So this is my very first blog for the University of Huddersfield, and I have to say, it’s difficult to know where to start so I thought I’d give you a bit of background about me and my studies.
I currently study a BA Hons Textile Crafts and am in my third year which I have chosen to take as a sandwich year. A sandwich year is a great opportunity as it gives you the option to either start your own business, undertake work placements or even go abroad on study exchanges. The best part of a sandwich year is that, if completed, it will go on your degree as opposed to just doing work experience in your spare time.
For my sandwich year I decided I’d like to travel but also to work within the UK. I originally had a work placement confirmed in Italy with a fashion company who create trimmings for top designers, however due to unforeseen circumstances this fell through. Instead, I spent the first six months of the year working for a company called Texere Yarns in Bradford. Texere is an old mill which is now used as a shop to sell yarn and other textile equipment.
Although this placement was unpaid, it was ideal for myself as the hours were as flexible as I needed them which meant I could also keep my other part time jobs. My role whilst there mainly involved creating samples from the yarn on sale to be displayed on the shop floor. Later in my placement I also started creating patterns for knitted garments which are now also being sold with my name on. I found this placement really useful as I was given a lot of freedom and had to learn to be very independant. I also had to teach myself to follow knitting patterns; something I had never done before.
After these 6 months I was due to go work in Italy, however because this had fallen through I instead chose to look into a study exchange and ended up here in Besancon, France.
The school I am studying at is called the Beaux Arts and is a lot different to Huddersfield. For a start, it’s much smaller and so are the class sizes. Moving here has definitley been an experience for me. For a start, this is the first time I have ever lived on my own and away from home. For my first two years of Uni I lived at home in order to save money and keep my jobs but felt that coming abroad was too great of an opportunity to pass on.
My classes are also very different to Huddersfield as is the style of teaching. There are no textile based classes but we can work with textiles within some classes such as sculpture. My favourite class so far has been painting. Each week we are challenged to something new and I feel my work is getting better and better. Back in Huddersfield I had become so focused on the textiles that I forgot about my drawing but by coming here I feel like I will try to balance it a bit more in my Final Year.
I sometimes find the classes difficult due to the amount of freedom we have. Everything is so laid back and very fine-art focused, which is great, but sometimes I miss the support of the tutors at Huddersfield and how they push me to improve.
I also miss British food! I have been craving fish and chips since I got here!
In my next post I’l be talking more about my classes and approaching deadlines.
That’s all for now!