in their chosen subject of textile design.

"I am particularly impressed with the fact that Kendrick Homes have also chosen our students for this initiative and I think this is a testament to their genuine desire to both make a contribution to, and engage with the local community.”

Our sales team are delighted with the new, unique scarves and are now wearing them with pride across our showhomes and sales centres.