Georgia Dorey - Textile Designer

Georgia Dorey - Tall Totem Spot

Georgia Dorey graduated from Chelsea's BA Textile Design course in 2012 and completed her MA at the Royal College of Art.

Why did you choose BA Textile Design at Chelsea?

The College has a great feel to it - it's small but perfectly formed! 

The studios are bright and spacious and I always felt inspired to get to work when I walked through the door.

How did you choose your course? 

From a young age, I always thought I'd study fashion. After my Foundation course, I began studying fashion at another university, but soon realised it wasn't for me.

So I took a year out to intern at various fashion houses to learn more about the industry. I decided textile design was the area of fashion for me as it let's you engage fully with the body and environment.

I applied to a selection of very good universities and ended up getting a place at the one I wanted most! 

What's your favourite memory from Chelsea?

My most memorable moment was during my second year whilst on-route to Premier Vision Paris, where Chelsea had a stand to exhibit and sell our work. 

I received a text message from a friend telling me that I'd sold four samples to Kenzo, before I'd even got off the Eurostar! The prints then went on to be used heavily in their 2011 Spring / Summer campaign.  

What's the best advice you were given here?

My main tutor at Chelsea was Kathy Round. I have had a few great tutors in my creative life and she was one of the best. She taught me to follow my ideas and thoughts through to being realised. 

Some of my starting points for projects can be a little obscure and she was very supportive in helping me to see that this was key to my design process. 

Any tips for future Chelsea students?

Remember to stay true to your ideas and style as these two things are everything! So let them guide you and try not to let any disappointments knock you back.

If you feel like an idea, process or style you've been working on is being copied by a colleague, take this as a compliment and move on to bigger and better things. 

As a designer, your work and ideas are constantly evolving - so don’t dwell on anyone who's influenced by you along the way. Feel safe in the knowledge that your best ideas are yet to come.

And use the Chelsea workshops! They're such an amazing resource to have and you'll miss them when you leave. I know it can feel intimidating to venture down into the workshop and ask for help too, but that's what they're there for. So make the most of the technicians' wealth of knowledge and skill too.

www.georgiadorey.com