Astrid Sarkissian

Astrid Sarkissian, photo by UAL Alumni Association team
Photo by UAL Alumni Association team ©

Designer - Central Saint Martins, BA (Hons) Performance Design and Practice, 2009

What are your memories of being a student?

I have amazing memories of being a student, especially as an international student from France. I think it was a great chance to meet people from so many different countries. 

Who was your favourite member of staff and why?

Michael Spencer, he knew my work and was always able to direct me to finding the best support.

What was the best part about being a student here and living in London?

I think the best part was that London is so multicultural and there are so many arty things happening and you are always surprised at what you can see. You are also in a very dynamic atmosphere where I think my creativity has developed the most through the years.

Do you keep in touch with the people you met here?

Yes, I keep in touch with a lot of people from my course. We often work together, help each other on different projects and also help each other by networking and sharing contacts. We decided to create an alumni group in Paris to help us work closer together and organise some events.

What do you do now?

After my MA in Paris I decided to focus on textile design and creating digital prints for fabrics.  I specialise in luxury silks and freelance print design.  I am also working on my own collection of scarves.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received, and what advice would you pass on to students or recent graduates?

Hard work is the best thing to help you achieve what you want to do. Don't be frightened to take some risks. During your studies, keep in touch with industry, do some work experience and build up your contacts during your studies because you will be working with the same people after graduating.

What is your proudest achievement so far?

Starting my own project in textile digital print even though I didn't study in the same field.  I think this is the main thing that I learned at Central Saint Martins, that we are able to do everything even in different fields. We are truly multidisciplinary.

What drives you to keep pursuing your dreams?

Motivation. The feeling of achieving something makes me always want to do more and I think it is this ambition that makes you want to work in the creative industry. It's the adrenalin rush that makes you always want to make more and progress.

What are your goals for the future?

My goal is to set up my own company and be able to make a living from it. Also to be involved in a lot of different projects.

What do you like most about being part of the alumni community?

That we can meet so many different people with the same interests and that we have some common memories.