College student’s art on show at hair salon

June 29, 2016

A Chichester College student’s design has taken pride of place in the reception area of a popular hair salon.

Rush Chichester challenged art and design students at the college to design a bespoke wallpaper for a section of their salon – and the winning design is now on display.

Jake Orchard, 18, created a colourful nature theme, with bright blooms and stag beetles, which was inspired by 19th century artist William Morris and contemporary designers Timorous Beasties.

He said: “The motifs in the work came from the team at Rush, who mentioned plants and insects as key styles in their commission.

“I enjoyed designing to a real brief and the most challenging part for me was meeting the needs of a client and working to their taste, but I’m really proud of my achievement.

“I’m really pleased with how it looks in the salon – it’s just how I imagined it.”

Julianne Williams, owner of Rush Chichester, added: “The wallpaper is stunning and we’ve had lots of comments from clients praising the design.

“The thing we liked about Jake’s design was that it really stood out and it has brightened up the salon.

“It has been a talking point in the salon since we started the competition and lots of our clients couldn’t wait to see it finished.”

As part of the project, the students worked closely with renowned surface designer Rosie Simmons, who ran workshops demonstrating how designs can translate onto different materials, such as wallpaper and tiles.

The wallpaper was shortlisted by a team of Chichester College judges, along with Rosie, before the final decision was made by Julianne, Rosie and Tom Williams – manager at Rush Chichester.
It was hung at the salon by Chichester College painting and decorating student Aaron Smith and lecturer Carl Black.