A talented design graduate is to have his skills shown to thousands after being picked to star in a top London gallery.
The work of surface design for fashion and interiors student Dan Matthews will delight crowds in Covent Garden when he exhibits at contemporary art centre, the Aram Gallery.
It is the latest success for the 23-year-old, who recently received first class honours and was previously asked to exhibit at the New Designers 2014 exhibition at the Business Centre in London along with 12 other students.
Dan created his design, called BLOC, by using the ancient art of paper weaving, which he interlaced with designs that gave a nod to the architectural heritage of London to produce highly-contemporary, digitally-printed fabrics.
It has been used to illustrate promotional material for the show, which runs at the gallery until August 23.
Already known for his forward-thinking use of colour, he was chosen to be included in the exhibition, which is celebrating inventive fashion fabrics after being spotted by the gallery’s curator, Héloïse Parke, at the SDC’s International Design Competition showcase earlier this year.
As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, the gallery is mounting an exhibition of work by 26 of the UK’s most promising design graduates of 2014.
His course leader, Joanne Harris, said: “His work has an unusual twist.
“He can forecast colour and I think that’s something that isn’t taught. It’s an ability or sense which comes naturally to him.
“He sees colour first hand and it hasn’t been sourced by something else, therefore his work is all original.”
Dan, who is from Cannock, won the UK heat of the SDC’s International Design Competition, which was held at the Houses of Parliament.
He will now represent the UK in the world final in China in November, where he will compete against 11 other contestants for the £1,000 first prize and a chance to have a welcome boost to his promising career as a surface designer.
The exhibition attracted 17,719 visitors, including employers, buyers and manufacturers,