After developing a fascination with art at an early age, I studied Fashion Design & Technology for my undergraduate degree. Subsequently, having worked in marketing and sales for the majority of my adult life, I then decided to return to my first love and completed my PTTLS & PCET qualification in order to share my passion with others – something, which I find extremely satisfying and rewarding.
Whilst completing that course, I spent time training at the College of North East London (CONEL), where I was teaching a mixed group of students aged from 16+ in the BTEC Art and Design: Fashion Pathway. I introduced and supported students in pattern cutting and dress making techniques by adapting and creating various styles on small-scale pattern blocks. The aim was to build their confidence in using a sewing machine and to a focus on detail and how to finishing a garment properly.
I will be starting my PG Cert at University of Arts London in January but, in the meantime, I continue to pursue a variety of personal and educational projects.
I am currently the head designer for an early stage fashion start-up based in Birmingham and I have also started knitting. I am also volunteering at a community craft/support group initiative in Walthamstow called Significant Seams, where I’m brushing up on my skills and helping some of the other members with their mental health recovery.
Furthermore, I’m part of Debbie Bliss’s knitting group in Walthamstow where I am currently knitting as many square patches as possible to create blankets for homeless refugees in Calais.