How did you apply for the scholarship – what was the process?
I applied through the British Fashion Council directly, there’s a window of time in the summer for BA and MA students to apply and the process was very straightforward. From the initial written part of the application, I was invited for an interview with a panel. I had around 10 minutes to present my work and career goals, which was then followed by some questions.
“My current practice is an exploration into pride, what that means and looks like from my British-Jamaican perspective.” – Taya Francis
What is your work about?
My current practice is an exploration into pride, what that means and looks like from my British-Jamaican perspective. When I think about my upbringing it was so beautiful yet layered, and this viewpoint of being between two very distant islands gives birth to a very rich experience living amidst these two parallels. I am immensely proud to explore my heritage as a form of expression in my work. Being proactively conscious with the materials I use in my designs is integral to my work’s sentiment; naturally mirroring the deep-rooted characteristic attributes of Island life.