Patrycja spends her summer in China before jetting off to Hong Kong

Year Two BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles student Patrycja Kucharska was awarded a £500 Santander Student Travel Scholarship to embark on a summer school exchange opportunity at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China.

Patrycja with her fellow classmates from Sichuan University
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Patrycja during her summer school exchange to Sichuan University

Year Two BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles student Patrycja Kucharska was awarded a £500 Santander Student Travel Scholarship to embark on a summer school exchange opportunity at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China.

Following its merger in 1994 with the former Chengdu University of Science and Technology, Sichuan University has since established contacts and cooperative relationships with over 250 renowned colleges and universities, as well as research institutes from 34 countries and regions.

Patrycja enrolled on the Art and Design summer school course, which involved traditional Chinese painting, Chinese art history, and calligraphy; the former being her favourite subject.

“I’ve learnt key global communication skills, and the traditional art practice I’ve experienced through my authentic Chinese painting classes will definitely make my CV stand out,” Patrycja told us.

She continued: “I think the value Chinese individuals put in family, friends, guests, time spent together and the concept of sharing is amazing and truly inspiring. I have learnt a lot from my time in Chengdu, and the process of constantly trying to be a better person is one of the most important lessons. Besides that, I have also learnt to be more adventurous with food, and try things I would never even have considered trying before I visited China.

“I would definitely recommend it to other students. You not only learn a lot about the culture and environment you are in, but also about yourself as a person.”

Patrycja with a Panda statue in China
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Patrycja sightseeing in China

Patrycja will spend her upcoming placement year at Brilliant Global Ltd, a Hong-Kong based private label knitwear manufacturer.

She will be based in the Li & Fung fashion division, working on a wide variety of tasks ranging from research, sketching, inspirational boards, and sourcing trims and fabrics, to being involved in the design process, visiting the factory, and even meeting the end consumer.

She remarked: “I am looking forward to living on a different continent, and experiencing a completely different culture. I believe that the skillset and industry experience I will gain during my placement will make me more aware of fashion, not just in terms of trends and designs, but all the other important concepts surrounding it, such as costing, yarn selection, and responding to customer needs.

“I feel that I will gain a better understanding of the entire design process, and I’m also hoping that my year spent in Asia will influence my final year collection and give me new and innovative ideas.”

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Patrycja spends her summer in China before jetting off to Hong Kong

Published on 27 September 2017
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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