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Since my childhood, fashion has played a big part in my life and has become a great passion for me. I love the whole concept of fashion and how the way you dress can tell a lot about a person character. I also love how fashion can be used and is being used in the current climate to portray political messages, a key feature to my final graduate collection. Fashion to me is a way to show freedom of expression.
Carys, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Designer?
I would aspire to be a designer in my own right and to put my name to garments and show that even if you come from a small town in Wales if you have drive and determination you can achieve any goal you set yourself.
Who is your inspiration in life Carys? How do you keep inspired?
In my life, I take inspiration from many sources. Firstly, I take inspiration from my parents in terms of their drive and work hard ethics which have been instilled in me from a child. Secondly, my uncle has played a massive role in me pursuing my dream career in a creative industry, him being into the fashion industry himself and creating his brand and setting up a leather coat/jacket shop all from his home has inspired me to be my boss. Lastly, I take inspiration from my surroundings in terms of the fashion world, so what is new in fashion? What is working in trends at the moment? And possibly, why do I think this is working? And from there I like to see, how could I alter this trend and change it to my own version? I do take my inspiration from a lot of places, so it's really hard to pinpoint just one!
We all make mistakes Carys; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Designer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I don't believe that as designers we make 'mistakes' as such. I believe that in the creative industry there is a lot of scope for development and self-progression and I think that whilst in that process you will come across methods/ways of working that possibly don't work for you at that time and then. As a result, you need to find an appropriate response in order to suit your environment and situation better. I think in order to learn more, you have to adapt and change to your surroundings but always making sure you stand true to yourself and what you know usually works for you.
Carys, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Designer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
I tend to try and see what needs to be done first in terms of what will be the most difficult to do (its always best to get that done first) and then I also look at what needs to be completed by what dates and prioritise from that.
Please tell us Carys, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Designer?
Throughout my third year I always need to be strategic in order to ensure I get every requirement done on time. I also have to make quick decisions in order to get things going; this is a very important quality to have, you need to be decisive and know what you like (take others advice on board, but don't change what you want for someone else) it's all about adapting to the situation.
Carys, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I think that this is something that I am currently doing in my final year at uni. You need to explain your concept to everyone and to get them on board with your way of thinking for them to visualise your concept in your designs and help them to realise the relationship between the two. I think if someone can visualise and understand your concept you know your onto a winner!
Carys, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Designer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
I recently won the Gold Award for Visual Merchandising at UK Skills Wales. I had to design a window display from a brief given to me to then be realised in the form of an imitation window booth.
Carys, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
My final year at uni doing a fashion degree is a very creative time for me. The third year for me has been all about finding out how creativity works for me and how I can be creative in my own right. I have a love for all things digital, and I enjoy the process of creating design portfolios, this is where I find my creativity comes out most!
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Designer?
To always be determined and remember the reasons you are doing it, if you don't have a love for it, the likelihood of being driven to do well in a very hard and high-intensity industry such as fashion would be quite low if you didn't love what you do! So my main advice always is true to yourself and your personal/professional goals.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am currently in my third year so any sorts of collaborations I would welcome! I love to hear other peoples visions and ideas and asses how this could also contribute to the success of both of us!
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