BA (Hons) Textiles grauates Sharayah Engelbrecht & Sophia Chan tell us what they have been up to since graduating.

Sharayah Engelbrecht

Since graduating in 2014 Sharayah has been working as a Freelance Designer at a local lifestyle fashion company local to Bournemouth, Brakeburn in Poole.

“I am working full time as a freelancer designer at Brakeburn in Poole.
Initially I was in charge of editing products for the catalogue, which involved colour matching, adding prints and editing the accessories and clothing range.”
“Working with the design team has given me the chance to continually improve my digital skills on Illustrator and Photoshop. I am getting a real insight into how to design commercially with colours and prints. I am also gaining valuable experience in various administrative roles.”

Sophia Chan

Also having graduated in 2014 Sophia has had success winning the Mamas and Papas Stroller competition and is now working as the Print & Graphics Designer at Brakeburn in Poole.
“Currently I am working for a lifestyle fashion company as print & graphics designer.  With this, I create all in house prints for garments and accessories as well as graphics for mens tees and company branding. I also get to put together the seasonal catalogues for each collection and even attend the photo shoots as co-photographer.”
“I am keen on carrying on with my own designing, so I always seek inspiration outside of work too to develop my own ideas.”

A Stitch in Line Exhibition

Sharayah and Sophia were also both involved in the recent A Stitch in Line Exhibition, showing some work from their final major projects from their graduate collections.

Sharayah – “My project was inspired by my love for exotic birds and reptiles. I wanted to produce playful prints that brought nature to life in the home. With a traditional approach to drawing I wanted to show the beauty of nature, in all of the small details with textures and colours. The birds and reptiles are featured among flowers and plants in their natural environment. I explored the idea of camouflage to soften the reptiles in my prints and used the birds as the main focus for their beauty and aesthetics.”

Sophia – “In the exhibition I displayed my 3rd year final project which was aimed at a luxury fashion market. I collaborated the intriguing qualities of jade and the Chinese meanings that are held within it. It was also meant to hold a reflection of myself too, as I am always wanting to learn more about my Chinese heritage.”