Design has always been a passion of mine but by the time I was sixteen I found I was particularly drawn to interior design. Perhaps to some extent this was the influence of my father who is an architect. At that stage, though, my other great passion was ballet and I chose to follow this route knowing that there was only a limited amount of time in which I could sustain a dancing career. I started out my career as a professional ballet dancer, dancing for the Northern Ballet Company.
After 10 years in Ballet, I thought it was time to seek out a new career in Interior Design, so with careful research into the courses available in Interior Design, I decided that a degree was too long a duration to study, but I wanted the same calibre of qualification from a course. When I came across the KLC Diploma course in Interior Design and Decoration it was immediately clear that this course offered the duration and syllabus I was looking for.
My expectations of the course are to learn the fundamentals, of Interior Design and everything on how the profession works. I feel KLC are very thorough with the information that we have been given in our first term. It is a very fast paced course, but I understand that it needs to be this way to incorporate the study into one year. When I complete this course my main aim is to get a job, I am willing to work in any practice where I will be able to get further experience, but I would love to work designing interiors on Yachts. I would not like to pigeon hole myself by saying there is only one specific area that I would work in within the interior design industry, because there are many options that I have been made more aware of, since beginning my studies with KLC.
I love technical drawing and feel that my skills have excelled in this area. I was daunted by the drawing aspects of the course at first, and wondered how I would ever achieve these skills. Yet so quickly I did. The history of styles is really interesting and very valuable and widens your views on design which has been great. But I do find computers challenging but I am sure to improve with a little hard work.
I have learnt that time management is very important, and managing your time is essential, especially with the speed at which you need to work through projects. The advantage of dance training has probably given me the step up to help achieve this, because you do need good self discipline.
My personal design style is still developing, and I do prefer to design with a sleek, clean look that’s not too fussy, but when dealing with clients it’s always their preference which come first with me there to advise.
I find it easy to get up in the mornings knowing I will spend the day at KLC doing something I really enjoy, which is one of my top priorities when adopting any profession. This is my second career and I can’t see myself doing anything else. It can be highly stressful at times during project but I enjoy it so much, and can see how beneficial it is going to be to my future as an Interior Designer. If I could sum up KLC in one word it would be, exhilarating.