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Terri McStraw Shows Real Potential for a Global Career in Textile Design


Textile graduate Terri McStraw wins Craft in Business Award for local fabric designs

Craft NI is pleased to announce that textile graduate Terri McStraw has won the prestigious Craft in Business Award, for her local fabric design plans with global appeal.

An initiative of Craft NI and Invest Northern Ireland, Terri is the winner of the 8th annual Craft in Business Award which recognises designer-makers in the early stages of their career, whose artistic concepts display incredible potential for the development of a successful craft business.

From Gilford, fabric design that connects interior spaces to local places is already her hallmark. Terri’s current collection Fíor (Irish for real or genuine) features luxurious wool and silk from which she has created structured and striking fabrics that are tactile and timeless. Examples of her work are currently on display at

Terri said: “I am honoured to receive such a prestigious award. With this support I have the opportunity to ensure our famed craft of weaving is sustained through contemporary practice."

Terri has designs on bigger future developments and she is currently taking the first steps towards developing an upholstery fabric collection. Focusing on a more durable yarn, this will take her in the direction of innovative collaborative working, both with yarn producers and other design fields. From there, she plans to bring her locally made, contemporary woven products to an international audience.

Alan Kane, Director of Craft NI said: “Craft NI are pleased, supported by Invest NI, to highlight an applied arts graduate who has demonstrated real capacity for innovative fabric design, and vision for sharing her work successfully in a business context, with very interesting plans for growth and development. We wish her every success in her career”.

Grainne McVeigh, Director of Life Sciences, Electric and Consumer Products, said: “Invest NI is committed to encouraging innovation through design in business and to helping export focused companies in the creative sector to achieve their full potential. Terri Straw’s entry in the Craft in Business Award demonstrated design led, global business potential and Invest NI is delighted to recognise her creativity and entrepreneurial flair.”

The Craft in Business Award was presented at the Ulster University Belfast School of Art annual graduate prize-giving ceremony on the 5th of June 2015 Craft NI looks forward to watching Terri’s career progress as they have done for previous award winners, such as ceramicists Rachel Leary (2014) Wendy Ward (2013) and textile artist Lauren Scott (2012). Find out more on

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