(Seaweed farming in Oban, Scotland with Scottish Association for Marine Science)
What did you like most about your course, and what did you find most challenging?
I had a lot of freedom in this course. It was a good mix of fashion design blended with innovative thinking, conceptual speculations and technology/science – it was an energetic experience! The highlight was the introduction to speculative design in fashion, specifically around our bodies. It really opened my eyes to more possibilities and ways which we can challenge accepted norms in fashion design. We identify current problems and then let our minds run wild as to what the world would look like if the problems persisted, and how we would design for the identities in such a context. The biggest challenge is the opposite – not getting distracted by all the ideas! There’s so many options so it’s about choosing the best one to focus on.
What would be your top three tips for prospective students?
I would say the most important thing to take away from any MA experience, is using this time to figure out your design philosophy. I’m always revising mine, but here are 3 curated tips I’ve logged into my head this year that have guided me:
– “First concept, then design” – says everyone
– “You’ve got to know the rules to break them” – Alexander McQueen
– “You know I’m not designed to live in your 9.5 world” – 30 Rock
What are your plans now that you’ve finished your MA?
I have a few interesting prospects that are still in the works. My hiatus was exactly what I wanted, because now I miss working! I can’t wait to get back into it again.