The creative arts has always been something that has inspired me throughout my early life. English and History were my favourite subjects in secondary school and I went on to study them in A-Level with a plan to study Journalism. However, a change of heart and a desire to chase my artistic passions, I chose to study Fashion Design and Development at London College of Fashion.With no artistic background, I didn't study Art related subjects in secondary or A-Level, I cobbled together a portfolio to submit and take to the interview. Looking back now, the portfolio was painfully amateur and made no sense, but my drive and passion must have shone through as I was offered a place on the course that day. Beginning my degree was a steep learning curve. But eventually, after determination and a lot of sleepless nights, I began to succeed as much as my peers who had come from art backgrounds themselves. For one of my first projects (and the first thing I ever designed and made) I made a vest with a Jean-Paul Gaultier style bullet bra silhouette. Despite the flaws in the execution, I've still kept that piece as it reminds me of how far I've come but also how proud I was in that moment to have made something entirely myself. During the rest of my degree I began to flourish, and quickly became an all-rounder. I enjoyed the process from research and design, to pattern making and machining. During the development of my graduate collection, I flourished when designing collage posters, concept reports and prints. I created a set of screen print designs that could be collaged together on fabric. As well as this element I created two puffer jackets with the puffed sections designed in spirals. The logical side of my brain enjoys creative pattern cutting and seeing a 2D image come together in a 3D realisation.
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