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CMYUK has confirmed the four graduates that have been chosen to participate in its Creatives in Residence Live initiative (CIRL), launched this summer.

The quartet of Evie Venables,  Sarah Willcocks, Keely Russell and Taylor Doggett will now take part in a six-month ‘learning journey’ at CMYUK’s demonstration and training centre in Shrewsbury.

When it announced the initiative CMYUK said that the textile industry is currently undergoing ‘radical transformation,’ with digital printing and e-commerce options driving growth in demand for personalisation, short-runs and just-in-time production, as well removing the need for storage or the creation of surplus items.

It added that CIRL will allow young creatives to fully absorb these trends and technologies, providing them with ‘insight, experience and practical knowledge that is highly advantageous for their early career development.’

In terms of the four participants themselves, Evie Venables is a recent graduate in BA (Hons) Textile Design at Leeds Arts University. Sarah Willcocks attended the University of Southampton, where she studied on the Graphic Arts degree course. Keely Russell studied Textile Design at Birmingham City University. Finally, Taylor Doggett graduated from the BA (hons) Film Production course at the University of Gloucestershire.

A curriculum has been put together by Debbie McKeegan founder of TexIntel, CMYUK’s media partner for the initiative, and the FESPA Textile Ambassador for this project. The curriculum ‘underpins the knowledge and insights required for the designers to complete monthly briefs and is supported in collaboration with a number of industry experts, print designers, specialist practitioners and mentors.’