The purpose of my trip was to experience another culture whilst acquiring essential design skills to take forward in my career in textile design.
More about Anna
What made you choose to study at NTU?
“The reputation of the University; the course was highly rated and I liked the fact the campus was in the city.”
What do you enjoy most about studying Textile Design?
“The opportunity to try out and combine different aspect of textile design.”
How do you find the facilities?
“At course level, the workshops have great facilities and there’s always someone on hand if you have a problem. The shop is such a useful resource on campus and I make regular trips there to stock up on supplies.”
Can you tell us a little bit about your trip to Peru?
“The purpose of my trip was to experience another culture whilst acquiring essential design skills to take forward in my career in textile design. I also wanted to support the local community which thrives on tourism and depends on the input from volunteers. I went with the intention of gathering research for my dissertation and final year project.”
What was the highlight of your trip?
“My highlight was a three day weaving immersion trip where I visited a local indigenous community and stayed with one of the families there. I had my own personal tutor, Jesusa, a Peruvian woman who belongs to the weaving cooperative. She taught me traditional weaving using a back strap loom; it was such an invaluable experience learning authentic Peruvian skills first-hand.”
How did NTU support your scholarship funding?
“My course leader, Tina Downes, was particularly helpful with helping me find me scholarships to apply for and putting me in touch with the correct people to speak to. She also supported my scholarship application which allowed me to get the Summer Mobility Scholarship from NTU.”