Since graduating I have continued to explore and create. I started my business ‘House of Cally’ in 2016; I produce illustrations, soft furnishings and ceramics. I create all of the art and design work myself, as well as running the day-to-day admin side of the business. My work has been featured in publications such as Time Out London, Living etc and the Londonist and BBC London news. I have stocked my ceramics in retailers such as Selfridges, the British Museum, Battersea Power Station design store and the South Bank Centre.
This job was my first experience working on a feature film; it was both challenging and exciting. My role was to firstly come up with all of the costume and wardrobe concepts for each character and scene, the director and myself then worked together to finalise these. I was in charge of liaising with couture designers, sourcing, and together with my assistants making and fitting the garments. I was then on set everyday dressing actors, standing by for continuity, repairing and altering costumes, giving direction to my team of assistants and keeping my department organised. This role required a great deal of meticulous planning and strong management skills. Patience and quick thinking was also necessary to combat frequent last minute design changes. I believe my strong communication and people skills allowed me to fully communicate my creative ideas, interact in a professional manor with the actors and give direction to my team.
During my time interning at Purple PR, I learnt many important skills that have greatly served me throughout my career. Duties included compiling guest lists, contacting agents and publicists, sending out invitations and planning interior decorations.
This fast paced job required exceptional organisational, communication and people skills. I initially started at the company as a PR intern after graduating from Central Saint Martins. An assistant position was then created for me in the events department. After demonstrating my abilities and strengths in this role I moved into the head of events position. I subsequently organised several London fashion week shows and events. Duties included managing a team of staff, securing a great deal of sponsorship, compiling guest lists and seating plans, communicating with the fashion director, head designer and show stylists to create set designs and floor plans. I also in charge of liaising with agents and managers regarding securing VIP guests, looking after them at the show and making sure my team on the door where enforcing the strict guest list. Additionally I also did a great deal of the in house PR pre and post show.
Award for best costume designer for my work on the feature film 'Lucid'