Lauren’s work is showcased

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A GLITTERING future is on the cards for a Bridlington design graduate who has opened her first exhibition in her home town.

Work by Lauren Wilson, a first class honours textile and surface design graduate of Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD), Hartlepool, has been on show at The Alex May Gallery, in Bridlington.

Lauren, 23, has exhibited five of her final degree furnishing lengths, screen printed cushions, tote bags and an assortment of original gift cards and prints.

“I was so proud seeing my work in the gallery, especially as some of it was put in the main window display – I kept driving past just to see it.”

“This was my first exhibition as a graduate and working in the Gallery has been a great experience. It was really inspiring to share and discuss my own work with the other artists involved and meet so many visitors with a love of art,” she said.

Lauren has also found time to set up her own design company ‘Lauren Cherice Designs’ taking commissions on her soft furnishings and gift ware which are already attracting a growing following in the private retail sector.

“I supply a few bespoke retail outlets at the moment that specialise in quality homemade gifts but I’m always on the look out for places to sell,” said Lauren.

“I supply a shop in Bridlington called Little Shop Behind the Times and also CCAD’s own retail shop Folio where I’m told my tote bags are one of their best sellers.

“I always knew that I wanted to pursue a career in art and moving to Hartlepool from Bridlington, to study at CCAD, was a massive decision but one of the best I’ve made.

“I still travel back once every few months to attend a print club at the college campus and network with other students and tutors.”

Her exhibition at the The Alex May Gallery, Bridlington, alongside work by other local artists including textiles, painting, jewellery making, mix media art and small sculptural art may be extended to run until the town’s annual Dickensian festival on December 11.