Fashion Business and Promotion, Staff Profile

Laura-ArrowsmithWhere and what did you study?
I am a former BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion (previously BA (Hons) Fashion Retail Management) student and graduated from Birmingham City University in 2011 with a first class degree .
What are your career highlights?
Managing photo shoots around the world such as Miami and South Africa, also seeing campaigns that I have worked on in Elle, Grazia and Red magazine.

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Fashion Branding and Communication, Staff Profile

Jo Hurley_colourWhere and what did you study?
I had the pleasure of studying BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Retail Management here at Birmingham City University when it was previously University of Central England.
What are your career highlights?
Teaching in Hong Kong was a fantastic highlight as I loved working with students from international backgrounds in such a dynamic city. I also loved working as an external examiner at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute and seeing the final projects and presentations that students put together on international fashion concepts.
What are your specialist areas of expertise?
After I graduated, I enjoyed working for the trend consultancy- The Future Laboratory. It was here that I learnt about the processes of trend research and how to investigate consumer tribes and behaviour. We came up with branding concepts for Marks and Spencer, Thomas Pink and the beauty brand Olay to name a few. Another specialism is identifying and styling vintage clothing which I learnt whilst archiving Wayne Hemingway and the Land of lost content’s vast collection of design items. I also had my own vintage boutique on ASOS and enjoyed showcasing my collection across London markets and vintage events.
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Graduates, Staff Profile, Textile Design

Kay-williamson-picWhere and what did you study? 
I am a former Birmingham City Univeristy BA (Hons)Textile Design student and graduated in 2008 with a first class degree in Printed Textile Design.
I later decided to further my studies overseas and graduated in 2016 with an MFA in CRAFT! Textiles at Konstfack University College of Art, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden.
What are your career highlights?
I spent a year in southern Finland teaching at Ostra Nylands Yrkesinstitut Inveon vocational college – a professional placement funded by the British Council Comenius Assistantship Programme. This was my first taste of international education and really shaped the direction of my career in teaching and relationship with textiles (and massively grew my collection of anything Marimekko!)
Nothing really compares with the two intensive years spent at Konstfack in Stockholm. The most challenging, but most transformative. We were a very small cohort of less than 20 students. Here I truly experienced the benefit of a close-knit learning community.

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Staff Profile, Textile Design

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I studied Textile Design in the late 1990s, specialising in Embroidery.  Creatively, it ignited my interest in structure, craftsmanship and culture, but it also inspired me to aspire to teach.
What are you career highlights?
There are many! My career has had many chapters… An early highlight from my initial fashion industry days, was seeing my embroidered scarf collection on sale in Liberty’s, sharing a table with those of Armani. Later it was seeing the knitwear garments I designed for Marion Foale being showcased at Paris Fashion Week.   As my career focus changed and my interest in craft based livelihoods strengthened, spending a year as a VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) volunteer developing textile design education in Mongolia was an incredible experience.  It went onto inform my MsC in Applied Development Studies and led onto me re-establishing my own practice again. I now create textile/ceramic art pieces that are made for exhibition and to commission.  This year my work featured in COLLECT: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects at the Saatchi Gallery – a personal ambition realised!  Developing an academic and practice career in parallel has not been easy, so achieving Senior Lecturer was certainly a highlight.
What are your specialist areas?
A cross-disciplinary practice and approach to craft and design which involves a broad spectrum of textile specialist skills, combined with design and industry awareness which I explore through 3-dimensional applications of textiles. Also, nurturing creativity and seeking to develop confident, resilient humans are integral parts of my work.

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Staff Profile, Textile Design

TD BCU-Fashion-Textiles-268 Kate Farley 10What did you study at University?
I studied Printed Textiles and Surface Design in the mid 1990s. It was a great time for me to explore drawing as well as establishing my own design process, alongside practical print skills.I then studied for an MA in Book Art. This enabled me to develop my design approach in a fine art context, and combine my interest in visual communication and narratives / sequential design which still remains at the forefront of my practice.
What are you career highlights?
In education my career moment has to be now, as Course Director of BA (Hons) Textile Design, working with a really committed team to deliver the best degree course we can. I’ve just received my Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, that recognises my contribution to learning and teaching in Higher Education and this couldn’t have been achieved without this team. As a Designer I’ve worked on so many diverse projects, from designing artwork to be made in gravel, for three large roof-scapes on Birmingham’s QE hospital, to making books that have been bought by the Tate, and creating bespoke patterns for products with the Barbican Centre. I have enjoyed them all and learned lots at the time. Most recently having my designs on posters across the London underground network and in the London Transport Museum shop and archive feels hard to beat.

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Fashion Branding and Communication, Staff Profile

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What did you study at University?
I studied for my degree in BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles at Ravensbourne in London. I decided to take the plunge and start my own fashion brand when I graduated as it is something I had always wanted to do. This was a great success and I took it to a fashion boutique on central London Carnaby Street, and with concessions in Topshop and Debenhams.
I am currently undertaking an MA in Visual Communication at BCU, this is a great opportunity to extend my knowledge and add to my skill set. I am specialising in brand experience and just undertook a brand audit project for Francesco, the hairdressing group.
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Fashion Business and Promotion, Staff Profile

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What did you study at University?
I did my degree in BA (Hons) Fashion Retail Buying. I graduated just as the recession hit the UK when the job market was struggling,  so I moved to New York for 7 months to pursue an Internship to differentiate my experience from my peers.
I then enrolled on an MA in Fashion & Textiles (part-time)  a year later. As my study was part-time, I was able to spend 6 months working for a Trend Forecasting company in Paris. I then achieved a Distinction in my MA (showing off now!). Continue Reading
Fashion Business and Promotion, Staff Profile

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Where and what did you study?
I have come full circle in my career as I actually studied the course I now lecture, BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion, previously known as Fashion Retail Management at Birmingham City University. It has been six years since I graduated so it’s really great to see how the course has evolved and remains at the forefront of developments within the industry. It also gives me a great understanding of being both a student and lecturer on the course, which really helps me engage with our students, as I can literally say I was once in their shoes.

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