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Updated: Aug 29, 2022

As a fashion designer, I love seeing the work of other artists and designers to inspire my own practice and to gain an insight into the world of design. I recently visited the Paul Smith exhibition at the newly renovated Nottingham Castle to see his design process and to be inspired by a fashion designer who lived in the city where I am studying. Nottingham is a wonderfully youthful, diverse and student orientated city. I have enjoyed its compelling history and access to the arts at locations such as The Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham Castle or at various music venues. Whether it is a protest of rights in front of the town hall or an evening at a nightclub, Nottingham is always an animated and engaging place to live. The life as a student coming out of lockdown due to COVID-19 promises to be once again full of excitement.

Working for the Creative Director & British Fashion Designer Radha Singh, introduced to me through contacts at Nottingham Trent University has provided incredible industry experience, putting into perspective the work that goes into running your own brand. I am continually inspired by THE HOUSE OF RADHA in not only being a fashion brand, but in being an all encompassing, fashion, art and music brand which embraces the arts as a whole. The crossover between fashion and the other creative industries isn’t just a unique take on the arts, but an important aspect of design which opens up the field of inspiration and encourages us to grow as creatives together.

By Katie Bearcroft

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