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News: Carl high­lights an impor­tant mes­sage through his win­ning designs

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Congratulations to fashion student, Carl Newson, who has won a national design competition for his creative artwork which raises awareness about important social issues such as safe sex and AIDS.

Carl, 34, is study­ing BA (Hons) Art and Design at the Col­lege. He was intro­duced to the DAAARTS Threads Young Cre­atives Against AIDS Con­test by his tutor as part of his uni­ver­si­ty-lev­el course. 

The brief, set by DAA (Design­ers against AIDS), was to devel­op designs for a safe sex cam­paign for HIV that was engag­ing and pos­i­tive, to be used in a world­wide social media campaign. 

Not­ting­ham Col­lege BA Art & Design Course Leader, Eliz­a­beth Libor, said: Car­l’s designs answered the brief per­fect­ly. He com­bined his own art­work with a play­ful approach in terms of the humour of both the visu­als and the tag lines, which he then print­ed into five indi­vid­ual T‑shirts, which worked brilliantly!” 

As a proud advo­cate of the LGBTQ+ com­mu­ni­ty, along­side his course, Carl uses his tal­ent for fash­ion design to cre­ate bespoke cos­tumes for drag queens and bur­lesque performers. 

Carl as his drag act Claire-Leigh Knott

A huge part of my per­son­al and pro­fes­sion­al life has drag at its heart. As a drag artist from the Not­ting­ham LGBTQ+ scene (Claire-Leigh Knott), I try to see things big­ger, brighter and funnier. 

If we can look at a seri­ous sit­u­a­tion with a slight sense of humour, it can be eas­i­er to digest and allow peo­ple to be con­fi­dent to ask ques­tions. I hope my ONE OF YOUR 5 A DAY’ slo­gans are designed in a way to allow con­ver­sa­tions to start about safe sex and AIDS, but in a more sup­port­ive way. 

 — Carl New­son

Carl’s engag­ing art­work caught the eyes of the pres­ti­gious judg­ing pan­el, which includ­ed Nico­las Loufrani, CEO of Smi­ley (Lon­don and Paris), Bar­bara Franchin, founder of #ITS (Tri­este), and Jens Lauge­sen, fash­ion design­er and teacher (Lon­don).

Carl beat off tough com­pe­ti­tion from uni­ver­si­ty-lev­el stu­dents across the UK to be crowned the over­all win­ner of the com­pe­ti­tion and his designs will now be shared world­wide through a DAA social media cam­paign. Carl also received a vouch­er for 500 Euros to spend in the char­i­ty online fash­ion store of Design­ers against AIDS.

I was so excit­ed when I received the news that I had been cho­sen as the win­ner and I’m real­ly proud that my designs are being used to help such an impor­tant cam­paign. I would like to thank my lec­tur­ers for encour­ag­ing me to enter the com­pe­ti­tion and for being so sup­port­ive through­out my time at College. 

 — Carl New­son
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  • 4th June 2020 (3:59 PM)
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