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Textile Design alumna finds employment with high street designer David Howard

A BA (Hons) Textile Design graduate from Nottingham Trent University has recently been employed as a trainee weave designer for David Howard.

Image taken by Elsa at the David Howard office
Image taken by Elsa at the David Howard office

Elsa Ball, who recently graduated from NTU, strongly believes that the opportunities and support she received from the University were crucial in securing her new role as a trainee weave designer at David Howard.

David Howard is a company who have been designing and producing men's shirts for the high street for over 30 years. Elsa is involved in designing the fabric for the shirts which are then sold by major brands such as River Island, Topman and Debenhams.

Elsa said: "NTU provided brilliant employability seminars which worked well in combination with the solid education in design. These seminars taught me various skills in job hunting, self-promotion and planning, all of which supported me in finding employment and gave me the confidence to sell myself to potential employers."

The Textile Design team works closely with the employability team to maximise opportunities for students to network and make connections before they graduate. The course has excellent opportunities for exposure of student and graduate work for example, at the NTU degree shows and New Designers in London. It was while Elsa was exhibiting on the NTU stand at New Designers that she was spotted by David Howard earlier this year. She said: "This opportunity, and the support I received from the academic team while making my collection was crucial in terms of finding employment.

"I loved my time at NTU and can't speak highly enough about the Textile Design course. The teaching is fantastic and the nurturing environment pushes you to become independent and self-motivated. The course has given me a very strong technical understanding of weaving that has been noticed and commented on in my new role."

Tina Downes, the Course Leader for Textile Design said: "We put a high priority on creating opportunities to work in real design scenarios through live projects and competitions with industry. Our alumni are very loyal and generous with their time, often returning to talk about employment within the creative industries and passing on opportunities for work placements to our students."

Textile Design alumna finds employment with high street designer David Howard

Published on 1 December 2014
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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