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Henoc Maketo, Birmingham 2011
Henoc is a Congo-born textile designer who won a student's award for his vibrant work. www.contemporarylab.com

Barbara writes: Henoc was the Fabric Award winner at Interiors Birmingham 2011. I was a judge and Henoc inspired us with the vibrancy of his work, both on display and in an extensive portfolio. I loved his exuberant personality, and I have an ongoing weakness for African patterns. With a successful textile business ruined by conflicts in his native Congo, Henoc came to London to undertake his BA in Printed Textile Design at the University of East London. The design in the photograph was created for seats on public transport.

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