Suzanne selected to exhibit at major show for UK’s new designers

A mature student from Northumberland showcased her textiles skills at a prestigious design event in London.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 23 July, 2019, 12:05
Suzanne Treacy, left, with Amber Butchart. Picture by Marcus Treacy.

After deciding to turn her hobby into a career a few years ago, Suzanne Treacy has now completed a degree at The Northern School of Art – its base for higher education is in Hartlepool.

She was one of 13 of its students selected to exhibit at the annual New Designers show, which took place at the Business Design Centre in Islington.

The Netherwitton resident displayed some of her textiles. She specialises in digital designs and embroidery and embellishment.

Suzanne had completed one year of a two-year HND course at Northumberland College when she attended a degree show at The Northern School of Art in June 2017.

After speaking with a couple of the tutors there, she discovered that she had enough UCAS points from her year at Northumberland College to move onto years two and three of a three-year degree course.

She took up that option, starting year two of the textiles and surface design course in September 2017, and she graduated with first-class honours earlier this summer.

The 54-year-old took part in the 2019 degree show at The Northern School of Art a couple of weeks before New Designers and her graduation ceremony was a week after the show.

Guest speaker at the ceremony was Amber Butchart, a fashion historian, author and broadcaster who presented the BBC Four series A Stitch in Time.

Suzanne said: “I will be going on to study a full-time masters degree in design history at The Northern School of Art, starting in September 2020.

“Exhibiting at New Designers was a great experience and I will continue to design textiles for fashion and interiors and create embroidered and embellished samples to sell at trade shows.

“I am learning corsetry over the next few months, with plans to make corsets designed by me, also using my own textile designs, following my masters degree.

“The corsets will be hand embellished and embroidered in the couture style.

“I have been keen to learn this skill for some time.”