Julie Haslam Lecture

Julie Haslam Lecture

On the same day I had my meeting with Lucy at LIFTI, I was made aware of a visiting Surface Design lecture my friend Emma Thorpe. We both decided to go as we both have varying interests in textiles and surface applications.

We were a little bit late, as we only heard about the lecture as it was starting, and were introduced to Julie Haslam. She’s a textiles lecturer at MMU, as well, she runs her own business selling her designs that have been digitally printed (something I’ve been looking into myself for a series of silk scarves).

After her lecture, we were able to ask her questions. As illustrators, both Emma and I were a bit wary of asking anything, but in the end, I’m glad I did. My first question, asked in front of the other students was “As an illustrator, I’m interested in creating a series of scarves for which I’ve considered digital printing. Do you have an advice for someone approaching textiles from this angle?”, to which she replied that nothing should stop me if it’s what I want to do and gave me examples of a few artists she knows who’ve done the same, crossing the two pathways and quite successfully. She also mentioned a couple of businesses whom look for graduates to work with.

After the lecture, I waited until everyone else had left to ask one more question. Though I have a lot of interest in creating textiles myself, I also have an interest in fashion illustration. She had mentioned a fashion illustrator she had worked with in her presentation, so I thought I’d ask for some advice regarding that. I asked how I should approach working with textile designers and she told me just to do it. Email, write, call magazines or designers that I think my work would suit and just do it. I told her I worry, as an illustrator and as a student, about contacting people. She told me not to worry and just do it. If my work was strong enough and relevant I shouldn’t be afraid. She said I might get ‘no’ 99 out 100 times, but it only takes the one person to say yes to start the ball rolling. I then asked her if she would take a quick look at my fashion illustrations (as I had my portfolio handy from my earlier portfolio visit) and she kindly obliged. She said my work was distinct and definitely strong enough for me to contact magazines/etc about working with them. So, I think I shall do.

It was good to get the opinion of someone who works in fashion and textiles, as my tutors don’t specialise in the area and can only give me so much feedback. I’m glad I went to her lecture, for it was both interesting and helpful as well as great to talk to someone in another design related industry about my work.