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 are students progress to and we look forward to sharing more stories from our textiles Alumni family.
You can follow Tanya on instagram @tanyastextiles_
We are excited to soon welcome our old and new textiles students into our brand new home in the School of Art, Design, and Architecture Barbara Hepworth building. Here are a few images to give you a sneak peek into the building, our new facilities and breathtaking views!
We are delighted to announce that Stitchsmith clutch bag will be launching on Kick start this Tuesday the 30th of April with one of our second-year students Zahraa Aziz winning designs.
This is a fantastic opportunity for Zahraa to add to her portfolio and in addition to placing 2nd in the competition, Zahrraa also won £500. We also had a runner up in this competition Chloe Glass another excellent example of one of our printers on the Textiles in Practice course.
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…..