I know that you’re all used me writing about the courses I go on regularly. Some I really enjoy, others not so much. I’m very organised about my education. I get all the glossy brochures at the beginning of the year and plan all my personal training needs first, then look at the salon as a whole and at individuals in particular. The entire team are on their own unique education plan which is discussed and modified in their quarterly appraisals. For those who really can’t take time out to attend out of salon training, we arrange in salon sessions, either with our brand partners or amongst ourselves in our monthly team meetings.
So, it was with great anticipation that I set off for my course at Central Saint Martins, the famous fashion college near Kings Cross and part of UAL (University of the Arts London). It’s a beautiful building and it was great to be rubbing shoulders with proper uni students after all this time. Sadly, for me, this was the only good bit. The course itself was a disappointment.
We learnt about trend agencies, putting a mood board together and creating a collection (all stuff we do practically in our sleep). The afternoon was spent cutting out crummy stencils and finger painting! Did I learn anything? Maybe a few tips I could use at Sunday School if we’re doing a bit of creative play but other than that not really. Still, it wasn’t a total waste of time. I went to an event about Social Enterprise in the evening whilst I was up there which was much more interesting. Onwards and upwards…I hope next week’s course is better: I’m with Kate Middleton’s hairdresser next Monday learning about his ‘Method’ cutting. Watch this space!