Sky’s the limit: Student to exhibit textile designs inspired by astronomy

Naomi Mitchell (21) from Stonehaven, a Textiles and Surface Design student at Robert Gordon University’s Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, is putting the finishing touches to her final-year work ahead of the School’s 127th annual Degree Show which launches to the public on 16 June. 

Naomi Mitchell Textiles & Surface DesignInspired by the recent surge in popularity of space science demonstrated by popular BBC TV programmes presented by celebrity scientists  such as Professor Brian Cox, Naomi has created a range of textiles with astronomy as it’s main theme.

Naomi’s designs reflect the science behind astronomy depicting the cycles of the moon, geometric shapes, longitude and constellations. Specialising in screen-printing and hand-dyed fabrics, her luxurious textiles collection can be adapted for men and women’s fashion and accessories.

She explains: “My project is based on the growing awareness of celestial exploration. The positive public reaction to recent astronomy TV programmes encouraged me to translate this cultural shift and apply it to fashion and textiles.

“In my work, I’ve tried to avoid cliché images such as planets and stars and concentrated on the methods and ideas behind astronomy through the centuries.”

The talented designer also completed a 2-week placement with Zandra Rhodes in London in May 2011, and is looking to study a Masters degree in performance costume with ambitions of becoming a costume designer for the screen or theatre.

Commenting on her time at Gray’s, Naomi adds:

“I’ve really enjoyed being able to develop my own style during my studies. Our tutors have given us real freedom and creative scope within textiles, allowing us to gain experience in other disciplines such as printmaking which has meant I can now screen-print patterns onto fabrics.

“I’m very much looking forward to seeing my work on display at the Degree Show and gauging visitors’ reaction to my collection.”

Gray’s School of Art Degree Show 2012, sponsored by BP, will showcase a plethora of undergraduate talent across a range of disciplines including 3D and product design, painting, printmaking, sculpture, fashion and textiles, graphics, digital media, visual communication, photography and electronic media.

The show will be open to the public from 16 to 23 June at Gray’s School of Art, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen. For more information, please visit:

Issued by:
Sarah Grieve
Communications Officer | Faculty of Design & Technology

Robert Gordon University
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262206