Graduate’s work to feature at design show

Designer Adriana Tavares' rugs and toppiece footstools
Designer Adriana Tavares' rugs and toppiece footstools
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Designer Adriana Tavares is set to have her work showcased at a prestigious festival later this year.

The 22-year-old University of Huddersfield graduate has been named as a featured artist at the London Design Festival.

Ms Tavares, who runs Adriana Taveres Rugs, was approached by global fashion company Anthropolgie to join the event as part of their display, following success at similar showcases.

The designer previously appeared at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester and the New Designers exhibition in London.

She is now preparing to a take a collection of 12 specially-designed toppiece footstools to the September event.

Ms Tavares produces bespoke hand-tufted rugs that “embrace shape, colour and innovation”.

Ms Tavares said: “I want to change people’s perception of what a rug looks like.

“It’s not just a rug on a floor it’s like a drawing. They don’t just have to be block colours and shaped like rectangles.”

As well as toppiece footstools and quirky rugs, Ms Tavares makes wall hangings and also creates unique pieces on commission, working closely with the buyer to design and make their product.

Ms Tavares had originally planned a career in teaching, but secured a Vice-Chancellors Scholarship to fund a Masters by Research (MRes), after scoring more than 80 per cent in her undergraduate degree.

Much of the inspiration for her designs comes from research for the course, she said.

In addition to studying and her business, Ms Tavares works part-time for mental-health charity Support to Recovery, teaching creative workshops for adults

Adriana Tavares Rugs was launched with support from the University’s Enterprise Team, based in the Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Centre.

It assists enterprising students and recent graduates to develop business ideas through one-to-one support, skills events and in some cases, access to proof of concept funding.