Charmaine Chaudry

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Q. What was your background before KLC? 
A: I graduated from university in French Literature and Film Studies in 2019; since then I have worked in retail and as an English teacher, and during all of this I have been self-employed as an Artist and Illustrator. I have always loved Interior Design and always wanted to forge a career in the creative industry since a child. 

Q. Why did you decide to study Interior Design?
A: I have always been obsessed with designing spaces, whether it’s in my artwork or in person. My grandad was a quantity surveyor and my mother was an architectural technician in the Midlands, so I grew up visiting sights, hanging out with construction workers, helping to choose floor samples etc. Interior Design had always been a passion, I just didn’t know how to become a qualified interior designer, until I found KLC!

Q. Tell us about your experience of the course?
A: This course has definitely been the most formative year of my life. At first I felt overwhelmed at everyone’s experience and talent and felt I lacked a lot compared to the rest of my class, however with time I found my feet. KLC taught me essential practical skills for working life, as well as introduced me to some of the most talented and kind people, all of whom I will keep in touch with.  

Q. What are your design interests/strengths?
A: I would say hand drawings is one of my strengths and something I feel comes naturally to me, as a helpful way to communicate my ideas. I am drawn to pattern and colour and I love combining them to create artful and expressive designs.

Q. What space inspires you?
A: I am most inspired when I’m travelling or outside in nature. I find that when I experience a new place I am my most observant and absorb a lot more than when I’m cooped up inside. I also feel that we are always inspired by nature and that interiors, and art in general, often mirror the natural world, so being outdoors really wakes me up creatively. 

Q. Who is your favourite designer?
A: This is a question where my answer will change depending on my mood but right now I am obsessed with Casey Williams who has worked on a variety of set designs but the one which stands out to me is BBC’s Killing Eve; I think it’s amazing how she captures the characters through their interiors. Other than that Kelly Wearstler and Rachel Chudley are always inspiring to me, with their playfully tasteful use of colour, pattern, and texture combinations. 

Q: Where to from here?
A: I am incredibly open to any design experience really, commercial, or residential, large, or small firm, I am looking to build my knowledge and range of experience. I have quite a bit of experience in theatre and I studied Film so I would love to work in theatre and film set design one day, or maybe one day start my own business!

STUDY TIP - Make sure you are always open to new inspiration and have a broad range of research. Keep reading design magazines, build your Pinterest boards, and look out for designers on Instagram. I found that it wasn’t until my final project that I was bringing in aspects of research that I wish I knew previously. Knowing other designers and constantly looking at a range of designs definitely helped inform my own work. Don’t lose a sense of who you but more importantly keep an open mind; you might be surprised at how much you have changed when you leave KLC! Charmaine Chaudry