I studied Womenswear Fashion, I absolutely loved every minute of it, I worked hard and played hard. Although my first love is embroidery and textiles, studying fashion meant that I would learn practical skills in pattern cutting and garment construction. I knew I needed to be able to create a real product to sell, fashion was the obvious choice to me. Best decision I ever made.
I continued to develop my embroidery and figuring out how I could combine this with fashion was trial and error but very addictive. I wanted to create a very cool and fashionable look, lets be honest embroidery can be somewhat twee! I had a vision for what I wanted to create and I just kept practising and practicing. I had to succeed.
As much as I would have loved to embroider from dusk till dawn I just couldn’t see how a wall hanging could pay the rent!
‘Fashion in my opinion should never be taken too seriously, I have always had a good laugh at it at times, you have to stay sane, the ridiculous things people come up with and funnier still actually wear, the hype, the hot air. However I thrived off the pressure, the deadlines, the all nighters, the run up to a show’
Portobello Market: even as a student I was ambitious to start my own selling collections, students always needed the money, London has many temptations!
4am starts, getting night bus to grab a good pitch in the fashion area, dragging suitcases, setting up stand at 5.30am. It was worth it and progress was made, I started designing and selling my collections to a boutique off Portobello road.
My tutor suggested I apply to RCA , I never could have imagined such a thing.
Confidence is such an amazing drug and mine begun to grow, cautiously!
Never expected to ever get beyond the first round of interviews
But I did.
I got in!