Vahekeny is currently studying for an MA (Textiles and Surface Design) by Creative Practice at the University of Bolton and is exhibiting as a ONE YEAR ON graduate from 2020. As part of the creative show 2020 'Unlocked' Vahekeny exhibited her work digitally, this year her work has been produced as physical prints for furnishing fabrics and transport design, based on the 2020 / 2021 trend and colour report ‘Multi-Local’ from Heimtextil 2020 international trade fair.
In June 2020 she was spotted as 'one of five UK bold geometric graduates to watch' by New Designers for Dezeen Journal. Vahekeny has recently produced designs for a classic Cox and Co. tubular chair as part of the the 'Maker Project' co-ordinated by Research Director and Assistant Teaching Professor Tom Sutton, which is on display in our Atrium Gallery degree show exhibition for 2021.
Vahekeny has explored diverse areas of the Multi Local trend through methods of photographic research, and drawn studies incorporating a wide variety of painting processes, before taking these to the computer to digitally manipulate. The transport collection has been inspired by renowned textile designers such as Enid Marx, and the hospitality collection made reference to design companies including Timorous Beasties, and others housed at the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre.
Designs have been printed by repeat registration using a range of techniques such as devore, flock and foil printing onto different fabric substrates, both as fabric samples to obtain different textural qualities, and to take to the computer using Adobe Creatie Suite and AVA CAD CAM as part of the inherent design process.