Students from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) have won awards in the "Lixing Cup" Innovation and Entrepreneurship competition, including the overall Bronze Prize.

The "Lixing Cup'' is a creative design competition run by the Jilin Animation Institute, China, a partner institution of the University of Portsmouth.

In support of international collaboration during these unusual times, the Institute opened up an international track to their annual competition, which focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship in the creative and cultural industries. 

Creative projects from the Schools of Film, Media and Communication; Art, Design and Performance; and Creative Technologies received awards, selected by a panel of professional judges. Jilin Animation Institute noted they “show the outstanding level of creativity in the university” and congratulated the students on their success.

Recent BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design graduate Lucas Cross won the Bronze Prize for his fashion design film Fresh West. The project was selected from over 350 submissions to receive one of three monetary prizes.

Watch Lucas Cross' 2020 fashion film
Fresh West

Fresh West is a collection inspired by the natural beauty of Freshwater West, Pembroke, and the plastic pollution that threatens it. Drawing inspiration from the 1980s New Romantics, this collection looks back in time to draw from traditional tailoring techniques to create a plastic-free collection. Focusing on the impact of the collection from cradle to grave, it boasts elements of organic fabric, reclaimed fibres, and recycled garments. All of it is biodegradable and won’t damage this planet for years to come. This sustainable, natural element is contrasted with plastic pollution taken from the beach, Freshwater West.

This juxtaposition, highlighting the damage and danger that these objects pose to natural life, is used to create details such as hand embroidery with fishing wire, buttons made from plastic waste and knotted fishing ropes. Utilising a lot of constructed textiles, such as crocheting with reclaimed t-shirt material, natural dyed hyperbolic crochet and free embroidering organic denim, this collection draws inspiration from the changing shapes of the beach.

Freshwater West is a place that means a great deal to me, having watched it being slowly destroyed as the years go by. Nature is a gift and we are destroying it. There should be respect for something so powerful.

Three other projects achieved an Award of Excellence:

  • Life drawing: a life under lights comic book AR APP – an AR project by Fabrizio Caruso, BSc (Hons) Digital Media graduate

Congratulations to all the students involved.