Thomas Gainsborough School‘s Year 10 Textiles class were in for a treat last week when they took part in a practical interior design workshop, hosted by Lindsey Rendall and Helen Wright, of Rendall & Wright interior design. Mackman worked with Lindsey and Helen on the re-fresh of their branding last year.
The class were given a talk on interior design as a profession, took part in a Q&A and then started work on their own mini-design project. Lindsey Rendall lead the workshop and showed the pupils how to start a project from a written brief. “We then gave the class their own written brief to work to and they got into groups and started creating their own mood board and design boards,” she explained.
The workshop gave the pupils an insight into what it’s like working in this industry. Lindsey shared her expertise on space planning, textile use, colour mixing, presentation skills and the importance of building your confidence.
Lindsey Rendall said, “Helping young people develop practical skills and illustrating a possible profession they could go into is important to us. We know that getting on the career ladder has never been more difficult, which is why it’s important that young people start developing key skills in the classroom.
“They were a lovely group to work with. Having studied printed and woven textiles at university, before going on to study interior design, I was impressed by the level of their work and their ambitious, enthusiastic attitudes!”
Mrs Raleigh, teacher, said, “It’s an invaluable experience to have professionals come in and speak with our students. They’ve been able to find out about pursuing this field of study as a career from people who do this every day, which has been a real inspiration for them.”
Lindsey will be returning to the school in a couple of weeks to take a look through the pupil’s completed design board and to answer any more questions they may have. For more information Lindsey Rendall, visit their website at www.rendallandwright.com.