First Prize Winner in the Hand and Lock Open Category

Very many congratulations to alumni of Bath School of Art and Design Jacky Puzey on her well deserved win.
Jacky has been Queen Bee on our ZSK embroidery machines for a long time helping guide our students through the technical process of machine embroidery.We look forward to her lecture, about her career path,decision making and the future, to the students.

Jackie’s website.

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Chanel and Liberty in one swoop!

What a fabulous way for the students to start the new academic year by visiting two incredible shows.

Here we see a good mix of images from Mademoiselle PrivĂ© at Saatchi, Duke Of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, London SW3 4RY
and
Liberty in Fashion 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF

Both are still on and you can catch if you are quick.

http://www.ftmlondon.org/ftm-exhibitions/liberty-in-fashion/

http://mademoiselleprive.chanel.com/en_WW/

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Landing a Dream Job

We’re not in the least bit surprised that this years graduate POLLY FERRAR has landed the job of her dreams.
Always dedicated to developing and improving her distinctive style Polly was more than willing to work extremely hard and listen to advise.She went from strength to strength.
Polly will now be designing for the Childrenswear dept in Marks and Spencer specialising in girls wear.

We’re so pleased for you.Congratulations

We’ll look forward to seeing your work when it hits the stores in the near future Polly.

Images from Polly’s degree show collections

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Katie Ray in Tanzania, East Africa.

Aisha at work.

Alumni Katie Ray’s career…

I’ve been working at Neema Crafts as the Design Director for 4 years now.

Neema crafts is an incredible center based in the heartland of Tanzania, which works specifically with people with disabilities.We employ around 110 people with disabilities at our centre, most of whom have been trained to make high quality crafts.

There are so many aspects that I love about my job, but I’ll try and just mention a few.

Firstly I love the design side of my role. At the centre the options are almost endless, we have 8 different departments from weaving, tailoring, screen printing and carpentry.
When you combine all these skills in one place the creative potential is enormous and it’s my job to funnel this into new and exciting designs.

Secondly I’ve loved the challenge of creating a successful business.
Although we are primarily a charity, we believe in order to be sustainable long term we must run as a competitive business. Over the last few years we’ve worked on expanding our markets and building a good reputation across Tanzania based on the quality of our goods.

Finally I love what I do as I am using the skills that I gained on my degree course(BA Hons Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors at Bath Spa University) in a positive way.
We’re working with people that otherwise would most likely be begging on the streets for a living, instead of which they are now making beautiful crafts that are appreciated by the many people that pass through our doors each day.

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This year we’ll be opening our online store in the UK and therefore start increasing our international market.

If you would like to know more about our centre check out our website http://www.neemacrafts.com

Best of luck with all you do and every success with the shop Katie.We can’t wait for it to go live.I have my eyes on a pair of shoes!