2017 Student Rug Design Competition

For 28 years, Hagopian has fostered educational excellence in design with their annual Student Rug Design Competition, offering scholarships and donations to local colleges. Hagopian World of Rugs and The College for Creative Studies celebrated this year’s competition with judges from our local design community. The 2016-17 theme was centered around a new controversial art-form – graffiti. We asked the students to create a design that would reflect the concept of “street stories”. The entries were inspired!

Appearing left to right:
Michelle Mio, Rariden, Schumacher, Mio
Katie Rodriguez, Katie Rodriguez Design
Alecia Haney, Assistant Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations at College for Creative Studies
Carlos Tovar, Hagopian World of Rugs
Cassandra Brower, guest
Shannon McPartlon, Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations at College for Creative Studies
Edmond Hagopian, Hagopian World of Rugs
Suzanne Hagopian, Hagopian World of Rugs
Angela Hagopian Snow, Hagopian World of Rugs 

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Katherine Chmielewski, Junior
This rug is inspired by the concept that graffiti is not only a form of art and expression, but a form of communication. The design featured on this rug takes deconstructed letters of the alphabet and connects them to create a graphic pattern. The scrambled letters represent the potential for expression as well as the potential power that words hold when the letters are assembled - similar to the power that graffiti holds in communities as public art.
Josephine Leone, Sophomore
For my rug design I chose to abstract the form of clay brick. Many street artists choose to use bricks as a canvas for their expressive and colorful art. I believe brick is a warm material that instills feelings of security because if its strength. I relate to the material because the skill of masonry is one that has been passed down through generations in my family. I see how this fundamental skill has influenced me and my own creative decisions throughout my life.
Jacqueline Franciosi, Freshman
My design was inspired by the adrenaline rush experienced by graffiti artists as they quickly apply the medium before being caught. The pattern was created by drawing adrenaline molecules and allowing the pen to smear. The rug can fit into various spaces, such as a contemporary loft or school.

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention

Abraham Buddish, Junior
Graffiti is ever changing.It starts with one mark and then grows until the creator is done. It often continues to change by people adding on to it or painting over it. Sometimes the city/owners paint over the graffiti blocking our view of it. But we still know that something exists beneath the gray paint. The censored or covered areas spark our imagination wondering what was there. The gray also creates a fresh canvas for the next beginning.
Jennifer Rudziensky, Freshman
When I think of Detroit street art, the first things that come to mind are the little things I see everyday that help make Detroit feel like home to me and the thousands of other people that live here. One of these such things are the several underpasses in the Midtown area that feature colorful geometric designs painted by local community groups (including CCS students!). For this reason I chose to create a design that also reflected this sense of playful geometry, that would remind people of these "voices of Detroit. In examination of the cultural impact that graffiti art has had on our city, I think it is also important to note the work of extremely influential artists such as Shepard Fairey, who have left their own mark on the Motor City and its wonders. The color palette I chose for the rug is intended to mimic that of Shephard Fairey's pieces, which often feature a neutral color palette with red for their defining elements.

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