I first received an email a few months back offering the opportunity of a placement with Samantha Peach, I was quick on the case of replying and secured two weeks throughout June and July.
My names Leanne Ward and I’m currently studying Textile Design at Nottingham Trent University, specialising in Printed Textiles.
When thinking about my future career I have always imagined myself working in a small environment creating and selling my own products. However I was quite inexperienced in how these type of businesses were ran on a day to day basis.
Therefore visiting Samantha Peach has given enabled me to see every aspect of running your own business.
What a week….
My first week at Samantha Peach began by my first job of the day…making a cup of tea. I learnt how the business operates and what each team members role was, I soon got the hang of the postage system and was able to print of the orders and package them, I had the opportunity to make some of the masks available on-line but best of all I even had the chance to rummage through the piles of lace, ribbons, sequins and feathers to create my own unique masks.
The week didn’t end quite as smoothly as it began as I arrived on Friday morning to a flooded studio. We began packing up stock to try and rescue as much as we could. Fortunately the move to the new studio could be pushed forward and the business could move in straight away…So my last day was spent quite differently to the usual Friday afternoon, packing up boxes and transporting them to the new studio in “the bongo!”
The new studio…
On my second week back at Samantha Peach the new studio had been filled, the space is alot more practical and modern, there was just the small issue of getting used to where things are.
This week I continued with the postage system and making masks for larger orders or the if stock was low, I also lent my hand to some carpentry and modelling!
All in all these two weeks have given me, probably, the best insight into how unpredictable but also how enjoyable working within a small team can be.
Below are the masks I designed whilst working at Samantha Peach…my favourite masks out of the current collection were the lace, Gaga style ones, so I decided to create my own version.
My other idea was inspired by the summer and festivals, i wanted to create quite a fun mask with splashes of colour but also trying to create something that corresponded with the summer fashions.
We’ve been building our Pinterest boards recently and have seen some really beautiful looks using make-up to create a masquerade look without the mask. We’ve pulled together some of our favourites with video tutorials so you can give them a go yourself! Check our Pinterest board for extra inspiration. Top tip: give your look a …