Allistair Covell is an award-winning British Contemporary Surface Designer with a background in fine art, printed textiles and fashion design. His unique and distinctive style extends across a variety of surfaces for the interior and fashion design industries, resulting in the creation of a strong and diverse portfolio of work. Allistair trained at the University of the Arts London, graduating in 2012 with a BA (Hons) in Surface Design. Prior to his degree in London, Allistair was awarded a Foundation Degree with Distinction in Fashion & Textile Design from the University of Bedfordshire. Both courses nurtured his natural appreciation for colour and pattern and gave him freedom to challenge and push boundaries and develop his own style. Whilst at university Allistair interned at three prestigious London fashion houses, working with the fashion designers Matthew Williamson and Erdem, and alongside the textile design icon Zandra Rhodes. Since leaving university Allistair has worked on a variety of products and projects across the creative industries, continuously experimenting with different materials and surfaces to bridge the gap between textiles and fine art.
In January 2014 Allistair won the AfghanMade Best Young Designer Award at the 9th Carpet Design Awards. The awards ceremony was held at DOMOTEX Hannover, the world’s largest trade show for floor coverings. Allistair’s rug The City, created in collaboration with AfghanMade Carpets, was his first venture into designing for the carpet design industry. In August 2014 Allistair was awarded a Fellowship and a studio with the Digswell Arts Trust, an arts organisation that is devoted to supporting new talent and emerging creatives.
In February 2015 Allistair was invited to take part in the Cambrian Mountains Wool International Design Challenge and created the textile artwork Digital Stitch in collaboration with Think Positive Prints UK. Allistair’s contribution to the Challenge and the accompanying exhibition, led him to receive royal recognition from His Royal Highness Prince Charles and an article published about his work on COVER magazine’s website. The CMW Design Challenge embarked on a UK touring exhibition in 2015 with highlights including a display at the Hay Festival in Wales, The London Design Festival in London and Made By Hand Wales: The Contemporary Craft Show in Cardiff. In February 2016 the National Wool Museum in Wales acquired Digital Stitch to become part of its permanent National Flat Textile collection.
From September 2016 Allistair will return to university to study MA Furniture Design at Central St Martins in London.
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