After finishing BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Embroidery at LCF, Nicole Paskauskas has been working on many different creative projects, applying her tactile skills, directional sense of colour and dynamic use of textures to beauty and art. She also founded her own company Disco Dust London in November 2016. As part of #LCF19 graduate season, Nicole recently took part in a collaborative community project called Human Sculptures, pushing the possibilities of glitter ecologically and creatively.
Hi Nicole, can you introduce yourself and what you do?
Hi! I’m Nic and I run biodegradable cosmetic glitter company called Disco Dust London. I’m also currently building a portfolio of work in editorial beauty and creative makeup.
What do you do now and what have you worked on after graduating from LCF?
After LCF I worked on textiles and jewellery commissions and gained experience through making and selling at various events. I kept getting offered unpaid internships so I went travelling, and came back to a job engraving cheeseboards and customising mugs in Selfridges! I left there to assist amazing still life photographer Liz McBurney before finally committing to start Disco Dust.
What would you say to a current LCF student?
Work hard, party hard, be kind to everyone but have your own opinions and the knowledge to back them up.
What’s the best piece of advice you can offer to a new graduate about the real world?
There are people and resources beyond LCF that can help you, a lot of free charities and advice you can get. Focus on one thing first and keep on learning constantly. Also, don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t land that head designer job straight away - everything is a process.
Photography by James Rees