My name is Hollie Newton; I am a 23-year-old graduate of Northumbria University, after studying BA (Hons) Fashion Design – specialising in Menswear Pattern Cutting with Knitwear.
I took part in the first year of TICE working in the creative area of fashion; I was preparing my applications for university and felt that TICE would offer a unique insight into the fashion industry, which I didn’t yet have, as well as the prospect to build new skills in preparation for an undergraduate degree. During my experience the range of projects available, as well as the areas in which I could learn excited me. Furthermore, the chance to meet new people who shared my interest and passion, together with the mentors experience and live projects was an opportunity too good to miss. Confidence is one of the main skills I’ve developed through taking part and working with TICE, encouraging me to share my experiences and advice with students in the following years. On a technical level, I was also introduced to creative software packages, working with Photoshop, whilst taking part in TICE which was hugely beneficial when starting university and undertaking internships, as I had a skills base to work from.
Since taking part in TICE in 2009-10 I have returned to aid with workshops and creative days, which is great to see fresh faces, as well as, work with friends that I have made along the way! Throughout my degree I have undertaken internships and paid placements with companies such as Hemingway Design and Marks & Spencer. I have had a number of creative accomplishments, ranging from having some of my work published in Martin Dawber’s ‘A Complete Fashion Sketchbook’, to winning an international competition in which I travelled to Indonesia on a research trip; this involved seeing ikat fabric being woven; from this inspiration, I then designed and manufactured a collection, and returned to show at Jakarta Fashion Week in October 2015. However, my most recent achievements include showing my Final Collection at Graduate Fashion Week 2016 and being offered an Assistant Menswear Designer position at ASOS.
TICE is a great opportunity to spend time learning new skills whilst doing something you’re passionate about. Unlike in school, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside mentors who are currently working in the industry and are able to transfer their knowledge first hand. Working with other schools will also allow you to socialise and become confident working outside your comfort zone, I’d definitely recommend taking part in TICE if you want a head start in a creative career!