“I ask the teachers and new students to keep making their creations relevant to the world we live in. As a medium, fashion should be utilised to continue starting the conversations that need to be discussed,”
Poulson is adamant that these changes don’t have to be a bad thing as this experience forced her to adapt and progress as an artist. Her biggest hope, however, is that it will offer students a new perspective on what is important. “I ask the teachers and new students to keep making their creations relevant to the world we live in. As a medium, fashion should be utilised to continue starting the conversations that need to be discussed,” she says.
In a more general sense, she hopes to see major change within the industry and believes this will only occur with increased regulations. From employment to production to waste, there are flaws throughout the system. “There is so much potential for consumers to purchase products that are meaningful and will last,” she says. This will only be possible, Poulson believes if people are made aware of who has made their products, where, and how much they were paid.
The future looks busy for Poulson, who has recently started moving into her own studio. She also explains how she is already creating pieces for a number of shows next year. One of which is in France, alongside a previous collaborator, the Angolan artist Raul Jorge Gourgel. She will also be spending the year working for herself, perfecting her craft at her own pace. “I wanted this year to continue developing my skills and to take up opportunities that could help me learn.” After that? Poulson sees herself returning to university to complete an MA. For the fashion practitioner, education is a lifelong investment.