Talk as part of Local History Month 2016.
Christmas came early for a budding designer after her talents were spotted by a retail giant.
Cleveland College of Art and Design graduate in textiles and surface design Lauren Grainger is celebrating after designing a collection of Christmas decorations for Marks and Spencer.
Lauren, 23, said: “It was surreal when I found out they wanted to use my designs; I couldn’t believe it.
“It hasn’t hit me yet and it is an amazing feeling to walk into the stores and see my work on the shelves.”
During her final year at college Lauren was chosen to go to the New Designers exhibition in London, which gave her the chance to showcase her creative talent and build connections with the industry.
“When I was in London, Marks and Spencer’s sole supplier Tigerprint came to talk to me and said they liked the work I was doing,” said Lauren.
“When I returned home, I got a call from them to ask if I would like to do a placement in their design studio in Bradford, which was just brilliant.
“I was over the moon to have been chosen from 40 students to go to the New Designers but to be spotted and to pick up work like this was just fantastic.”
During her time in the design studio Lauren worked on a theme called ‘Winter Beauty’ and developed a range of Christmas decorations.
As a result, Lauren was offered a freelance contract with the high street store.
Lauren’s Christmas designs include gift wrapping, Christmas tree baubles, crackers, gift boxes and gift tags.
“Every time I see my designs in the store I smile and I can’t wait to decorate my tree this year with my very own baubles,” said Lauren.
Tutor at CCAD Claire Baker said: “Lauren deserves this success. She has always been very committed and passionate about her work. We are very proud of her.”