Born in Folkestone and now living in Kent I studied at The London college of Fashion which was part of my study program when I was awarded a 3-year Apprenticeship with a Folkestone based supplier to Marks & Spencer. After completing my apprenticeship in the 1970’s I worked my way up to Workroom Designer/Manager and when the company closed in the 1980’s I traveled and worked in London designing for High street stores such as Next.
Studying for my Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education for Fashion Teaching I graduated in 2004 and have taught in Degree Courses at London College of Fashion, University of Arts Rochester, University of Arts Bournemouth and University of Kent. During my teaching career, I have also worked with some well-established and brilliant Fashion designers such as Basso & Brooke, Harriet’s Muse and London Denim and I still maintain an active association with the Fashion Industry, working as head of patterns for Fashion Capital in 2014.
JULIE – She who sews …….. Partner
I have lived in Kent for most of my adult life. After studying Fashion at Canterbury Art College in the late 1970s, I worked for tailors in Savile Row, doing finishing work. Later, whilst raising my three children during the 1980s and 1990s I worked from home as a part-time dressmaker and in 1999 joined the designer Colin Bean for 6 years at The Little Black Dress, in Faversham.
In 2006 I studied for a BA with in Fashion & Textiles with the University of Kent. After graduating, I was employed as a technician on the Fashion & Textile courses at West Kent College in Tonbridge, gaining a lot of satisfaction from helping students to realise their design aims. It feels right to be setting up the School of Stitch with Janet, sharing our passion for all things fabric and fashion with those who also feel the need to sew!
SEWING HUB LAUNCH Our Sewing Hub could be for you! Do you have a passion for sewing? Would you like to meet up on a regular basis with other like minded individuals for a sewing and good old natter? It maybe that you prefer to knit or you may even be working on...read more
HAVE YOU DREAMED OF A CAREER IN FASHION Have you ever dreamed of a career in fashion? Then why not take that first step by joining us for a weekend of fun and learning on our Pattern Cutting Workshop at our weekend retreat. The workshop will be the perfect opportunity...read more
CITY AND GUILDS LEVEL 2 | JAMES KELLY Our City and Guilds Level 2 students were in for quite a treat last week when they had guest lecturer James Kelly Fashion Designer come in a put them through their paces. James won a Merit Award from Fashion Scout based on his...read more