The first ten years of her career after university were spent working as a womenswear designer for a number of suppliers to high street. This was great experience as she not only designed the garments and cut the patterns, but learnt about every aspect of the fashion industry, from fitting to grading to production methods.
In 1992 she studied for a masters degree at Central St Martins’, to further develop her creativity and steer herself towards a more creative career path. She launched her own label, was awarded New Gen, and sold her collections to small boutiques. At about the same time, she worked successfully as a freelance pattern cutter for designer level companies, such as Clements Ribeiro, Eley Kishimoto, Ashley Isham and Betty Jackson, as well as for Jigsaw and French Connection.
By 2006 while working as a freelance cutter, she was invited to teach pattern cutting part-time at Ravensbourne. She discovered she really enjoyed teaching and at the beginning of 2010, took a full-time job at Nottingham Trent University, where she had studied for her BA. For the past five years she been teaching design and creative pattern cutting at NTU, and gained the PGCHE teaching qualification.
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