1. Hey Lucy! Tell us a little about yourself!!
I am originally from Ghana, West Africa. I was born in Norway, and grew up in Bunbury. I am 24 years old and am the middle sibling to 2 beautiful sisters.
I was fortunate enough to grow up being exposed to many different vibrant cultures.
I fell in love with fashion and design when I was 9. I remember it so vividly. My mum used to take my sister and I to the Bunbury library during the school holidays and I passionately disliked reading, so I would spend hours drawing clothing and creating characters.
2. We LOVE your work! How would you describe what you do and your style?
Thanks! I love story telling, I take every opportunity to share my experiences, my journey and my faith. Fashion, design and art have given me the opportunity to do this.
I was always drawn to couture, its very theatrical, and very elaborate and couture clothing are works of art that can be worn on the body.
I have always incorporated that couture- hand crafted element- to my work.
3. What are some of the things you have done to get you to this place?
I started my Cert II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology when I was in year 12. I then completed the course in Perth; it was three-years full time at TAFE to complete the Adv. Diploma. I then went to Curtin for a year and completed the Bachelor of Arts majoring in Fashion Design.
During my studies I completed a lot of work experience, and interned at as many places as I could. This opened my eyes to the reality of the industry and gave me a lot of clarity that it was the industry I wanted to be in, regardless of the challenges it brought.
4. What do you LOVE about designing?
I love designing because it’s the way I best know how to express my ideas and thoughts. Some things are better expressed through art forms, I struggle to find words that can adequately describe things that I have seen or experienced. I prefer to show my audience, design is another type of language.
5. Favourite designer at the moment?
My favourtie designer VALENTINO GARAVANI, no more words needed.
6. What is your dream as a designer and what are you working towards?
My dream is to create a business that nurtures young aspiring creatives, offers jobs to marginalised people in our community, equipping them with practical skills and trades that will help them to progress in their future career ventures. A business that supports sustainable work practises in small international communities.
Ultimately creating smaller communities within our greater communities, which build people up and connects people from all walks of life.
7. Do you have any advice to others who are passionate about designing and want to pursue a career in it?
To aspiring designers I would say be consistent, be persistent and be you. You will only stand out as a designer if you are true to who you are.