Carly Slight, 1 April, 2022
While studying fashion I was lucky enough to be involved in the QUT Hopevale X Project and it was one of the most memorable aspects of my degree and something I am really proud to say I was a part of.
As part of the project, I had the opportunity to work with Indigenous Elders and artists from the remote town of Hopevale in Far North Queensland. Through a fun and collaborative process, I was able to produce a garment using their artwork and it is now being displayed in the Australian Embassy in Paris!
During my degree I made some beautiful connections with my teachers and classmates which gave me opportunities such as travelling to Japan to study and interesting work experience.
There was a real emphasis on practical learning which was a huge influence on my confidence in the fashion field.
At the start of my degree, I remember being quite anxious to do presentations to industry but through the support of my teachers I became more confident in myself and what I created. This also gave me the courage to find my passion for helping others through tutoring.
I graduated in 2021 and am working in a fabric store while really focusing on being a sessional academic at QUT tutoring in various areas of fashion. I am loving it! Guiding others in how they can develop their design style or achieve their goals has been a really great experience.
I would love to use my design skills to work for a fashion brand that is doing something to better the world. I feel my experience in the QUT X Hopevale Project really gave me the experience and direction I needed to understand how fashion can be used in a positive way.
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