Join us for a FREE online workshop at the end of each month to explore Textile Processes and discover where Textiles can take you! We’re kicking things off on Wednesday 29th September 2021 where we’ll explore Experimental Embroidery with Textile Artist & Educator, Elnaz Yazdani. (Follow link for details)
Tanya graduated from the Textiles Practice course in 2018. She has completed an Apprentership at Dr. Martens
“Dr. Martens run a yearly apprentice to get younger people into shoe manufacturing, I got to learn all stages of the process over the year. Cutting and inspection of the leather, closing of the uppers, lasting the boots/shoes and attaching the sole and inspecting, cleaning and boxing the boots in the shoe room. After finishing my apprentice I have specialised as a Lasting Operative and have learnt many of jobs within the Lasting Room! My favourite is side lasting, which is attaching the side of the leather upper to the insole of the shoe with a machine that staples the two together. I feel like learning the process from start to finish over the year really helped me in my role now and I feel like an important part of the production line.”
“I love seeing a product that I’m passionate about and worn my entire life being carefully crafted by my friends around me. I’m glad to be part of the shoe industry in UK as there isn’t many factories left. My degree helped me realise that I wanted to work with my hands in a making environment and this role fits perfectly”
It is wonderful to see the diversity in careers which our students progress into and we look forward to sharing more stories from our textiles Alumni family.
You can follow Tanya on instagram @tanyastextiles_
You can also see Tanya on BBC’s Inside the Factory here
This year our 2nd year designer makers collaborated with Oxfam Batley Waste-savers. The student were task to create products by up-cycling unsalable clothing that was damaged.
This year group has produced outstanding results which extremely impressed Holly Bentley (Online Shop Manager), Fran Tutt (Festival manager) & Echoe Moyers one of our current students who is on her placement students at Oxfam. We look forward to working with Oxfam again!
watch out for an online showcase of our oxfam collab products soon…..