H&M AWARDS: CHILDRENS WEAR | MEET CHELSEA FAY | LEEDS ART UNIVERSITY
H&M COMPETITION WINNER X LEEDS ART UNIVERSITY
One of the most valuable assets a student can have is access to is industry experience. Often that’s difficult to secure, and equally challenging as many internships offered to graduates are unpaid. And so live briefs such as this competition offered by H&M alongside Leeds University are critical if we are to encourage the next generation and offer valuable insight into the inside world of Fashion. Chelsea Fay recently won the H&M competition to design a collection of clothing for Boys Wear: Meet Chelsea Fay
What inspired you to choose a degree in textiles?
Prior to attending Leeds Arts University, I completed a degree in Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design in New York, where I am originally from. After working in the industry for a few years I felt the need to be challenged creatively and decided to pursue a second degree in Printed Textiles. Even throughout my jewellery career, my work was always largely inspired by pattern, colour, and form. I was keen to try my hand in the textile industry where I could be free to explore this area in greater depth.
Which year are you in at Leeds Arts University? Are you going to do a year in practice?
I am in my final year at Leeds Arts University and will be graduating this July. Though I have taken advantage of placements and internships while at University, my ultimate plan is to start my own business upon graduation. I am very interested in developing my design aesthetic into a brand for interiors and fashion. I hope to use colour and pattern to brighten the world around us and to realise these goals through sustainable and honest practices.
How did you find the competition?
The competition was something brand new for me. My practice is usually centered around designing for interiors, often focusing on abstract and geometric compositions. This project was well outside anything I had ever designed, as the brief was a space- themed collection for commercial boyswear. The challenge proved to be very enjoyable, and at times, rather playful. I think my success in the competition leaves me open to perhaps doing work for other market sectors that I had not previously considered.
Congrats on the achievement, what does the win mean to you?
Thank you! I am thrilled to have won the competition. It is always great to get good feedback on your work, especially from a brand so widely known as H&M. Going forward, I am happy to learn from the experience and to continue to develop and challenge my own practice.