The latest in our #TrySomethingNew series is here! We have continued to recommend courses upon our Facebook and Twitter feeds, but here you’ll also get to meet and read about our students and the amazing courses they have joined. This week we are catching up with independent curator and freelance artist, Angela Sanchez Del Campo, about her weekend with Jeanette Osterried on the Creative Draping (Weekend) short course
What is your name and where do live/come from?
My name is Angela and I am originally from Spain, although I have lived in London for the last 8 years.
What is your occupation?
I am an independent curator and freelance artist, specialising in vintage fashion illustration using watercolours and inks.
What course did you study and why did you choose it?
I attended Creative Draping (Weekend). I chose this course because I studied BA Fashion Design in the past and it is a subject that I have always been interested in. I have worked on cutting and sewing patterns previously, and I thought that modelling and draping directly on the stand would be a creative and interesting experience.
What did you enjoy most about your course?
The experimental side of it! We started learning with a classic Greek costume made of one big piece of fabric draped on the body and from there we started making variations based on our own criteria to obtain new shapes. There was room for improvisation and experimentation throughout the process. At this point, we didn’t have to worry about the garment being wearable, but more about the manipulation of the fabric and the different shapes and textures.
We gained practice by doing 2-5 minutes of modelling on the dummy exercises. Then, we would undo it and start all over again. It was extraordinary how one type of draping can lead to another and change the aesthetics of the design completely.
In order to explore the diverse qualities and textures of different fabrics, we did some experimental draping on the dummy with non-textile materials such as kitchen cloths, kitchen paper, sponges, newspapers, rubbish bags, etc. Combining different materials altogether was an excellent exercise to observe the diverse volumes and features that textiles can offer when draping.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking a short course at Central Saint Martins?
I would say that it is an amazing way to try something new and experiment in new areas, whether you are a professional in the field or not. There are so many options that it’s a challenge to choose only one course!
I understand it may feel a bit awkward to attend a short course when you have already finished your studies, but it is impressive how many people are on the course in the same situation. The group was very diverse and the tutor was excellent. She was very experienced at draping and also teaches in the BA Fashion at CSM.
What do you believe is integral to the work of an artist, in any discipline?
Passion. Whatever your area of expertise is. I read once that passion gets you everywhere. Clients can spot it and it keeps you alive and creative which makes you great at what you do – not everyone has it. Passion makes you stand out from the rest and when you are completely exhausted it still picks you up again.
What 3 words best describe your short course experience at CSM?
Enjoyable, experimental and inspirational
You can follow Angela on both Instagram, @angelacsm87, and Facebook; you can also view more of Angela’s work upon her website, www.angelascm.com . There are currently spaces available upon the next Creative Draping (Weekend) courses running in March and many others in 2018. See the full list of courses by visit the Central Saint Martins Short Courses website and #TrySomethingNew!