Current BA (Hons) Textiles Level 4 Student, Louisa Bishop tells us about her industry placement with Martina Spetlova, Fashion and Textiles Designer.

“Working alongside Martina Spetlova for 8 weeks was an invaluable experience and I learnt a huge amount. I enjoyed working for a small company as it is much more personal and I felt I gained a greater insight into what it is like to be self-employed in the fashion textiles industry.

I completed a range of diverse tasks which helped me to identify what her working life is like on a day to day basis.

My roles included weaving textiles for production, sourcing fabric, pattern cutting, tracing and drafting for AW16, unpicking and hand sewing garments and running errands such as picking up fabrics/threads/ribbons from suppliers in London.

Whilst Martina travelled overseas to teach for a day each week, I was set research tasks to create mood boards, design using Photoshop and look for new suppliers.

My favourite role was helping to develop the textiles for her SS17 collection. I developed mood boards sourcing colour, texture and designer inspirations, and recreated these ideas into samples with a focus on colour and shape.

I learnt new ways to research for textile and fashion inspiration, source new products such as buckles and foils and most importantly developed new and innovative textiles techniques that could be used in Martina’s work.”