Belfast Design Week Artist Showcase – Amanda Nicholl & Anna Trainor

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Patricia van den Akker – Director of The Design Trust.

We’re very excited to be part of the inaugural Belfast Design Week – we’re joining forces with four other Belfast destination stores  MAVEN, KILN&LOOM, SpaceCRAFT, ATELIER to celebrate the wealth of local and independent design that thrives in our city.

On  Tuesday 3rd November we are hosting an artist showcase featuring up and coming young printmakers, recent graduates of UUB, Amanda Nicholl and Anna Trainor.

Both have a bold, graphic style, and use punchy colours, creating patterns that are wonderfully contemporary, whilst also being remincent of Mid-Century pattern design.

They will be with us for the evening, exhibiting their fabrics and giving an insight into their design and production processes.

We hope you’ll join us for this event, where well also have a special discount of 10% off everything under £150, and some bubbly!!

Amanda Nicholl BDes

Inspired by opposites Amanda combines bold geometric shapes, linear lines and graphic structures with fluid, organic and rhythmic objects. New York city, and contrasingly, natural outdoor surroundings have the inspirations for her recent printed textile collection.

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Her interprets her view of the outdoors and how she feels in those different surroundings.

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I feel enthusiastic when I am out in the open air, more excited, active and full of life; and I hope to portray that within my designs with the use of brave marks and shots of colour.”

Amanda Nicholl

Multiple layers, repeating pattern and an upbeat colour palette, and textured marks of form a contemporary and fresh collection of patterns.

Amanda aims to promote hand screen printed fabrics and wallcoverings for use within interior spaces.

Anna Trainor BDes

 Anna Trainor is a young and emerging textile print designer from Kilkeel in Northern Ireland, currently working in the interior design industry.


Inspired by optical illusions, interior angles and architectural structure, her SAKAKKU collection of geometric patterns are translated from initial paper cut designs to be digitally printed on cotton sateen fabric suitable for interiors use.


Colour theory has generated the inspiration for a range of designs motivated by movement, rhythm and contrasting shades.


The designs have the strength and order of a universal language and geometry, an inherent playfulness that consistently challenges the rules and boundaries of geometric principles and a highly refined and sophisticated use of vibrant colour.

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