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www.laurashrimpton.com I am a recent graduate of Chelsea College of Arts, London, having gained a First Class Honours in BA Textile Design. Despite having gained experience in the fashion industry through various placements with Jonathan Saunders and the British Fashion Council, my core passions lie with interiors and set design/styling. I love working within a spatial context, something which I developed over the course of my studies. I take a very hands-on approach, investigating both the two and three dimensional aspects of material. My work has a strong material focus, with design decisions sensitively informed by the characteristics of my chosen materials. I take inspiration from the everyday banalities of life and enjoy exploring the potential of common shapes, patterns and materials. I like to explore texture, tactility and illusion of surface in my work. I am skilled within both digital and screen print. Further personal interests include a fascination with languages, travel and culture. As part of my second year at Chelsea, I had the opportunity to live and study in Paris for 3 months, which has given me the travel bug! I am hardworking, determined and enthusiastic and look forward to the next opportunity that comes my way!
I was an intern for the head of print and textiles at this international fashion company. I was, as a result, heavily involved in the design process for prints, embroideries and jacquards to be used in their SS15 collection. I was also responsible for filing samples and design development ideas into their relevant folders, ensuring they were organised and readily accessible to refer to. I prepared inspiration, design and sample boards to be taken into meetings with the designers. It was a highly pressurised environment and I had to work fast and work to deadlines, communicating with the rest of the team. I learnt a lot of technical skills on the computer and also by hand. I was responsible for dyeing fabrics by hand to colour match to small swatches; using Illustrator and Photoshop to clean up and colour designs, as well as putting them into repeats and altering their scale. I created samples and swatches. I developed a particular print from the beginning, which was subsequently used on several garments in the collection and shown on the catwalk in September 2014.
I was employed by the British Fashion Council during London Fashion Week, working on the registration desk for Press. I was responsible for the vetting of applications to gain access to London Fashion Week; checking each applicant’s commissioning letters and documentation. I had to remain professional and offer each person the same high standard of service, being the first representative of the BFC that the delegates would meet during the week. I had to have a calm attitude and use a methodical order to process each registration, sometimes under pressure. I learnt about the organisational running of Fashion Week, to ensure that the trade event was successful and encouraged positive results for the fashion industry.
Learning screen and digital print techniques, research and presentation skills and material and process experimentation and innovation. Graduated with First Class Honours
Work selected by expert panel for the Design Museum's annual design competition and was classed as being within the top 10% of undergraduate applications across the country. As a result, I was invited to attend a symposium at the Design Museum, London.
Selected as one of 16 graduates to exhibit under ual:now at Design Junction, as part of London Design Festival 2015.
Sold work to Rebecca Minkoff, New York, January 2015.