Hannah Claydon is a third year BA (Hons) Fashion student, whose film 'That's Not Very Ladylike' has recently been showcased by Graduate Fashion Week. We caught up with her to find out more about her practice, what she enjoys about studying at the University, and her plans for after graduation.

Why did you choose to study at Leeds Arts University?

I chose Leeds Arts University because it is a small specialist art University. It wasn’t like choosing a big university that does hundreds of subjects, you’re around people with similar interests to you. You can learn from every other course and use their resources as well as your own. This enhances what you study so much, and you end up with a wide range of skills you’d never even heard of before coming to uni.

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

I specialise in fashion concepts and communication, focusing mainly on set design within fashion film. Currently I’m undertaking my final major project which involves me making six sets for six different fashion film and photography shoots, and using them to create a website, Instagram and final printed publication. They’re pretty crazy sets, really big and colourful. I’ve got a poodle and two cats to source for them yet. There’s a lot of work to be done, but I always work better under pressure!

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How does the University help you to develop your practice?

The University helps students to go into different practices by learning new skills. It’s so easy to just book onto an induction for whatever you want to do. I do ceramics, film developing and screen printing just for a hobby, but then I find myself thinking ‘oh I could screen print a book cover and have it as a prop in my set’... or ‘I’ll develop this film myself to save me some money’... It’s great because you get the facilities you need with technicians always around to help you if you need it.

What do you plan to do after University?

I’m moving to London this summer. I’m looking to get a job or paid internship as a junior art director for a fashion company. I feel this is the sort of role that encompasses all the skills I’ve learnt doing Fashion Communication. In the meantime, me and two friends who are also graduating from Leeds Arts University are putting together a plan for a small business selling homeware. It’s in the early stages at the minute but I’m excited for that to start happening and to maybe earn a bit of money to move away. I’ve lived in the North all my life, so to go to London will make a nice change really.

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What makes Leeds a good place to study?

Leeds is the best place to be a student. It’s what everyone says, but it really is! When you’re living in Hyde Park there’s always something going on. There’s so many student events too, working together with independent bars or clubs to put on art shows or gigs. There’s Headingley as well which is really nice if you want a change from the city centre. Leeds as a whole is such a nice community to be a part of.

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