When I was back home in England recently, i dusted down some of my university work. It was a strange and awkward flash back, as it often is, looking back on your own work from over a decade ago. In this 3 part series i'll share 3 projects I did in my final year of university at CCAD. The First one 'Love and War', went on to win both the Royal Society of Arts 'AWI' and 'Textile Society Lucienne Day' awards and was quite on trend for it's concept and aesthetic back then. I was the first student from my course to enter such a compition and really did have a bit of a fight on my hands to do so. Just to set the scene it was 2002 and Blair and Bush were hell bent on finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The World Trade Center Attack had just happened. Times were quite unsettled. This project 'Love and War' was my little protest for peace. It was fairly daring at that time, as many of the students textiles and surface designs were more traditional in their floral based, gentile concepts. In the end i produced over 35 prints for my 'Love and War' collection, taking a late 40's floral aesthetic and giving it a 21st century conversation about the state of the world. I've often prided myself on my ability to pick up on a trend bubbling under the surface and over the course of that year many other designers started playing with similar iconography, such as Suck UK's gun vase.