Class of 2017 Current Students Student Contributions

Sian Redman – Textiles & Surface Design – Internship Experience

I’m currently studying Textiles and Surface Design, graduating in June 2017, and during the summer of 2016 I interned at two companies:  Solomon&Wu and New Designers.

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Solomon&Wu specialise in designing contemporary architectural elements, and my role was to prepare resin for specific panels and styles of application. I helped produce pieces that could be used as samples and with finishing processes. I learnt about the different polishes and grits to achieve a professional standard of finish, and developed skills in 2D and 3D finishes, mark making, and sculpting techniques.

Once I knew how the process worked and understood the techniques I assisted with full size panels that were sent out to clients.

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At New Designers I assisted onsite during the two week show, organising welcome packs and press/ judges packs. I also support the team in ushering judges to the correct place and taking them to the VIP area.

I was also lucky enough to be able to help out ArtsThread during this internship, assisting them to time manage their speed portfolio reviews. Experts in the industry would review graduate portfolios and I ensured the process was running smoothly and on time.

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It was so helpful that I saw everything that goes on behind the scenes at New Designers as this is where I will be exhibiting my work when I graduate. I experienced all the hard work that goes into making a show run well for new graduates, and it showed me the scale people worked on and what to expect.

I would advise every student to do an internship!

I was worried that I wasn’t going to even get one opportunity, and I secured two, and also got to collaborate with ArtsThread. I feel that when you undertake an internship you get to see everything that goes on and all the mistakes, errors and work on a large scale.

My time with Solomon&Wu showed me different types of resin I didn’t even know existed which has helped me a lot because I love working with resin. It allowed me to see that some samples can take up to 2 years to refine and perfect. It has given me an insight of how big companies work and about time management.

Both of these internships were brought to my attention by my lecturers, and I can’t stress enough how important it is that students listen to staff when they are giving us all these opportunities, it helps so much in the long run.

I also just want to say a massive thank you to the staff at both Solomon&Wu and New Designers. I enjoyed my internships a lot, I’ve learnt so much, and I had so much fun meeting lovely new people and just enjoying myself.

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