I thought I would write a post about my steps in terms of studying. From school to college to uni and the skills I have learnt along the way!
We will just jump in from school! I always knew I wanted to do something in fashion. The dream was move to New York and design clothes for a big company. Until I reached college I didn't really know what that would entail (LOL). At school they asked me in fourth year if I wanted to leave to do hairdressing as they thought that would be good for me after never expressing that it was something I wanted to do. I would say the lack of creative outlets at my school made me feel like I didn't know what I wanted to do. Finding my way really comes down to my art teacher. After asking her about paths to take in art she pointed me in the direction of textile design, which is how I found my college course!
After sixth year I got accepted into "Fashion and Textiles" at Glasgow Clyde college. A two year course that introduced me to so many types of design. Print design, weaving, garment construction and loads more. I loved it! I made great friends and the lecturers were all amazing! Super supportive and helpful. Being in a place with like minded people gave me confidence and the skills to create. From making clothes here I realised that it was not my forte but creating the patterns to go on top of the clothes was something I could get on board with.
Which then lead me to apply for Uni! I got into second year of a 4 year course at Heriot Watt University for Textile Design specialising in Print Design which is based in Galashiels (the Scottish borders). A few of my college friends moved with me which definitely made it easier! It was a big jump from college and a bit daunting to join in second year when everyone had already made their friends, but once we settled in everyone was so lovely. It was quite a small class compared to other courses so you really get to know everyone and it's a great community to have! Everyone gets a desk in an open studio space and we would all bounce ideas off one another, mostly me asking for help haha.The course itself didn't really come with much support. It really was in at the deep end, sink or swim. Being design led, it is your interpretation of the brief for the project which doesn't always fall in your favour. If the lecturer doesn't like how you've interpreted it then it is a tough old road but key is to work hard and back up all your processes. I managed to get a 2.1 which I was ecstatic about as I had convinced myself that I had failed (like everyone does). I was pretty glad to leave. Not the friends I had made but the actual course. I was ready to move on by then!
I am a firm believer in everything happens for a reason and this journey was no exception. I made friends for life, pushed myself and worked bloody hard throughout. If you were to pay me to do it again I wouldn't. I have definitely built a back bone, resilience and a positive attitude throughout my studies which I am thankful for and I am glad to be in a position that whatever I make or design there's always gonna be someone else that likes it too!
Ramble over, time for a tea.
(My last ever Uni hand in! A children's wallpaper/interior collection inspired by Barcelona)