Carmen Lau is a mix media textile designer, specialising in fashion fabrics. Her main inspiration comes from natural forms in plants and natural surroundings. Hand stitched and digital embroidery are her main specialisms, alongside other skills which include manipulation, digital print and laser work to construct her own embellishments using a variety of materials. It is important for Carmen to have strong colours to work with as this is a key aspect in her work. The end result is often complied of a rich colour palette, that has evolved through the use of colour experimentations. Carmen graduated from Arts University Bournemouth in 2017 with a BA in Textile Design.
I managed and organised the vintage archive and contemporary collection, as well as assisting in the customer reception and other members in the company. This was valuable experience because I was able to work for different departments within the company.
My responsibilities included the managing visual aspects of the shop interior and this was valuable as I learnt to create memorable window displays. Visiting Parlane's trade show with the designer, it gave me and insight into the technicalities of buying in the business.