The students were asked to produce designs from a choice of three briefs, and research and develop product material aimed at a specific clientele that the business works with regularly. One of the projects was aimed at a Middle East market so the students had to consider the cultural impact of their designs. The project mirrored how the business reports back to its clients and then takes projects forward to the next stage, so provided the students with valuable industry experience.
The students researched a range of techniques for hand embroidery, trend research and fabric suitability and were supported through the project with meetings, reviews and feedback – gaining experience in how to work in a freelance capacity and liaise with industry professionals.
Rosalyn Chivers – owner of Mollie Regan Textiles said:
“It was a pleasure to work with the students and I was impressed with their professional attitude to the projects and ability to understand the client base. Their final projects were visually stimulating and appropriate for the marketplace – and the project offered them the chance to explore and understand new skills in textiles, and adapt them to commercial use with supporting visualisations.
“Several of the students showed creativity and understanding of the concept from an early stage and were able to develop their thought processes very effectively to a marketable result – I will showcase these selected students work on my website in due course.”