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Student lands a dream job with top fashion house
Tuesday 19 June 2012
TALENTED North designer has overcome debilitating health problems to secure a dream job with a leading fashion boutique popular with the rich and famous.
The exclusive fashion house, in London’s prestigious Beauchamp Place, specialises in dresses for glamorous occasions, from sassy cocktail dresses to fabulous floor sweeping gowns for the red carpet.
Pauline, from Middlesbrough, is studying a BA degree in textiles surface and design at Cleveland College of Art and Design. She was approached by Fitriani at the Indigo trade fair in Paris where they spotted samples of her exquisite embroidery work.
The 45-year-old said: “I couldn’t believe it when they said they wanted me to go and visit them in London.
“I had to take further samples of my embroidery and when they asked if I would do work for them I was over the moon.”
Pauline crafts exclusive embroidery using the finest fabrics, threads, beads and Swarovski crystals.
She will start work on her first brief for Fitriani after graduating later this month, which will be for the 2013 summer or autumn collection.
“I can’t really believe this is happening,” she said. “I never ever thought I would be working in London, especially with my health issues,” she said.
“I knew there was something wrong as I was exhausted all the time. I struggled on for a number of years until I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome.
“I was a teacher and single mum at the time I was diagnosed and I was advised to go and do something creative to help the condition. I joined a creative crafts course at CCAD’s Green Lane campus where I met my tutor Claire Baker.
“This was the turning point for me. I was inspired by her lessons and really interested in what we were being shown. I had always wanted to do a degree and had a love of art.
“Claire really encouraged me to do the degree course and I am so glad that I did. I have never looked back.”
Pauline’s condition is now being managed effectively and has improved. She said: “When doing embroidery I have to sit down so that helps straight away.
“I also get very involved in each piece of work because each tells a different story which almost allows me to get lost in my embroidery, which in turn helps me to forget about my symptoms.
“I didn’t even know I could embroider until I started the course. It really has changed my life.”
Pauline’s work will be exhibited at CCAD’s annual degree show which is running now until June 16 at the University Level Campus in Hartlepool.
The above, with comments, originally appeared here.
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