A final year textiles student and flourishing entrepreneur from Cardiff Metropolitan University, Jenny Evans, is photographing her final year university collection at Insole Court this week, offering a snapshot of her bespoke nature inspired designs from her business, Jenny Kate.
Twenty-three-year-old year student and business owner, Jenny Evans, creates a mix of textiles, art and household designs inspired by her love of wildlife. Jenny's pieces are beautiful, commercial and scientifically accurate, and her most recent collection and final university project, Binding Roots, will be photographed in the drawing room in the recently restored manor house– Insole Court, a local listed building near the university's Llandaff campus for five days to promote her work and business.
Jenny's final university design project, Binding Roots, will inform Jenny's own full homeware collection which she is in the process of creating and will launch in 2019. The collection will include cushions, wallpapers, ceramics, lighting, coffee tables and one-off luxury items. These designs will appear on Jenny's new website, due to launch in mid-May and her new website will allow customers to pre-order Jenny's bespoke pieces from early 2019.
Last year Jenny became Student Entrepreneur of the Year for Wales' runner up and runner up of Best Business Idea at Big Ideas Wales. Jenny was also crowned 2017 Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards winner after founding her very own textile design business, Jenny Evans Designs – which she has now rebranded as Jenny Kate.
Jenny decided to use the prize money she received from Santander, to capture her collection at Insole Court, and support the promotion of her work and growing business, with photography and videography taking place over the course of the week.
Jenny Kate is a creative company that celebrates nature with thoughtful designs captured from a unique perspective and produces bespoke products for people around the world. She has already completed a number of high profile collaborations and commissions with organisations such as the British Dragonfly Society, WWT London Wetlands Centre and the National Marine Aquarium.
As well as creating her final year collection and growing her business, Jenny has found time to collaborate with other Cardiff Metropolitan CSAD students on some exciting designs, including a collection with ceramicist Bert Jones and solid bronze bramble table and floor lamps, as well as bronze inlaid table designed in partnership with former student, turned Cardiff Metropolitan staff, Evan Moore.
Jenny's final collection will be open to the public for the first time at the Cardiff School of Art and Design graduate summer show taking place at the end of May.
Following advice from Cardiff Met's Centre for Entrepreneurship and to further support Jenny's business, Jenny was also recently accepted onto the Welsh Government's Business Wales Accelerated Growth Programme (AGP) which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which provides specialist tailored support for businesses with the ambition to significantly accelerate their growth and fulfil their high growth potential.