Roles and Responsibilities
I’ve been here at the School of Textiles and Design from 2008, where I support my colleagues as a technician in the sewing workshops. We teach students all aspects of garment assembly to enable them to go into industry with the knowledge of commercial manufacturing methods.
I am also involved in running workshops for schools and CPD workshops for teachers out with semester time.
I began my journey into fashion design and technology at the age of 16, studying at Newcastle College of Art, where I received my ND in Fashion Design. I then went on to complete an HND and BA (Hons) in Fashion Design with Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University. During my 3rd year I undertook a work placement in Australia, consisting of 3 months study at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology followed by work with a local fashion designer.
After moving to Edinburgh I worked with a dressmaker where I developed the skills and experience to set up my own business. The business has progressed from garment make and alterations to assisting a variety of start-up businesses with product development and making initial samples and prototypes. Through this I continue to learn new skills and gain an insight into new technology and ideas within the apparel industry.
Following a year at Dundee College teaching on the HNC and HND Fashion and Textile course in 2007/08 I found working with students to be a very rewarding experience. This led to my employment, here at the School, as a Fashion Technician.