Have you undertaken any kind of further study since leaving Bedales and have you gained any further qualifications?
In 2004, after leaving Bedales I went to Newcastle University where I studied French and Spanish (graduating in 2008). I have actually also now, just gone back to further studies. In September 2011 I enrolled at Kingston University to study Product and Furniture Design (another BA degree, due to graduate in 2014).
What kind of work are you currently involved in, and how and why have you come to be doing it?
When I graduated from Newcastle I wanted to make use of my languages and so worked for a private members travel club. But after a year and a bit, I realised that I really missed being more creative and knew that I wanted to get back to design (I did Art and Design A Level). I did a short course in CAD design and then started applying for more creative jobs. I secured a job as a Kitchen Designer for Kit Stone, a kitchen, interiors and garden furniture company. I have been there nearly three years now, though have just stepped down to part-time hours whilst doing my studies. I realised whilst working for Kit Stone, that if I wanted to do more than CAD I really needed a degree or more training, so I decided to go back to university.
I have such fond memories of my time at Bedales
Did attending Bedales help you in getting to where you are now and how satisfied are you with what you are doing?
It definitely has. Had I not been at Bedales, I would most definitely not have had the opportunities to design/make the projects that I did, especially to the size and scale, this is particularly obvious to me now, having gone back to study design. What I also loved about Bedales was that I could really throw myself into the subjects I loved. I spent most of my spare time in either the art block or design workshop. The staff were fantastic and really pushed and encouraged me to get the best out of me. I loved it.
I don't regret doing a first degree in languages and yes the French department at school did help me with this, but Bedales helped me far more with design. I have such fond memories of my time at Bedales.