Renowned designer teaches students new skills


Date: 16th Mar 2018

Mixed media textile designer Aimee Betts has worked with the likes of Selfridge’s and Burberry and passed on some of her expertise during workshops with BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design students.

Aimee, a specialist in embroidery and braiding who is based in East London, produces one-off bespoke products for interiors and seasonal jewellery collections.

The well-respected designer took the students through the key elements of cord-making and braiding and also allowed the students to create their own small collections, under her supervision.

She said: “I took the students through a few techniques and then let them run with them. It was a great opportunity to help students hone their skills and have a play around with these techniques.

“The cord-making should be particularly useful for knitting and macramé, which is the art of knotting string in patterns to make decorative articles.”

Senior Lecturer Karina Thomas said: “We were delighted to welcome Aimee and for students to have this opportunity to look at such a specialised area of textile production.

“Aimee is typical of the high calibre of specialists we welcome to Bucks to complement the core skills taught to students in the classroom.”

Aimee previously visited Bucks New University as part of a series of industry and employability talks for the Fragmenti Symposium.

Supported by The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies and UK Fashion and Textile Association, the Symposium aimed to build the students' understanding of careers, improve their employability and prepare them for the world of work.


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