Laura Ensinger had wanted to be a fabric print designer since she was a little girl and won her first design competition at the age of eight.
Now 21 and completing her BA/BSc Hons Textiles with Surface Design degree at the University of Huddersfield, she has won a national design award and will be representing the UK in an international competition.
Brought up in Bury St Edmunds, where her parents still live in Brairwood Avenue, she was educated at South Lee and King Edward VI schools.
At eight she won her age group in a John Banks Suzuki competition to design artwork for the roof of a Swift hatchback, getting a radio control model with her design on it.
At 15 she was part of a project at King Edward VI where East Anglian schools designed carousel horses for Pleasurewood Hills, which the Bury school’s effort won.
Having won the North of England final of the Society of Dyers and Colourists International Design Competition for design undergraduates, she went on to win the national final in York.
She said proudly: “I shall now be representing the UK at the international stage of the competition which is to be held in Shanghai in November.”
Laura hopes it will raise her profile as she seeks jobs.
She said: “I was always really interested in painting and that’s grown.
“When I went into the course at university, I already always knew I wanted to be a commercial print designer. I’m hoping to get a job with a homewares brand in London.”
She is currently displaying her work at the university Graduate Show and will be exhibiting some of her work at the New Designers show in London from June 30 to July 2.