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Since finishing my degree IN 2020...

While the class of 2020 weren’t able to have the graduation we had all hoped for at the end of our course, we were lucky enough to have a Zoom graduation with our peers and tutors. A look back over the last 3 years and a celebration of all our achievements. We were still very much looking forward to the time we could be reunited and walk across the stage wearing cap and gown.


As I mentioned in one of my previous blog posts, I wanted to volunteer my time and skills to help community projects to make scrubs, laundry bags and face coverings. While I was involved with this volunteering, I created a range of promotional materials, including business cards and a website to spread the word about my services and begin building up customers. I received a number of alterations from people I had met through the community scrub making projects which kept me busy while other work was on hold. These varied from tailored jackets, velvet dresses/tops and summer dresses to business attire, evening dresses and soft furnishings. I also had a number of hand embroidered hoops commissioned as Christmas gifts for loved ones, which are always lovely to do.


Later on in the year I decided to help my mum set up a website, social media pages and an Etsy shop for us to sell a range of our handmade gifts. We designed a logo and created some new business cards to send out with each order. Unfortunately, the exhibitions and fairs that she would normally sell at were cancelled so I wanted to help her move to online platforms that can be run alongside going to events in person. Managing the Etsy shop together has been a real joy and is great to have another outlet for creativity as well as my dressmaking and alteration commissions.


Feel free to have a look at our handmade gifts including textile artwork and embroidery, knitted and crochet accessories, felt jewellery and greeting cards by clicking any of the links below.


Website: www.wendyjanedesigns.co.uk

Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/WendyJaneDesignsShop

Instagram: www.instagram.com/wendyjane.designs



Towards the end of 2020, film and TV work started to slowly pick up again which was exciting. I assisted costume embroiderer Cathryn Avison on various different series/films doing hand embroidery, goldwork and beading. I also assisted costume maker, Emma Jealouse with making various theatre costumes. It was brilliant to be able to work on a range of film, TV and theatre costumes after everything was put on hold during the pandemic. It felt like a big glimmer of hope for the arts industry.


After working for Cathryn and Emma until the end of March, I then got a job as a trainee costume maker on an Amazon series which was really exciting! My first position in the workroom on a series and I’ve learnt so much!


As July 2021 approached, we were all very excited to attend our postponed graduation in Bournemouth. And what a lovely reunion it was!



Going forward I plan to continue freelancing with costume makers and embroiderers for film, TV and theatre, while keeping up my own dressmaking commissions and the Etsy shop alongside this.





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