Amy Thomson is a third year BA (Hons) Fashion student, whose work has recently been showcased by Graduate Fashion Week. We caught up with her to find out more about her practice, and why she enjoys studying at the University.

Why did you choose to study at Leeds Arts University?

I chose to study at Leeds Arts University as when I first visited I found the graduate collections very inspiring. Being in an art institution allows you to interpret each course and project in your own style, and having access to a range of workshops makes the course a lot more creative. As soon as I walked into Leeds Arts University I knew this was where I wanted to be and study.

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What do you specialise in, and what are you working on at the moment?

I study BA (Hons) Fashion Design, however I'm specialising in fashion illustration, using garments as a canvas for my drawings. At the moment I'm working on my graduate collection which is based on challenging stereotypical views of women through surface pattern elements. My garments are more like show pieces, having hand rendered illustrations on the surface and containing accessories to assist each look. My accessories and illustrations are my market point, creating illustrative tights and hairy gloves to assist the characters within my collection.

How does the University help you to develop your practice?

University helps me develop my practice as I have never felt like I'm studying one course. Having access to other workshops has benefited someone like me who likes to use illustration; I’ve previously used the print studios and digital print facilities to produce my drawings. Leeds Collage of Art is a very creative environment; the University encourages you to be different and out there, merging as many practices as you like.

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What do you plan to do after University?

Leaving university is a very scary thought! I'm hoping to set up my own business based on fashion illustration, selling illustrations, accessories and other small pieces with hand rendered surface pattern detail. Whether this includes freelance work, private clients or sales of my collection. I also really want to go into curating exhibition spaces as I see my works as showpieces; I could create attention that way and develop my set design skills.

What makes Leeds a good place to study?

Leeds is a good place to study as it's an emerging place for fashion. There's a lot going on that is current, I would encourage anyone who has an interest in fashion who doesn’t want move to London to study here. There are lot of opportunities, both current and upcoming.


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