Year Work Placement.
‘Its blend of high fashion and
world-class photography with
features on the arts, politics
and literature continues to
make each beautifully crafted
edition a collectors’ item. ‘
Where did I go: London, 10-17th
Name of companies: Dazed and Confused Magazine, and
• Type of practice or company (What do they do?) Published twice a year, AnOther Magazine
quickly established a reputation for highly original content brought together in its pages by an emerging set of
photographers, stylists and writers bound by a search for creativity and authenticity.
It is now the most recognised biannual fashion
magazine in the world.
What did I do on placement?
Returned thousands of pounds worth of clothes samples
to press offices and high profile flagship stores such as
Burberry, D&G, Dover Street Market, Miss Sixty,
Helped with Model Research and casting for
Went through archives of all the designers AnOther
Got given independent tasks to source out accessories
for parties, articles or magazine reviews.
What did I learn?
Paper cut illustration for an article called 'The
Books That Changed My Life' - "writers,
designers, artists and trendsetters" talking
about books which have change how they
read, work and live. July 2009 edition of Elle
TASKS WHILST ON WORK PLACEMENT
Animated advert for Volvo, Sweden
Visual promotion for Pilsner Urquell beer
Vogue commercial experimentation
Work towards her exhibition at the Bronte Parsonage
COMMISSION FOR VOLVO
+ fun, fulfilling, creative
- admin, marking, long
Norwich High School for Girls
One day workshop
85x Year 8 students
Hand stitched 3-dFelt Letters
Created ‘Ball Gown’ onto metal frame
Timing and organisation essential!
+ working with people,
enabling, sharing skills &
- Preparation time = 2x
workshop time plus!
Carrow House Costume & Textile Archive
preparation of workshop resources
working with schools and groups
fibre to fabric –carding, spinning, weaving
+ experiment, explore,
- messy, cold, hard work!
Two day work experience
Shibori Silk Scarves
Cross Dyed Weld & Woad
Creating products for shop
Dyeing my own project materials
+ experimenting with a range of
techniques & processes
- slow output – cost effectiveness
patterns & garments from woven cloth
upcycling offcuts overdyeing/stitch
woven tweed designs natural dyes
low impact acid dyed scarf designs
• Lifestyle – home, family, pace of work
• Ethos – what is important?
– Local Provenance
– Sharing / working with others
– Making beautiful things that will last
• Making a living – be realistic!
Work Placement with Alison
Lisa Zoylinos and
What did we do?
• Helped with self advertising
• Prepared fabric pieces for her work and
helped with construction
• Knitting and beading
• Deconstructed skirt
• Used industrial sewing machine
What we learnt
• How a freelance designer advertises themselves
• Where she sources her fabrics
• How to price your work and what costs you need to
• How to communicate with potential buyers
• How to professionally finish a piece of work
• How copyright in textiles works
Did it help your work?
• Watching a designer work made us realise
how fast the industry is, and the pace of work
we should be achieving
• Learning new techniques
• Alison taught us about other current
designers, which helped our research
What was it like working in London?
• Working in London made us realise how close
and accessible everything is
• Massive source of relevant information
• The place to go for our profession
• The place to source a variety and quality of
• An inspirational city
Did we enjoy it?
• We were doing practical work, not just making
• Friendly yet working environment
• Got some freebies!
• Nice change to be working in London
My time was spent………
• sourcing materials
• hand sewing
• reproducing designs
by ‘pricking and
• working on a
• making teas/coffees
• delivering embroidery
Hand & Lock provide hand &
machine embroidery services
• embroidery studio with
Victorian Irish and
Cornely sewing machines
(which produce chain
stitch) and modern digital
• embroidery school.
Currently also setting up
a school in New York.
• design studio
• military section
Carrow House – Costume and Textile
• I worked alongside Lisa Little, one of the curators
at Carrow House.
• They have the mammoth task of conserving and
documenting a history
of everything textile related.
• This includes, clothing,
shoes, jewellery, dress
photos and more.
Organising the placement.
• I found I had to be very persistant when I was
organising a work placement here. They are
very busy people, but very appreciative of any
• Contact details: 01603 223870
301 King Street
Norfolk NR1 2TS
What did I do?
• I helped chronologically order and separate various
• I helped by sorting through the dress patterns, such as
Vogue, Simplicity.... There are SO many.
• I helped put together a collection to be exhibited at the
Castle Museum, ‘The Beatles to Bowie’ exhibition.
• I put together workshop kits for making Victorian buttons. I
was also there to help set this up.
• I also helped to conserve a beautiful piece of patchwork
that was donated whilst I was there.
• Also, my favourite, I had to catalogue and re-pack hundreds
What did I learn?
• I learnt to be more organised
• I learnt how to treat old textiles with care, how
to prepare and store them
• I was also lucky enough to attend a Chinese
drawing workshop in place of Lisa Little
• I was able to assess the finished quality of much
of the textiles/clothing and apply it to my own
What would I do differently?
• Find another placement with more relevance
to my studio practice
• Contact sooner
• Be brave! Make the effort to go to London or
wherever needs to be to gain that all
Where did I go?
• Alpaca Farm near Dereham
• Farm with 200 alpacas, sales, stud services,
• Alpaca clothing, accessories and soft furnishings
for sale on-line and on-site
• Fleeces sent to mill for making into yarn and
• Mainly one off designs
Why did I go there?
• Part of a local network PIN (produced in
Norfolk) so possible useful future contacts
• Opportunity to use different knitting
machines and improve my knitting skills
• See how a small business runs
• I love alpacas
How did I organise the placement?
• Went on a visit organised by NUCA
• Showed Su some of my samples
• Sent CV
• Arranged dates by email
First Work Placement:
Costume & Textile Study Centre at Carrow House
Name of contact: Lisa Little
Job description: Costume & Textile Study Centre
Tel: 01603 223870
Address: 301 King Street, Norwich, NR1 2TN
Second Work Placement:
Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion
Name of contact: Marcelle Bobby
Tel: 01473 433550
Address: Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service,
Ipswich Museum, High Street, Ipswich IP1 3QH
Organise your work placement as early as possible
Search websites for contact details
Do not just send an email
Do not be afraid to make a nuisance of yourself
Try to state what you want to achieve from the experience and
why you have chosen that particular placement
Costume and Textile Study
Centre at Carrow House
Research into historic textiles
and textile techniques
Organisation of the handling
Volunteering on a open day
Ipswich Museum and
Visiting the archives
Front of house
The Demon Barber
Chen Hong ‘Fish King’
Gaining new knowledge
Effecting studio practice
Steps taken to gain a
• Produce a creative CV
• Write a covering letter – Making it
appropriate to each company.
• Send letter AND email each company-
Including a copy of CV on both
• Be persistent
• I done this at the very beginning of yr
• Toured the factory
• Worked on 3 different briefs
for specialised clients,
– Research – internet / book
– Found images with the use
of the Walters paper
– Drawing up designs
– Finding fabric qualities /
weights and finishes from
the fabric archive.
• Learnt about finishing
techniques and was shown
• Was involved in photo
shoots for the proposte
• Produced sample cards of
• During the placement I
• The importance of the
quality of a finished fabric
• How to use various
computer programmes to
send designs to the
• To be confident in my own
• Learnt about what it means
to be a ‘textile’ designer
• Time management
• A great amount of advice
If I could do it all again…
• I would organise a placement in a
fashion company as well.
• I would push my work more – Ask
more advice regarding my own
• Take samples of my work
• Be confident in the ideas and work
that I produced