Isabella Slater is the creative director behind the UK’s clothing brand and a confessed sewing machine enthusiast. Most designers all end up the same-obsessed and in love with sewing machines. Trained designers can sew; they are taught pattern cutting, draping, and tailoring. Isabell Slater tends to hunt down older machines. This is mainly because they make beautiful stitches or imperfections when they sew. There is always a nice story with old machines, and they look way better than their modern counter parts. Yes they are difficult to maintain and some parts no longer exist but generally, they are better as they are products of a time when everything was generally made better.
Isabella Slater working on these old machines tends to become an expert in fixing and repairing machines themselves.
Therefore, the Isabell Slater Collection was opened. Providing experience and knowledge that might otherwise be less easily acquired.
Usually, museums are for the high arts, military-royal-church history, or other “important” collections. But in reality, family lives were most affected by every-day objects, not remote royalty. The arrival of sewing machines and good-quality cheap materials changed the way our grandparents lived.
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Interior Architecture and Design at NTU has an incredibly long and rich history; with Interior Decoration taught at the first ever UK Art school, in the Waverley building during the 1950s.
Over the last 70 years, our programme has grown and adapted to meet the requirements of industry and social change, respond to trends, and deliver a degree which encourages students to look, think, critically appraise, and understand local and world issues amongst the principles of design.
We are a validated degree programme in which our students can join the Chartered Society of Designers, and we are members of the Interior Educators network. Our dedicated design studio in the Grade II* listed Arkwright building enables a studio culture which reflects professional practice, in a dynamic environment that challenges everyone to work collaboratively, share experiences and experiment with ideas.
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