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Move Over Stella…
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Pembrokeshire College student Beth Lewis from Hakin, has secured her place to study Fashion and Design, Women’s-wear at the world renowned Central Saint Martins, London. The application process was not for the faint hearted, 5,000 worldwide Stella McCartney and John Galliano wannabes applied (both notable former students), 100 shortlisted and 40 invited to the school for an interview. Beth was one of six finalists selected to study this September…phew! This gargantuan achievement is a testament to Beth’s dedication to her craft during the past two years at College. “Beth is a highly motivated individual who fully engages with her subject and sets herself high standards. She sees the value in the world beyond her main subject area as a catalyst for creative ideas and understands the rigours of the creative process. Her drawing and design development book show a contemporary outlook and is her constant companion,” said Sally James, Senior Lecturer.
Before enrolling on the Extended Diploma in Fashion and Textiles, Beth explored hair styling but it soon became clear that she had been holding the wrong type of scissors! After initially gaining a creative grounding on our Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design, she is now about to complete the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fashion & Textiles. Beth now joins the ranks of many talented students that have been given the creative freedom and guidance by the art and design faculty to flourish and aspire to top universities.
For Beth, and those students before her, having had the exposure of being taught by a pool of College talent, academically and professionally, has been life-changing; “offering this type of provision with first-rate teaching is what education is all about at the College, ” said Curriculum Leader Cath Brookes. “I know it may sound like a cliché but if it wasn’t for my lecturers (Sally James and Julia Rees), I don’t think Saint Martins would have been within my reach,” enthused Beth. Beth was also offered a place to study at Kingston School of Art and Design, which is also another top university destination for designers. “ To be given the choice of the two was just fantastic. I selected Saint Martins as they tend to give students the freedom to explore, which is what I am used to at College”
So what clinched it for Beth? “They were really interested in my portfolio and design books, which show all of my creative thinking and processes. I think they liked the way I approach ideas and really enjoy the experimenting and design development” said Beth.
“Having spent several summers in Japan where my dad works, I was really lucky to experience a contemporary culture, which ultimately inspired the work they reviewed and which has formed the basis of my end of College exhibition pieces” finally commented Beth.
Join us for a Fashion and Design Tasters on Thursday 28th May 10.30 am – 3.30pm with Julia & Sally. The aim of the day will be to experience an intense micro project, which will explore the whole design process in a day!
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