The Tengri Innovation Award was launched in 2018 to encourage the implementation of sustainable fashion and textiles working towards a more sustainable industry standard and future.
The award was open to final-year students of the Tengri Innovation Partnership, an initiative which includes some of the UK’s most influential academic and creative institutions. Designers were invited to present innovative and sustainable approaches to textiles, to meet criteria set to demonstrate forward-thinking conceptualisation of sustainable fibres and practices that rework cultural and traditional techniques.
Tengri Innovation Award 2018 – Winner
Henrietta Johns, Central St Martins, Textile Design BA (Hons)
Henrietta’s work is rooted in a deep exploration of natural animal fibres and innovative designs using traditional felting techniques, creating new fabric surfaces with 100% animal fibre.
Christopher Ehrlich, Central Saint Martins, BA Fashion Design - Menswear
Christopher is accredited for his conscientious approach to sustainability with one-piece pattern cutting, reinventing a traditional tailoring technique used in the early 1900s.
Cecile Tulkens, Central Saint Martins, BA Fashion Design - Knitwear
Cecile combines traditional and industrial techniques, incorporating an ancient form of crocheting originated in Belgium into her work.
Zoe Atkinson, University of the Arts London, BA Textile Design
Zoe’s amour-like knitwear combines natural materials such as leather skins, wood and soft woollen textures, to create an inventive outlook of future materiality.
Congratulations to our 2018 winner and runners-up!
Winner: A one-year mentorship with Tengri, as well as six-month paid internship supported with Tengri Noble Yarns for production and a cash prize.
Runners-up: Each is awarded Tengri Noble Yarns, fabrics and cash prizes.
All winner and runners-up will also be invited to join the Tengri design collective working on the brief for Tengri's 2019/20 collection.