Our Portfolio Workshop at the V&A was a jam-packed week of creativity, inspiration and learning, as our young people worked to build and enhance their portfolios of work for university, college or job applications. We were lucky enough to be joined by All Saints for two days of the course for a garment construction workshop and inspiring talks about working in industry.
On our first day, we visited the jewellery exhibition to gain inspiration for designs using embroidery. We also heard from FAD alumnus and Textile Design graduate Toni-Louise Parker about her specialism in embroidery and her range of work. It was so inspiring to see how this art can be applied to garments and the various techniques involved in creating different designs.
On Tuesday and Wednesday we were delighted to be joined by Mel and Bazeley from All Saints to run a garment construction workshop inspired by All Saints’ signature style. Senior Pattern Cutter Bazeley and Senior Garment Technologist Mel spoke to us about their roles and career journeys so far, and gave an invaluable insight into the industry. By the end of the day on Wednesday, the young people had finished the garments they had made from scratch. They had designed, cut their own patterns and sewn garments to create their finished ‘All Saints’ tops!
“It was a really nice opportunity to teach people about my craft and my industry. Pattern cutting is something that seems to be a dying trade, so any way I can promote it and share it with other people is really interesting to me. It’s something that people can be quite afraid of, but it’s so much fun and once you know how to do it, it can be applied to so many other aspects of your life.” – Bazeley, All Saints Senior Pattern Cutter
On Thursday we focussed on creating digital prints on Photoshop, designing our own range of printed garments. We visited the exhibitions on South East Asia to create sketches that inspired our digital designs.
Finally, on Friday we visited the Arup Ove exhibition and created our own shoe designs inspired by architecture. Architecture student and FAD alumnus Hafsa Meho spoke to us about the links between fashion and architecture, as well as giving us a passionate talk about her degree and career journey. Feeling inspired, the young people then used their designs to create prototypes for their shoes in order to test and expand their ideas.
“The workshop was really helpful and gave me a lot more confidence to be able to start pulling my portfolio together, I learnt how to utilise my ICT skills and to be able to start applying them to my fashion work. I think my favourite part was definitely having All Saints come in and help; listening to their professional advice and gaining contacts in industry was so useful!” – Daisy Haggerty, FAD Portfolio Workshop Beneficiary
“The workshop was so worth it! I learnt so much more than I thought I could in a week! I really enjoyed doing something different every day and researching in the V&A, but my favourite part was working with All Saints to create a garment in a few hours. It really helped me to think about how to properly construct a garment and their talks about working in industry were really interesting.” – Salma Osman, FAD Portfolio Workshop Beneficiary
By the end of the week, the young people involved had sketchbooks and portfolios brimming with work to share with employers and universities. We’d like to thank the V&A, Hafsa, Toni-Louise, Mel, Bazeley and All Saints for making this workshop a possibility!
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