Emma Shipley – Drive, Determination and Dedication

by Louise Chilman
First-year BA (Hons) Textile Design student

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On the 23rd March 2017, Emma Shipley a graphic and textile designer and former student of Birmingham City University,  delivered a talk as part of the Fashioning Futures lecture programme run by the University.

Drive, Determination and Dedication are definitely the terms to use in regards to Emma!

Since her Graduation in 2008 Emma has gone on to set up her own brand which is now stocked in many prestigious store including Liberty.

Emma spoke very highly of her time here on the Textile Design course – praising it for allowing her to develop her style and approach in the first two years, so that by her third and final year, she was confident enough to push herself to achieve the very best she could and establish her own style as a designer.

Emma’s D R I V E  is clear in all she does and she is very ambitious! Work placement and internships were something she could not recommend enough. Used as a tool for both learning and networking, Emma believes she would not be where she is today without them._MG_9937 JH

During her studies, Emma said she undertook approximately  seven placements in her own time, one of which,Whiston and Wright, led to her working with them for a year once she had graduated.

Throughout her studies and career, Emma took part in and won many competitions and used her winnings and links formed to further her own business. Emma has shown her work at New Designers, Textprint, London Fashion Week and Premiere Vision in Paris, all of which are phenomenal shows to have taken part in.

D E T E R M I N A T I O N. Emma knew that she wanted to continue her studies after Birmingham City University and so applied to undertake an MA at the Royal College of Arts, London.

Emma’s incredible and intricate drawing style is definitely her personal signature. Her drawings are often a composition of lots of different areas of inspiration, from mythical creatures to botanical elements, all combined in an asymmetrical design. These stunning pieces start as a pencil drawing and are then coloured and modified using computer aided design. Emma’s work is predominantly scarves, printed and made in Italy, but she has designed cushions and bags along with other projects from different collaborations.

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Emma has worked in collaboration with companies such as: Disney, Atelier Swarovski, Umbro, Anthropology and Osbourne and Little; to name but a few.

Emma’s D E D I C A T I O N  is clear to see and her own label is thriving because of it!


Find out more about BA (Hons) Textile Design at Birmingham City University.