Studying Textiles at Cardiff Met enabled me to find a passion for surface pattern design and led me to start my own business Freya Snow Textiles at the start of my final year in September 2018.
I digitally print my designs onto fabric and sew them into homeware products including zip pouches, tea towels, tote bags and cushions. I am currently selling on Etsy, at some independent shops and at craft stalls in my hometown Stroud, Gloucestershire.
The Textiles course opened up many exciting opportunities for me, including a live brief with major greeting cards company IG Design Group, completing the Countdown to Launch course with the Cardiff Met Centre for Entrepreneurship and exhibiting at the New Designers show in London. It was really helpful working with tutors who had their own experiences working in the Textiles industry.
Alongside the creativity and skills I gained from the Textiles course, Cardiff Met’s Centre for Entrepreneurship offered fantastic lectures and workshops during my time at university, and these significantly helped me on my path to setting up my business.
Without their help I don’t think I would have had the knowledge or confidence to start my business. I had the wonderful opportunity to take part in their Countdown to Launch course which taught me a huge amount about running my own business and what steps I needed to take after graduating. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and won £1000 to use towards my business after pitching to the judges. This was extremely exciting and has been hugely beneficial towards the development of my business.
My third year studying Textiles began with a live brief with IG Design Group to design a stationery collection based on a theme of our choice. The IG Design Group team came in on multiple occasions to discuss our ideas and to see our final outcomes. I was chosen as one of the winners, and the prize was a 3 week work placement which I completed in September 2019. This was a fantastic opportunity which gave me an invaluable insight into working in the design industry as well as new digital design skills.
I also had the opportunity to exhibit my final collection at New Designers in London at the end of my third year, which opened up some great opportunities for me after graduating. I gained interest from Prestigious Textiles who commissioned me to do some designs for their next children’s collection for interiors. This was really exciting for me and I visited their design studio for a day to discuss design ideas!
At New Designers I also won the AVA ‘One to Watch’ award and a week training course learning how to use the AVA software. This is an industry standard software package, so it’s a great skill to have on my CV.
I completed the training in October, and due to the design company contacts they have at AVA, the training course led me to meet the creative director at Lewis & Wood where I now work part time. They sell wallpaper and fabrics for interiors and working there gives me an insight into some of the other sides of running a business that I may have not previously considered. I dedicate the rest of my time in the week to running my business, which has been a difficult but extremely rewarding journey so far.
A lot has already happened since I completed my Textiles degree at Cardiff Met – I can’t wait to see what’s next!
Check out our highlights reel from the 2019 Summer Degree Show, including some of Freya’s work: