Working as an English lecturer at a university in Bangkok as well as contributing editor for several fashion magazines, Eksuda Vessakosol says she isn’t afraid to stand out from everyone else.
“I do not conform to the norm and I am not afraid of being different. So, I like to have fun with garments, and I like when they can tell a story. When people see my designs, they will see whimsy and humour with a touch of fantasy.”
In theory, it makes sense then that such a colourful, expressive and creative person such as Eksuda would do the Fashion Textile Design Online Short Course at Central Saint Martins. But to my surprise she tells me her motivations to do the short course were born out of her frustration with technology.
“I was so preoccupied with the worst parts of technology. I lived a life of pressing buttons. I needed to use my imagination and express myself creatively. Also, I like to learn constantly and keep growing. I thought new challenges and new experiences from the course would keep it fresh. Most importantly, it has always been a dream of mine to be an art student at Central Saint Martins.”
Fortunately for Eksuda, the Fashion Textile Design Online Short Course was just the creative outlet she needed. On the course she was able to reconnect with her artistic side while also develop a plethora of transferrable skills in the process.
“On the course I learned to research, find inspiration, use each of my senses, experiment with various textile materials and construction. These skills are useful for both my personal development and my job as a fashion editor. When I see a collection, I have a deeper understanding of how it is created from the ground up.”
When asked to choose a favourite part of the course Eksuda rather poetically tells me that the best part wasn’t the finished product or the certificate at the end, but the creative and personal journey she went on during the course itself. She adds: “If my researching, experimenting and creating turns into an exciting piece of work, that is an extra bonus!"
As a person who lives her life creatively, her advice for fellow creatives is simple: “The most important thing is to be childlike, not childish. One should always keep one's sense of wonder, have vivid imaginations and keep trying new things." Speaking more specifically to students perhaps toying with the idea of doing a short course she adds: “In doing a short course not only will you gain creative skills, but you will also be able to share your ideas with your tutor and classmates from across the world. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!"
Do you need a space to reconnect with your creative side? Our extensive collection of online short courses touches on areas in fashion, fine art as well as graphic and digital design. Our website has a full list of upcoming online short courses to help you find your niche.