New award announced for UWE fashion students

Issue date: 27 April 2010

One of the world's leading scissor brands has partnered with the University of the West of England (UWE) in a brand new initiative to foster and encourage the next generation of talent in Fashion Design and Fashion Textile Design.

As part of the Cut Above Award Scheme, Fiskars, well known for its orange handled dressmaking and tailoring scissors, will provide scissors to UWE's Fashion Design and Fashion Textile Design courses to be used by students and staff. A set of five pairs of scissors will also be presented to a final year Fashion student, chosen by teaching staff, for outstanding work during their course.

Reena Mistry, Fiskars Brand Manager said: "The Fiskars Cut Above Award will be presented to the student who has shown that little bit extra in cutting it in the world of fashion. It is really important to support young talent and we are very excited about this initiative. Fiskars scissors are recognised around the world for their quality and design and we want to do what we can to help students who could, in years to come, also be known internationally for their designs".

Adrian Grandon, Fashion Design Programme Leader at UWE's School of Creative Arts said: "We are very grateful to Fiskars for supporting our students with this new Scheme. Access to high quality tools and materials can really make a difference to young designers but it can be very expensive to fund this yourself. The Cut Above scheme will ensure that our students have access to high quality tools throughout their course."

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