PCM UCLan student project 2021

UCLan Textile Design course have worked in partnership with Preston City Mela during 2020 and 2021. This project was undertaken by the Year 1 cohorts in 2020 and 2021 to design artwork using textiles to portray Mela’s South Asian Heritage.

The slideshow that was shown at the presentation event.

Students sampled a range of techniques such as foiling, printing, machine and hand embroidery. The designs were then digitally produced to be showcase at the Mela event and to dress the site for the event, providing an authentic backdrop for the festival.

I really enjoyed learning more about the Mela and how it brings everyone together as one community no matter what your diversity or background is. I enjoyed exploring design ideas by using different elements from the Mela. I also loved using the vibrant colour palette! 

Chelsea Nelson (student)

Every student that took part will be presented with Certificates of Appreciation’ from the Mela, this is both great for their portfolios and will make them feel valued for their contribution.  

The Mela Project was really fun as we had a vibrant colour palette to work with and we got to try out lots of different textile techniques to produce patterns and motifs for the banners. I can’t wait to attend the Mela in September, not only to see all our printed banners but for the exciting cultural experience.”  

Andrea Banks (student)