Another one from our Class of 2014 for BA14 Season: BA (Hons) Cordwainers Bags and Accessories: Product Design and Development student Edyta Slabonska discusses sustainable production and pushing the boundaries…
LCF: What have you enjoyed most about studying at LCF?
Edyta Slabonska: The opportunity to work in a creative environment surrounded by people with different backgrounds and a variety of skills.
LCF: Have you won any prizes?
ES: I was twice selected for final presentation for the Stanley Kubrick and Tommy Hilfiger projects.
LCF: What inspires you?
ES: As a creative person I am inspired by everything around me but the most stimulating theme is always architecture and simple forms and shapes.
LCF: What is most important to you about fashion?
ES: Functionality is a very important part of the fashion but for me sustainable materials and the environment is a priority. Also, raising wider awareness of fair labour in fashion is crucial.
LCF: How would you sum up your graduate collection?
ES: The final collection was a collaboration with BA (Hons) Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Performance students, exploring new materials and techniques. The range is a combination of structurally different materials such as soft leather, colourful and smooth perspex and solid brass, all showing true character and statement. The intention was to create jewellery that is not to be hidden away, but to attract attention. The pieces are to be displayed on the body.
What are your plans for the future? And how do you feel your course will help you?
ES: I would be very interested in collaborating with other artists but at the moment it is very important for me to gain more business experience and learn more about the fashion industry. I think during my three years of study I gained valuable knowledge and skills which have helped me shape my own style and character. I hope that future employers will see my potential and individuality and will consider me as a person that will bring something valuable to their company.
LCF: What advice would you give someone wanting to study for a BA at LCF?
ES: Do not be afraid and always be open-minded. Remember to push the boundaries. Always challenge yourself even if you feel that this is out of your comfort zone. This will allow to gain new knowledge which is invaluable. Work hard, be active and fully interact with all the activities your course provides for you. Listen to others but also follow your intuition!