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One of our third year students, Annick Akanni, spent time in Italy late last year as the recipient of an
international study workshop prize at the prestigious Fondazione Antonio Ratti textiles school.
Annick has written about her experiences in today’s post:
It was a dream come true when I found out I was selected to do a workshop in Lake Como, Italy. First thing I was thinking, was that I needed to find out where George Clooney lived and meet him…(“Keep dreaming Annick” haha)
a few of the views of Lake Como

Como, Italy what can I say, ‘Absolutely Beautiful’! A peaceful and small city situated around a lake…words cannot explain this.

I was one of 16 privileged designers from across the world to be chosen to participate, in the first ever Advanced Textile Design course at the prestigious Antonio Ratti Fondazione. The inspirational creative director/ trend forecaster and designer Tal Lancman mentored us, alongside the Fondazione’s  high- profile personnel, as well as having the honour of working with two of Como’s major silk and textile manufacturers Ratti Spa and Mantero Spa.

Just a taste of the archives Annick was able to access

During my time there, we were shown ancient textiles and artefacts of Como and the world, dating back many years. I learned about the silk production there and it was so interesting, as a textile designer I was really intrigued. I worked in a small group of four designers, and was created, designed and put together a themed project and produced our very own designs of jacquard and prints on fabric.
Annick’s team at work on their collaborative project


This experience was an opportunity of a lifetime, and one I will always remember. I gained more knowledge about design & art history; I met and collaborated with talented individuals and head textile designers; built new friendships, networks and most importantly grew more confidence in myself, my style and never doubted my passion for textiles.

Annick (second from left) & Friends

I will be back in Como after I finish university this year, doing a 3-4 month Internship, something so surreal – I’m really looking forward to it.
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