Personal Statement

My interest in Art and Design based subjects has always been strong and has been reflected in my subject choices and results from GCSE onwards, and I am very keen to pursue Higher Education and a career in this field. I am now completing a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, specialising in Fashion. Whilst in this specialism I have developed many practical and theoretical skills, and have found that I am more suited to the Marketing and Communication area within the Fashion industry. I am passionate about pursuing a course at University that will help me to further develop my skillset.
Fashion Communication in particular interests me as it allows me to apply my creativity in a way that differs from the design and construction elements, which I have been accustomed to over years of studying Textiles and Fashion. My current and previous studies have built up the technical knowledge and understanding I need to enable me to progress onto a Degree programme with confidence whilst giving me an opportunity to gain new skills and utilising opportunities.
The Foundation course has given me a lot of valuable experience already, not only in terms of practical creative skills in sewing, drawing techniques, sketchbook development, etc, but also indirect experience that will equip me for Higher Education such as shifting from a small town to a city environment, and being given the responsibility of effectively managing my own time and practical work. Being in a creative environment has definitely benefited me and I feel this is apparent in the quality and composition of my work. I am able to find inspiration easily and have access to a wealth of exhibitions and galleries from which my past work has been influenced, such as the Jumana Emil Abboud exhibition on Palestinian Folklore at the Baltic, and the 18th-19th Century paintings of the Laing gallery.
I have taken part in a number of volunteering schemes alongside my waitressing job, all of
which have given me valuable transferrable skills and experience which has allowed me to
explore my creativity in different ways. I have volunteered at The Alnwick Garden, working
alongside the employees at creative events and activities hosted for children. The experience has helped me to build on my teamwork and leadership skills as well as developing a strong set of communicational and interpersonal skills. Through volunteering I have obtained a ‘reference’ from Her Grace, the Duchess of Northumberland which is invaluable. The skills gained are transferable to Higher Education as they show I am reliable, responsible and enthusiastic about artistic and creative tasks.
At age 17, I also volunteered weekly in a local Oxfam shop. I was part of the shop’s team for a year and I added to this experience with a full week of work experience there which I
completed in June 2015. During the year I completed a wide range of tasks in the shop, from pricing items, to sorting and organising donations, creating window displays based around a theme, operating the till, and stock taking. All of these contributed towards my creative and communicational skills, and also helped me to develop confidence as I had to be self-directed and carry out jobs correctly, and punctuality was very important, which is something I pride myself highly upon. I think that my time volunteering in Oxfam will be particularly useful in relation to a creative, marketing-based course as the responsibilities included creating shop-front displays, organising donations and styling the different areas within the shop.
I am confident University will be a great help in showing the options available to after I
graduate; I will use the wealth of knowledge and experience it will give me to progress into a creative, Fashion-centred career that allows me to use my creative abilities to take my
passion and utilise it into a career.

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