Colour In Design Award: Week 1


Colour in Design Award


Name: Al Bates 

Title: Curious while Calm 

Course: Textiles 

University: Edinburgh College of Art 


Using colour and texture to heal ourselves and our space Al Bate’s ‘Curious but Calm’ submission blew all the judges away with the highest levels of skill, thoughtfulness, heart and soul.


The judges for 2021 are looking for work of an outstanding and original nature where colour features as a fundamental element of the design which contributes significantly to its success. The work should also have a notable positive effect on the user and the environment. This means that the designer must be able to demonstrate that there is more than just an aesthetic value to their designs.


Curious but Calm was created using influence from the outside world. In her research Al Bates found that the majority of people find that interaction with nature helps significantly to reduce their anxiety, especially during the pandemic where the outside world was our only escape from the confinement of home. Leading her to design a high-end interiors collection for those who care for quality and sustainably sourced materials.



The prize given includes a £1000 to support the development of your design career, alongside an opportunity to have ongoing mentoring, help and advice from design professionals. The winner will also be featured on the CIDA website and social media platforms.