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Amanda

Amanda Nichols

Year of Award: 2015 Award State: New South Wales Arts - Performing > Theatre And Stage
The Gilbert Spottiswood Churchill Fellowship to develop expertise in the traditional and current practices of corsetry and couture womenswear - UK, France, Japan
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Major Lessons & Conclusions:

  • As a relatively young cutter in the film and theatre industry, I have a renewed joy for my craft, however I have also developed a great passion for couture fashion. As opportunities within film and theatre in Australia are in decline, I will retain and developing my relationships I have made during my fellowship and continuing further study and development of skills within the field of fashion both abroad and in Australia and the sharing of these skills with fellow colleagues. 
  • Skill sharing with other passionate pattern cutters and sewers is a rich & fulfilling experience of which I have gained a deeper knowledge of my trade along with new international colleagues I will remain in contact with throughout my career and continue the dialogue I have begun abroad with colleagues in Australia. 
  • I now have a broader framework in the way I will approach projects with regard to conventional pattern-cutting through the avant-garde techniques I investigated at Central saint Martins and continue to develop & share within my career in Australia. 
  • I believe conventional pattern cutting is important knowledge and a starting point in producing garments, however, according to the garment to be achieved, there are a number of techniques to obtain the end result. These approaches to creating the architecture for the body can be combined, or one particular technique may be specific enough and understood by the individual cutter. 
  • Examining garments in collections in order to gain insight and use, as reference is an invaluable tool and an enjoyable process I will adopt in the future and through my blog and conversations with colleagues I will urge others to seek out these archives as a point of reference.
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