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I graduated with a First class hons in Textile Design from the University of Derby. I'd love to be designing fabrics for fashion and eventually be in a job which could bring together my passion of textile and design with my love of travelling the world. Possibly a way of sourcing products for designers and stores. Or in the hunt of fabrics and clothing to show at museum and gallery exhibitions.
I worked with the general public daily and offered the best possible customer service, through optical and product knowledge, as well as my sales techniques. This new knowledge had to be acquired at a very quick pace to ensure I could meet targets. I was also trained as a contact lens specialist, learning the in depth knowledge, to understand this alternative option to eyewear. I tutored patients on the correct practise of the optical lens, as well as the administration side; ordering prescribed lenses to store, setting up direct debit schemes and maintaining relations with the store’s contact lens wearers. On the arrival of a patient, I would guide them through the pre screening routine and pass the results onto the optometrist. This would include taking retinal photographs, a prescription reading using an auto-refractor and testing of visual fields. On completion of the sight test, I assisted the patient with frame selection. Using my fashion interest, I kept up to date with key styles and was especially keen to promote the fashionable frames. Once a decision was made, I was at a level of experience to dispense single vision spectacles.
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My degree course has confirmed how passionate I am about fashion and textiles. Before specialising in print, using both digital and traditional hand techniques, I also learned how to weave and knit using CAD programmed machinery. Experimentation with fabrics, chemicals and dyes resulted in my final womenswear collection being selected with twelve other candidates, to represent the University of Derby, at New Designers 2013. This was a very proud moment! My written dissertation ‘An exploration into the life-cycle and disposal of clothing’ exposed the global problems caused by throwing away our old clothes and the solutions available. Skills gained throughout my degree course include: • IT skills: Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite; Photoshop & Illustrator. • Make informed decisions in response to information and experiences. • Have a very high attention for detail • Have a mature and responsible approach to working on my own initiative • Plan and manage my own learning and adapt new developments in my area of interest • Communicate ideas and information comprehensively and professionally in visual, oral and written forms • Apply an understanding of audience, fitness for purpose and the implications of the solution to my independent studies. • Show my ability to apply specialist textile design skills and use equipment confidently
In June 2014 I embarked on a round the world trip that spanned 7 different countries; Texas, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore! It was my reward for studying for many years and also an opportunity for me to research other cultures in order to inspire me for the next step in my design work! In every country I visited I made sure I was able to record and photograph my findings in order to feed into future projects.. The fashions, textiles, decorative arts and architecture were beautiful. In order to travel I had to: