In the first of our ‘One Year On’ series we catch up with graduates from our Class of 2014 to find out what they have been up to since graduating from Chelsea.
We spoke to Honami Nishii, who studied BA Textile Design at Chelsea about her experience since graduation.
Since graduating from BA Textile Design at Chelsea I have moved back to my home country of Japan.
I’m about to move to the capital city Tokyo, to work in a textile studio, which specializes in designing and making spatial sets for TV, Theatre and the Music Industry.
I’m really excited to be involved in planning and making things on a much larger scale than I did at Chelsea, some sets are over 10-20 metres in size. This job is going to be tough but all designers and artists there are encouraged to keep making and exhibiting their personal work too. I was lucky to find somewhere I can do textile commercially but not in a mass-consumerist area.
There is a big difference in the way Textile Design is taught in Japan and in the UK. In Japan it is more focused on technical making skills where as in the UK it is more about conceptual thinking. So it has been interesting developing my skills from what I learned at Chelsea and adapting this to how the textiles industry works in Japan.
You can see more of Honami’s work on her website: www.honaminishii.com