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News: Carmela’s skills come in handy for the frontline

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Carmela busy at her sewing machine
Carmela busy at her sewing machine

Carmela Devi­vo, Tech­ni­cal Instruc­tor for Cre­ative Arts (and for­mer Not­ting­ham Col­lege stu­dent), usu­al­ly spends her week­days help­ing our Fash­ion and Tex­tiles stu­dents and sup­port­ing staff. That could mean help­ing with a range of things, from pat­tern-cut­ting to gar­ment manufacturing. 

But over the past few months, she’s also made more than 150 items for the NHS and care homes, includ­ing head­bands, scrub bags and face masks. 

Carmela1 Lscape

In her own words

Back in April, when it was all over the news that there was a lack of pro­tec­tive equip­ment avail­able in the NHS, I start­ed sewing! 

I emailed the hos­pi­tal, and they asked me to send what I’d made to the inten­sive care unit, and that they would take it from there. 

I’ve also been send­ing to local care homes, as I knew they were also strug­gling with PPE

 — Carmela
Picture of drawstring bags with various patterns

Alumni success

Carmela is actu­al­ly one of our own for­mer Fash­ion and Tex­tiles stu­dents too! After a Lev­el 3 course at Not­ting­ham Col­lege, she pro­gressed to a foun­da­tion degree here, then com­plet­ed her BA in Fash­ion Design at De Mont­fort University. 

She uses the skills learned on her cours­es, com­bined with her expe­ri­ence of work­ing at De Mont­fort as a fash­ion and knitwear tech­ni­cal instruc­tor, to ben­e­fit our stu­dents and sup­port her fel­low staff. Along­side this she has been work­ing on plans to launch her own brand of childrenswear. 

She usu­al­ly gets involved in organ­is­ing the Col­lege’s cat­walk fash­ion shows. This year, as stu­dent work has gone into a vir­tu­al Cre­ative Show instead, she’s been shar­ing high­lights and cur­rent work on the Fash­ion & Tex­tiles department’s Insta­gram feed.

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  • 29th June 2020 (3:51 PM)
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