Portfolio

University Grades

Technical Skills

Adobe Lightroom
85%
Adobe Photoshop
80%
Adobe InDesign
80%
Research & Design
72%
Patterncutting
70%
Adobe Illustrator
60%

 

Growing up in New Zealand taught me problem solving skills right from go. I was submerged in a culture of DIY and in a natural environment which demanded common sense. From this I developed strong research and divergent thinking skills which lead to creative and innovative outcomes.

 

 

Growing up with an industrial sewing machine in our dining room and Singer machines in the lounge instilled a love for sewing in me from a young age. From my mother I learned my sewing skills and from my father I learned patience and attention-to-detail. As they say, “Measure twice, cut once.”

 

 

After spending three years working as a self employed professional wedding photographer, a diploma in Graphic Design, and short courses on Web Development I went on to study a three year Fashion Design degree. Over many years of creative digital study I have developed professional level skills in Photoshop, InDesign and Lightroom. I am also confident with Illustrator.

 

Experience

2014 - Current

img_7993UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD
BA (HONS) FASHION DESIGN

Currently studying final year of a BA (Hons) Fashion Design at the University of Salford and specialising in childrenswear. Gained an average First Class grade for first year and second year. Recieved grade of 95% for work placement module.

fashion
Education
2016 - Current
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HARRIS TWEED AUTHORITY
FMP SPONSORSHIP AWARD

I won a competition run by the Harris Tweed Authority for sponsorship of my final collection. I have been granted 10m of Harris Tweed worth approximately £500.

web design, graphic design, digital marketing, photography, filming, fashion
Employment
2016 - 2017
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LITTLE WARDROBE LONDON
DIGITAL MARKETING

On a casual basis, I was employed by Little Wardrobe London to undertake all their digital marketing efforts.

web design, graphic design, digital marketing, photography, filming, fashion
Employment
2016
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LITTLE WARDROBE LONDON
CHILDRENSWEAR FASHION DESIGN INTERN

Completed a full time six week work placement at Little Wardrobe London. Received 95% grade.

fashion
Internship
2015
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ZOE JORDAN
WOMENSWEAR FASHION DESIGN INTERN

Interned with Zoe Jordan in Chelsea during summer break 2015. Assisted with the logistics of London Fashion Week ss16 on the run up to and during the show.

fashion
Internship
2015

img_2328UNIVERSITY OF ARTS LONDON
CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATION

Completed the Children’s Book Illustration Summer School course at UAL with Isabel Greenberg. As illustration was my weakest point in my design skill set, this course was fundamental in building my confidence and technique in illustration. Since undertaking this course I developed my illustration skills further.

fashion
Education
2015

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DRESSER

Assisted backstage at the ON | OFF LFW ss16 fashion show – ensuring models had the right garments at the right time and helping them get dressed quickly and efficiently. Checking outfits and styling.

fashion
Internship
2015

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DRESSER

Assisted backstage at London GFW15 – ensuring models had the right garments at the right time and helping them get dressed quickly and efficiently. Checking outfits and styling.

fashion
Internship
2015

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INTERNSHIP

Gained experience in the professional pleating process – from learning to create patterns through to pleating my own fabric and advising clients on the best way to achieve their desired outcome.

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Internship
2013 - 2014

JOHN LEWIS
FASHION RETAIL

Sales Assistant in womens fashion at John Lewis.

fashion
Employment
2014

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CREATIVE PATTERNCUTTING

Completed the Creative Patterncutting Summer School course at Kensington & Chelsea College. I attended this course as I had had a break from fashion for a few years and wanted to bring my skills up to a strong level before embarking on my degree in September 2014. During this course I learned to patterncut on the stand and creative draping techniques.

fashion
Education
2012 - 2013

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MARKETING MANAGER

Marketing Manager at Voodou hair salon.

photography, digital marketing, graphic design
Employment
2009 - 2012

430884_10150652094127975_2116318914_nPHUNKEY PHOTOGRAPHY
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Self employed wedding and family photographer in NZ.

photography, web design
Employment
2009 - 2012
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id DUNEDIN FASHION WEEK
DRESSER

Assisted backstage at id Dunedin Fashion Week NZ – ensuring models had the right garments at the right time and helping them get dressed quickly and efficiently. Checking outfits and styling.

fashion
Internship
2006

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FASHION DESIGN DEGREE

Awarded two full scholarships from two universities to study a degree in Fashion Design.

fashion
Education
2004 - 2006
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LEVELS 1 – 3 FASHION DESIGN
GERALDINE HIGH SCHOOL

Studied Fashion Design in High School in New Zealand from age 14. Developed a fundamental understanding of construction techniques, design ideas, stakeholders, and research skills. Graduated high school with excellence in Level One, Level Two and Level Three Fashion Design.

fashion
Education

Contact Me

M: 07825992261
E: catherine@catherinewatts.com




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