Designer Charlotte plays her cards right for Hallmark placement

"The lecturers have always got something to say that will help you progress. They want you to take risks and are always pushing you. It's really nice to have that support."

Charlotte Brown, BA (Hons) Textile Surfaces

Graduate Charlotte was inspired by emojis and Snapchat to design a range of 'tween' greetings cards which won her a placement with Hallmark Cards.

Charlotte Brown, 21 from Fenton, decided to study BA (Hons) Textiles Surfaces after visiting Staffordshire University and falling in love with the facilities.

“I went to look around and as soon as I saw it all I knew wanted to go here.” she explained.

“I chose Textile Surfaces because I was really interested in art and textiles and interiors. Plus the studio space is amazing and that sold it for me!”

Students on the course have access to a designated individual workspace in a design studio next to computing facilities, a print workshop, sewing machines and a rug room.

“I've learned a lot of techniques that I would have never been able to learn anywhere else.” Charlotte commented.

“The lecturers have always got something to say that will help you progress. They want you to take risks and are always pushing you. It's really nice to have that support.”

There are also opportunities to work on live industry briefs and Charlotte and her course mates were challenged by major manufacturer Hallmark Cards to create a range of commercial greetings cards, gift bags, and gift wraps for the emerging 'tween' market.

Charlotte's designs aimed at 13- 17 year-old girls were based on emojis and Snapchat. Hallmark was impressed with the concept behind the collection and Charlotte won a two-week placement at their design studios in Yorkshire with free accommodation.

She said: “To go and actually be in the studio, to see how the industry works and gain all that knowledge has been invaluable. It's given me an experience that I wouldn’t have had the chance to get anywhere else.”

During her time at Staffordshire University Charlotte caught the bug for education and is staying on to complete a PGCE in Primary Education. She hopes to work in a Stoke-on-Trent school and plans to incorporate her creativity into her teaching.

She added: “My degree just made me want to continue my education at Staffs and I feel like my creative background gained from my degree will help with my teaching.”

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