Emily Linnell

When and where did you go to high school & what were your GCSE Results?
Went to Broadland high school and achieved some good GCSEs in quite a broad range of subjects, including Art (A*), Maths (B), Textiles (A*), English lit (A), IT, music, PE...

I then studied at Paston and achieved AS levels in accounting, maths, art and design alongside textiles. After achieving top ten in the country for my art and design result, I dropped maths and accounting in the second year and focused on the creative subjects which I enjoyed far more. I then went onto become a Norfolk scholar in the second year for art.

Where did you go to University and what mark did you leave with?
After leaving Paston I went on to the London College of Fashion and achieved a First at 93% in Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Development. This included spending a year in Manchester on a work placement where I was working on loads of projects that included designing shoes for Cheryl Coles footwear collection and shoes for Gola. Here I decided I wanted to specialise in designing childrenswear.

Who do you work for, and what projects have you been involved in? 
Since leaving university I have worked on a broad range of projects including some with DesignWorks (The company that makes the prototypes for the BBC show, The Apprentice) for Clarks, I have also been working at Start-rite working on a range of products from sandals to hiking boots, accessories and a few graphics. In addition to this I have also been helping the marketing team with images for the website. My role at Start-Rite is very varied and I am really happy there, there is also an excellent opportunity to travel. For example, some prototypes came in recently from the Far East for our AW15 collection which we will launch soon in London and we have already began researching Spring summer 16 fashion forecasts.

Matt Phelps and Sue Tatler were really inspirational teachers at Paston. The Art and Textile department really broadened my horizons and helped to explore my options and focus on the things I enjoyed the most. Since college I have achieved a lot and I think their teaching has had a huge influence in the decisions I made which has led me to where I am today (I also believed that they were better teachers than my lecturers and tutors at university!). So thank you Sue, Matt and Paston :)

"I went on to the London College of Fashion and here I decided I wanted to specialise in designing childrenswear."