Textile Design – Level 2
Can you tell us a little bit about your background before coming to study here?
I did my A Levels in Psychology, Textiles and English Language. I was interested in both psychology and textiles and I didn’t really know which one I wanted to do. I went and did a Foundation Degree for a little bit but that didn’t go very well. I left that and went travelling and worked for a bit to get back on my feet while I decided what I wanted to do.
I decided to come to Leeds to do Textile Design because it was more academic than just doing a textile course at an art college. Because I was also interested in psychology, I wanted to do psychology as a discovery module and then hopefully I would like to go on to do art therapy. Leeds was the only place that really offered me the chance to mix both.
What kind of things are you working on at the moment in your second year?
I’ve specialised in structured textiles this year. We’ve been looking at knitting and form. So how you could take a flat piece of yarn and turn it into something structured and 3D, either manipulating it on the laser cutter or on the actual domestic machines.
What are you enjoying most about second year?
I think the freedom that you get. In first year you are finding your feet and experimenting a lot. In second year you’re more focused on what you’re personally interested in. You’re applying what you learnt in first year but in a way that works well for you. It’s a lot more your style.
What would you say the difference is from first year to second year?
In first year we did digital or structured, so you would still learn how to use the computers and I’m still able to do that, but then you also learn how to use the knit machines. You can do both but you can also combine the techniques as well. You do a lot of mark making and you’re learning loads of new things. In second year you can then refine it and do what you thought worked best.
What is it like being a student in Leeds?
I love Leeds. Back home I live in the middle of nowhere where there are just loads of sheep, so it’s really good having everything close by. Everything is just a short walk away, the night life is really good and Northerners are really nice.
Do you think you might do the Year in Industry next year?
Yes, I’m applying for that now which is exciting. I’m aiming high but I really want to go abroad. I want to try to do two six month placements either in the Netherlands or Sydney. Obviously in Sydney they might not have much going in terms of knitwear as it’s so warm, so I would like to do more of a marketing placement there and then maybe look into a knitwear and designing placement in the Netherlands.