Thursday, August 15, 2013

Interview with intern, Jell

Jell wearing puffy knickers she made herself.

Your name and age:
Jell, 22

How long have you worked for/with Paper People Clothing?
Since June 2013.

What is your position?
I am an intern of rogue duties, going where I am needed! I mainly work my muscles as I cut mittens out from reclaimed vintage (bags of heavy sweaters weigh a lot more than you think!) and meticulously sew buttons on finished pieces. I also train my eyes for flaws while I do quality checking on finished garments. There were also days where I cut paper patterns for Paper ironic!

What is your educational background? Where did you go to school? How has your education adapted into your career today?
I studied fashion design at George Brown College's intense fashion design program, and graduated in 2011. I fell in love with the technical side of fashion where we were constantly pushed to perfect our hand and eyes for pattern drafting and sewing.
I now study at Ryerson University, where I can learn about the design aspect of the fashion design industry.
I feel like I have the technical and design skills to start my own clothing line.

What is your favourite season for production at Paper People Clothing?
Personally, my favorite season has always been fall. And so, you would imagine how exciting the opportunity was to be working on the fall 2013 line! It was really cool seeing the process of how vintage sweater parts gets zombied into a new, unique cardigan.

Jell wearing her DIY jeans.

How would you describe your own personal style?
In a word? Eclectic.
On the daily, I'm an addict of the black and white spectrum exploring disproportions with a masculine attitude. But one day, I might dress up like a little prince, another I rock a punkish warrior look. It just kinda depends on how I feel that day.

How did your family react to your choice to pursue a career as a creative professional?
My somewhat traditional Asian family was unhappy to find out about my fashion dreams. My mum basically told me I had three options: a doctor, a lawyer or a calculator (she means an accountant!). She tried discouraging me in hopes that I would change my mind. Eventually, my parents began to support me. They understood that pursuing fashion was my only dream. There was literally no other career that would make me happy the way fashion does.

Tell us about some other Creative projects you have on the go!
As a passionate lover of fashion (that avoids the word fashionista), I like spreading my wings out and work on a few projects at the same time. I like challenging myself by articulating my love of fashion through words and photography on my blog, just jell. I'm also gearing up for a fashion show this fall where I will be showing a few garments for my new clothing line (coming out soon).

Aaaaand I'm starting a small business with my best friend where we'll be selling our handmade ipad cases too. We should be opening up for orders this fall. Here's a sample of what we have:

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