Louise West - College of Arts, Humanities and Education - University of Derby

Louise West, Textiles, 2010

Louise graduated with a BA (Hons) Textile Design in 2010 and MA ADAPT from Derby.

The origins of her journey

Louise suffered from a spinal injury in 1995 and consequently had a change of perception on life and so decided to take a textiles course at college. She enjoyed the course so much that she came to the University of Derby to talk to the lecturers about taking a degree course in textiles.

Louise said: "The lecturers were so enthusiastic and showed a real passion for the subject. I was steamrolled by their enthusiasm and enrolled 3 hours later!"

Key achievements

After 3 months of starting the textiles design course at Derby Louise was commissioned by architects from London for the design work of the entire concrete facade of the Nottingham Contemporary.

Louise teaches lace making to adults at and attends various conferences and groups around the UK as a guest speaker.

Louise said: "Before I went to university I didn't even know how to create a presentation, my degree course has taken me on a journey of personal development and has opened so many doors of opportunity."

Experience at the University of Derby

Louise said: "The brilliant support from such inspiring lecturers has helped me grow and gain confidence. They fully supported and encouraged my commissioned work whilst I was studying full time."

Advice to others

Louise said: "If you are passionately interested in a subject then enrol on a course. You get out what you put in and if you put in the effort the rewards of opportunity are priceless. Make sure it is the right course for you and then you will have a fantastic time."

Louise West "The value of my degree has been priceless, it has changed my entire outlook on life and I am now so positive and I love my career and my life." Louise West