Rosie Welburn

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Q. What was your background before KLC?
A: When starting KLC in 2018, I had just completed a gap year. I worked as a catering assistant so I could be able to go interrailing in the summer- I travelled to eight European cities over three weeks. Before this, I had been at school and working towards my A levels. I was going to study History of Art at York University before deciding to go to KLC!

Q. Why did you decide to study Interior Design?
A: I have always been a creative person that has constantly learnt and worked in a visual and sensory way. My art A level clarified that I wanted to pursue something in my career that channelled this love for creativity and inventiveness. I have always been intrigued by interior design since reading my mum's 'The World of Interiors' magazines. Knowing I could actually participate in this line of work seemed the ideal path for me.

Q. Tell us about your experience of the course?
A: My KLC experience can be described as hugely positive. Despite the intensity of the course, it has only enforced a huge personal drive to meet my potential and of course, deadlines! It has been a great first experience of being in a studio environment- my peers and I have become so close and it has meant we share ideas and collaborate despite working on independent projects. Having completed the course, I feel excited and optimistic about what's to come.

Q. What are your design interests/strengths?
A: With my visual way of working, I thoroughly enjoy creating mood boards and collating my conceptual conclusions to form design ideas. I have a huge appreciation for materials and fabrics- creating a scheme and being able to visualise a finalised outcome makes design so exciting for me. Residential design has always been a passion of mine- creating homes for people. However, completing this course, I have felt my eyes have been opened to the possibilities of commercial design also. How a designer can affect someone's experience within a public space through the design of the structure, layout and scheme.

Q. What space inspires you?
A: The living room- a multi-faceted space that is relied on by so many for a variety of occasions. It must cater to needs of socialisation, relaxation and comfort. The heart of any home- it really is the area where living takes place and must reflect the person who inhabits it.

Q. Who is your favourite designer?
A: I really couldn't pick a favourite- but I will always be an admirer of designers with a timeless style such as Mark Sikes, Sophie Conran, Taylor Howes and Soane Britain- that bring tradition into the modern-day industry. Also, I admire beautiful craftsmanship- such as Tom Faulkner Furniture with its distinctive and sculptural pieces that make furniture an art form through use of materiality and shape.

Q. Where to from here?
A: I want to continue to build upon my existing skills and knowledge. I am open to experience, I want to be around inspiring people and learn from them. From building relationships, I hope I can provide a fresh outlook and opinion and be a valued member of any studio.

STUDY TIP - Make the most of the tutors' help! They are all hugely knowledgeable and are there for your benefit- ask lots of questions and be honest about struggles or confusion. Also, your peers are there too. You are all in the same boat and have been taught the same skills. Sometimes a fresh opinion can alleviate any stress about projects and make you see something from a different perspective. Rosie Welburn