BA (Hons) Textile student Sarah Appleton tells us about her placement at Hand and Lock.

“I work primarily with hand and digital stitch and hand print techniques and have an illustrative style within my design, the inspiration for my work spans anywhere from cinema to outer space to my own cat, James. I like to mix textures; fibrous against smooth, matt and gloss, synthetic and natural. I enjoy creating complex and unusual colour pallets and employing [sometimes laborious] hand processes such as print, stitch and dye. I am finding my studies at AUB very challenging at times, but extremely rewarding and feel that I have grown both personally and professionally during my stint here, which is an invaluable benefit.

During my placement at Hand & Lock, I tackled many tasks, from organising seemingly endless shelves and drawers of threads and braids to hand stitching appliqued monograms onto jackets and even designing and installing their Christmas window along with fellow interns! Interning there was hard work, tiring but great fun, the staff are all incredibly welcoming and friendly and helped me learn two new techniques; Goldwork and Tambour Beading during my stay. The placement was incredibly beneficial to my course and career plans as I learnt so much about professionalism and finishing techniques, and I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity.

Along with my placement at Hand & Lock, my time at AUB has also brought me several other fantastic opportunities, for example; being a runner-up in a local embroidery competition led to a paid job for Bournemouth Borough Council and this has really helped me raise my confidence enough to build a [small] web presence and sell some of my work on and offline.”

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