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Student insights on Experimental Fashion Design short course

Natsuki Iwamoto,
Written by
Hamish Chohan
Published date
26 October 2020

Natsuki Iwamoto is a Japanese textile and contemporary art student at Saga University’s Faculty of Art and Regional Design. Back in August Natsuki joined our online classroom sessions and attended Kiren Passi's Experimental Fashion Design (Online Short Course). We find out how the course helped towards her portfolio, what studying online is like and what she plans on doing next.

Photograph of Natsuki Iwamoto.

Why did you choose to attend the Experimental Fashion Design short course?

I joined the course simply to learn how to start a fashion project. I wanted to explore more about my abilities in fashion as a medium and I was seeking a fashion course in which I could think more deeply.

What did you enjoy most about your short course?

What was most impressive for me was there were established creative processes suggested. Because I am in Japan, and especially studying in a more art and craft related field I usually process work differently, learning such clear new processes was new to me.

How has your short course benefited your career, education or personal development? What are you going to do next with your new skills?

The course was very beneficial for me and enabled me to complete a fashion design project towards my portfolio which I can now include in my portfolio applications for exchange programmes. I also want to realise the design I made whilst on the course into a real garment and in the further future, I want to establish my own fashion brand.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking an online short course at UAL?

For an online learner whose mother tongue is not English, it is a good opportunity to participate in an international space of creation. I also liked seeing and working with classmates from different countries and found the environment very stimulating and inspiring.

What do you believe is integral to the work of an artist/creative, in any discipline?

To think and feel what I and/or people want. It is the artists’ or creators’ job to reveal, stimulate or meet these subtle senses by realising it into something we can share through the creator’s medium.

Experimental Fashion Design sketchbook work featuring illustrations of faces, figures and cityscapes and notes written next to stuck down photographs.

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