We catch up with Daisy Buckle, who graduated last year from BA Textile Design. From interning in the Highlands and Islands in remote Scotland to having some of her design produced commercially, we’re happy to hear Daisy’s had a great year.
What have you been up to since you graduated?
I participated in a variety of activities including interning in the Highlands, The Shetland Isles and London working for companies such as The Shetland Tweed Company and Margo Selby. I have also been able to undertake more opportunities volunteering for causes I am passion about- such as The National Animal Welfare Trust and The Woodland Trust.
I set up my own design studio where I have been creating and making a range of material pieces and developing my print and illustration collections, culminating in a children’s book. I have also been a founding member of a collective called ‘Bare faced Cheek’ which is a platform for people to engage and connect with people about topics and subjects they feel interested and passionate about – (check it out and join in!).
Tell us about your practice, how has it developed since graduating?
My work is still as experimental as it was during my time on BA Textile Design at Chelsea, however it is more refined in that I work with specific areas and circumstances to create more detailed and experiential pieces for people to engage with, using my volunteering to guide some of my pieces.
What are you currently working on?
I am developing a series called ‘Time Capsules’ where I explore specific areas and create pieces in response to these areas, using all of my skills from physical making to digital photography and written word.
What have been your greatest achievements since graduating from Chelsea?
Being featured in a Textile View magazine’s ‘New Formations’ article was a great achievement for me because it built up a greater awareness of myself and my work. I was also in charge of designing and developing samples for some of the companies I have worked for and these pieces have been developed further for production.
What are your future plans?
I am going to be undertaking a masters at the Royal College of Art in Information Experience Design starting this October. This will enable me to develop my work further and build further connections. I hope to further develop my own practice and set up my own studio which works across disciplines and engages people through interactive and immersive design experiences.
Tell us about your time at Chelsea, what do you miss? What did you enjoy the most?
Working across different areas and having the ability to connect with people across the course and see what they were doing was inspiring and always helps to motivate you, so I miss that working as a freelance designer.
What is the most important thing you learned on the course?
The making skills I developed can be used across fields and I can combine and develop these ideas to make something new and exciting.
What advice would you give to our students who are about to graduate?
Do not worry if something doesn’t happen straight away or that someone else might seem to be doing ‘better’ than you. Everyone has their time and actually this time after graduating can be a good head space to think about what you want your work to be and where you want to take it.
See more work and connect on Daisy Buckle’s website
Read more about BA Textile Design
Explore the BA Textile Design work in the 2017 Undergraduate Summer Show