Former Coleg Cambria Student got the opportunity to meet Jimmy Choo, designed a shoe fit for a princess and has had her shoes at London fashion week.

Beth Roberts from Rhewl, studied WJEC Level 3 in Art and Design at Coleg Cambria Wrexham.

Her tutors whilst at the college, Marcus Thomas and Sheenan Bain said:

“Beth was an enthusiastic student who embraced experimentation and invention, tackling contemporary issues with confidence and seized every opportunity to develop a personal visual vocabulary in order to express herself and her ideas. “

During a very busy year at the college she had time to think, experiment, and learn practical aspects of the subject as well as the aesthetic side and was awarded a Distinction at the end.  Beth then went to study Footwear Design at De Montfort, Leicester and gained a 1st class BA degree.

Whilst at De Montford, Beth compiled a very impressive portfolio of work experience, whilst at the same time helping her parents set up a café at their family run business in Rhewl.  Work experience included working with Lulu Guiness in London, designing a collection of handbags; studying jewellery design, branding and packaging at Maud Telastuo, jewellery designer.  Having Fly on the wall experience at MTV Studios, London. Working at Bill Bird Bespoke Shoes, Cotswolds and London, a company that specialises in orthopaedic footwear; and at Moda Tech School of Design, Tuscany, learning new techniques (Sketchbook pro and Photoshop), graphics on a tablet, Italian method of pattern-making, visiting factories, tanneries and design studios.

Beth was offered an internship at Sophia Webster in London, and whilst working here she was offered a job with ASOS where she currently works as a shoe designer.  Within the role she travels abroad and has made firm roots within the industry.

The talented former student has had many exciting experiences including meeting Jimmy Choo at an awards ceremony where she was presented a commendation, designed a shoe for Prince George, which Prince William first saw at the Festival of Creativity in China where her work was on display, and has had her shoes on show at the Degree Show and London Fashion Week.

As well as her day job she has started a small business called Blackcurrant Pop.  Living in London with her boyfriend Scott Edwards who she met at school, Beth longs to come home to North Wales where she can have more space and perhaps her own studio. She lives and breathes creativity but having little time and space is challenging.

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