Claire Stevens with Work A Northbrook Degree student’s work has caught the eye of renowned textile and homeware designer Cath Kidston.

Communication Design Student Claire Stevens, 41, from Bognor, was highly commended in the Young Creatives Network competition, for her 'Agatha Christie Murders’ themed print. The judging panel, including Cath Kidston and her Head of Print and design team, shortlisted Claire out of 400 applicants from universities and colleges throughout the country. Claire was then invited to meet Cath Kidston in London, to discuss her work.

The competition brief was to design a repeat pattern, and Claire used Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple novels as inspiration for a vintage design with a fun and quirky edge, depicting several murders from four of the iconic novels.

Claire’s design was displayed in the Cath Kidston Piccadily flagship store in June and she will attend a special awards ceremony in September.

She said, “I was so amazed to find I had received a Highly Commended (winning design). I had to put my cup of tea down because I started shaking so much.

“Coming to Northbrook has been a life changing experience.  I didn’t enjoy school and left when I was 16. It was quite daunting to go back into education after 22 years! The HNC was a turning point I loved every minute of it. I had found a place where I fitted in.

This year I completed a BA Hons in Communication Design - I never thought I would have a degree. Northbrook helped confirm that I have a learning disability which after all these years of coping, hiding it and not really knowing for sure was a huge relief to me and my family.”

Claire was also selected by Digital Arts Online as one of their 'top 10 picks from New Designers 2014 across graphic design, illustration and advertising’.

 The YCN Student Awards shine a light on emerging creative excellence; and run closely alongside leading Universities, Colleges and Art & Design schools internationally. The awards are based around a collection of  live creative briefs ; written each year by partnering organisations.