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Design student off to UK

rhondathompson, rhondathompson@nationnews.com

Added 01 July 2014


Barbadian student Tyra Woodroffe will be off to England in July to take up a one-year scholarship, awarded by London-based international designers Jenny Blanc Interiors. Woodroffe, an 18-year-old graduate of the Barbados Community College's (BCC) design programme, emerged the first student to be awarded the Jenny Blanc Scholarship after students were judged on course-work and a special project. Emma Blanc-Corrie, the Caribbean director for Jenny Blanc, said that as part of the all-expenses paid scholarship, Woodroffe will be enrolled at a Design College as well as receive business-management experience through attachment at the company's United Kingdom and Barbados showrooms. “I’m really happy and really thankful to Jenny Blanc and my tutors. The project ticked off something in me and I am thrilled to know that I will have the opportunity to work in London with such a recognised international design company,” Woodroffe said. Through the partnership with the BCC, students enrolled in the 2014 Certificate In Interior Design programme were required to design a four-bedroom luxury home – complete with furniture, fabrics, lighting and functional spaces – for a family who chose Barbados as a holiday destination. This project, together with the course work of the students, was then assessed and reviewed by Jenny Blanc's design director Sue Thomas-Richardson, and BCC tutors, Lisa Rudder and Stephen Jackman before the most deserving student was determined. “The projects were all great and creative, and not much separated the top two. Tyra got the nod with a confident presentation which underscored the good use of space and location. Her use of colours and textures also effectively linked with the theme,” Thomas-Richardson said. Blanc-Corrie, the daughter of renowned British designer Jenny Blanc, said the company had been designing homes in Barbados for over 11 years and was committed to giving back to the community and to assisting young designers on the island. The scholarship is a youth development partnership with the BCC and designed for students under 25 years of age to enhance their education and exposure. (PR)  


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