This week has been really busy, but in a good way! The highlight was the Awards Lunch with the Worshipful Company of Weavers in London at Saddlers’ Hall.
The first 6 months of my current job are supported by the Weavers’ Company on their Entry to Work placement scheme. Their annual ‘Court Breakfast’ brings together all recent graduates on the Entry to Work programme (8 of us this year), all the final year student scholarship winners as well as industry representatives, members of the Weavers’ and Clothworkers’ Guilds, college tutors and members of other textile organisations such as Texprint, the Textile Institute and New Designers.
My colleague Nicola and I were asked to give a short speech about our placement experience. Despite a few nerves it went well (judging from the feedback, not just my humble opinion!). It was really good to have an opportunity to formally thank the people who have supported us.
Stella Tennant was the keynote speaker and it was great to hear her speak of her work within the fashion industry, most notably her work modelling for Chanel and the importance of getting her first break into the industry. She made the point that it is important to foster new talent coming into the textiles and fashion industry, and to make sure opportunities are created for young people to show what they are capable of and to make their mark. Stella was also kind enough to stop and speak to us after the lunch – we really look forward to seeing her future work in the world of fashion.
As an extra bonus, I had a chance to catch up with a few familiar faces from my degree course at Heriot-Watt, so although very brief it was a lovely afternoon.
Little celebration at the end of the day.