UWTSD Surface Pattern Design Graduate Opens Boutique in Swansea


A University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) graduate is opening her own Lifestyle Boutique in Swansea selling home décor. Sophie Rees graduated in Surface Pattern Design in 2014 will be opening her shop, Homebird, located at 2 Picton Arcade, Swansea on Monday 3rd of August. 

Sophie said:

“I feel overwhelmed and proud to have graduated and set up my own lifestyle brand in Swansea. The hard work, sleepless nights and tears were definitely worth it, as my end result is my own business selling beautiful products in the city that I love. I could not imagine a better job.

“I believe Swansea needs more independent, home-grown shops.  My hope for the future is that more graduates from UWTSD Swansea like myself, will put some thought into a business career.

“All products sold at Homebird are non-mass produced and not on the high street, making each item beautifully unique.”

Sophie has also been working with Monsoon as a freelance designer, and has had her designs printed on children’s wear T-shirts.

“The Surface Pattern course at UWSTD was the most beautifully creative place, filled with talented innovative minds. When you walk into that studio you can feel the creativity everywhere. I can honestly say the 3 years studying this course were absolutely amazing, it changed my life by giving me a lifestyle that when I wake up in the morning I feel excited for the future.

"I graduated with first class honours in Surface Pattern design in 2014. The course and lectures gave good structure to what it would be like in the working world after graduating. The opportunity to secure a freelance children's wear position at Monsoon came from exhibiting my work at New Designers with the University. After the experience and the chances I have been given as a result of New Designers, I have gone on to believe it is crucial for a designer to attend.”

New Designers is an annual event that sees over 3,000 of the most promising graduate talents from Britain’s leading design courses exhibit. UWTSD provide the New Designers event with promising graduate talents every year, students get the chance to showcase their work to businesses, investors and recruiters. The show features everything from textiles and jewellery to product design and illustration.

Sophie continued: “A lot was expected from a Surface Pattern Design student during this course, it wasn't an easy ride - but I loved it. The course prepared me for a life in business and industry. It was a scary transition from student to designer. But the lectures did a good job in preparing us for that change.”

Surface Pattern Design in UWTSD Swansea is a well-established and successful course. It encompasses four pathways: Contemporary Applied Arts Practice, Fashion Object, Textiles for Fashion and Textiles for Interiors. Students experience all of these in the first year, to provide a broad and exciting skill/knowledge base, and an increased sense of creative identity.

The course sets out to enable students to develop their own art/design practice with a growing awareness and understanding of the issues and skills related to their chosen disciplines. The pathways share a common first year that provides an intensive taught period introducing ideas, practices, materials and techniques via a structured set of projects, workshops and study visits.