I got a bit emotional when asked by my old Fashion Textiles teacher to comment on my time with her:
I would hasten to add that this is NOT what happens when you study textiles at Alton College. It is what happens when you drop out of an English degree. I’d give anything to be crawling over one of those high tables to paw through your portfolio and suck up every strand of inspiration I could, and then make a pitiful attempt to make anything half as good.’
I know I COULD. I could be one of those sad acts who goes on weekend embroidery courses, or takes up ‘crafts’ to doze over in the evenings. But I’m a very all-or-nothing person. I want to PASSIONATELY embrace something and be thought a genius. And although I was pretty good with the old chain stitch, I’m not sure that thing was ever going to be textiles.