Becky Wharmby - Technical Coordinator Fashion & Textile
Tell us about yourself…
I’m the Technical Coordinator for Fashion & Textiles. I’ve been managing the department for a year. I manage the technicians that work in the Fashion, Print & Dye, Knit and Weave departments, as well as Foundation: a team of about 14 staff. There are also 20 to 30 freelancers who come in over the year to help out in the different departments.
I focus on knitting and garment construction in my own practice.
What’s your background?
I’ve been working in education for 11 years now. I worked in industry - for Angels and the BBC - for a while after I graduated with a BA Costume for the Screen & Stage from the Arts University Bournemouth. I then did my PGCE and my teaching placement at LCF, on the Foundation course at Mare Street.
I got a job at the Arts University Bournemouth, as a technician across the School of Design, Costume and Fashion, before working at South Essex College, as Course Leader of BA Fashion.
How did you come to work at CSM?
I was made redundant at South Essex College, so did about 18 months of freelancing before coming here to CSM.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the diversity, the people I get to meet, seeing students and the outcomes they are able to produce as a result of my team’s work.
I love seeing the journey and transition of students coming in being quite unsure and exploring everything, to helping them identify what their specialism is and what they want to achieve, before finally seeing them go out with the skills to start their careers in industry.
What's your favourite thing about Central Saint Martins?
Students are my favourite part of working in education.
Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
I’m inspired by the female members of my family, who taught me my craft skills. I’ve gone through a traditional art school training, but the things that I fall back on the most are the things taught by my mum and my Grandma.
Who's your favourite artist/photographer/fashion designer/director?
Textiles artists, and people who do home based craft: going to the Knitting and Stitching show and seeing a lot of the work that is on display there over the years.
What advice would you give to new students?
Take on board everything, don’t narrow down your options too soon. Everything is learning, take every opportunity that you are presented with. Be open to new experiences.