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Mum first taught me to sew clothes for my Barbie dolls when
I was little. And I remember being so happy when I got my first sewing
machine for my 16th birthday
TAFE student Sally Paull certainly found this to be a good idea.
With a few simple clicks of the mouse, she experienced a profound
shift in her mindset. And her career path.
"I was always good at maths and science so I thought engineering
would be ideal," she said. "But after studying engineering
for two years, I still wasn't sure about it. So I took a year off to
decide that I wanted to do."
It was only when Sally took the TAFE NSW Career
Quiz that she realized she had a passion for fashion. "I
found out about the Diploma
of Fashion Design," she said. "After looking into the
course I found that it really excited me and I applied as soon as I could."
The discovery of this latent passion was something that took Sally
completely by surprise, especially after two years of engineering. But
the TAFE NSW Career Quiz doesn't lie. "I wouldn't say I've really
been attracted to the world of fashion, I never read magazines or
follow fashion trends," she said. "But I've always had a
passion for making and sewing. Mum first taught me to sew clothes for
my Barbie dolls when I was little. And I remember being so happy when
I got my first sewing machine for my 16th birthday."
In her relatively short time in the fashion world, studying at
Newcastle Campus in Tighes Hill, Sally's simmering talents and
skills have already been recognized. In June she won the wearable art
section of the Tamworth Australian
Fashion Awards (TAWFA) with her 90% Merino woolen outfit. With a
theme of ‘tribal', Sally drew inspiration from Princess
Mononoke, a 1997 Japanese anime film about the spirit of the forest.
"The main character in the film goes on a spiritual journey to
save his community and that was my aim to capture that journey in the
coat and pants," she said.
The principal purpose of TAWFA is to showcase the use of merino wool
by fashion designers and students, both national and international,
while educating them on the qualities of wool as a fashion material.
"Really quite eye opening" was how Sally described the
experience of working with wool, something she'd never even considered
before. "It didn't seem like a very versatile material and I'd
only ever thought of it as being used for jumpers and suits," she
said. "Throughout my project I learned how many different types
of wool fabrics there are now. I've ended up with quite a collection
of them as a result of all the different fabrics that went into my coat."
Sally would like to stay in the fashion industry and reports that
she's loving every aspect of her studies with Newcastle TAFE.
"I'd be happy with any career in the industry," she said.
"Ideally I'd love to work locally in the Newcastle/Hunter area. A
friend and I are working on plans to possibly start our own business."
Kick start your career in fashion design by studying a Diploma
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