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Art Alumni

Lauren HallName: Lauren Natasha Hall

School Years: 2008 - 2013

Art Subjects studied at Waingels: Textiles & Graphic Design

Your memories of Waingles Art Department: I loved the art department, I spend 90% of my school time there, putting in the extra hours to make my work perfect. The staff are fab and are the reason why I love art and textiles so much and a big reason to why I'm in the industry i'm in now. I learnt so many new skills that I use to this day and wouldn't be where I am today without that base.

Life After Waingels: I went on to study Costume Construction at my dream university Royal Central of Speech and Drama graduating in 2016 with my Bachelor of Arts Degree. I'm now a professional in the industry as a Costume Maker, Wardrobe Misress and Costume Designer. I have toured the UK and Internationally with 'An Evening of Dirty Dancing', working with the BBC, Pinewood Studios and most recently became the Costume Designer for the Broadway musical 'Pageant' which made its return to London this summer.

Your Future in Art: I plan to continue working as a freelancer in the industry and I'm off to Panto season of Cinderella this coming Christmas. I would love to continue learning my craft and travel the world doing my job.

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Name: Max Jefcut

School Years: 2005-2012

Art Subjects Studied at Waingels: Fine Art and Textiles

Your Memories of Waingels Art Department: The Art Department at Waingels holds a lot of good memories. Though I particularly remember visiting the Venice Biennale in 2012 and notably one staff member’s blonde Warhol wig worn on fancy dress night. Upon reflection, this opportunity highlights the department’s passion and encouragement for students to engage with and respond to contemporary art. The staff offered consistent support and encouragement to me during my time studying at Waingels, and I value their passion and inspiration for the subject.

Life After Waingels: After I left Waingels, I went on to complete a foundation diploma specialising in Fine Art. I then moved to London to study Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, as part of UAL. I was also fortunate to have to opportunity to study at Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts, for six months as part of the Erasmus+ programme.

Your Future in Art: I am just about to graduate from Central Saint Martins, and hope to continue with my artistic practice, as well as exhibiting and showing my work.

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Rachel 1Name: Rachel Mayes

School Years: 2005-2012

Art Subjects Studied at Waingels: Graphic Design (Though I also took Art at GCSE & Textiles at AS level)

Your Memories of Waingels Art Department: Looking back it’s pretty obvious where my interest in Graphic Design came from and that’s Waingels. At the point of choosing my GCSEs it was only when my art teacher at the time recommended the option that I really took any notice of the subject and from then on I was hooked. I have a lot of good memories of the Art Department from fun had at after-school art clubs when I was younger to my final years of school where the motivation and support from my teachers inspired me to keep on pursuing design. The dedication and passion of teachers never ceases to amaze me and I’m grateful for all that Waingels offered me.

Life After Waingels: After Waingels, I completed a pre-degree foundation diploma specialising in Visual Communication and then went on to study Design at Goldsmiths, UoL. However while thoroughly enjoying a first year there, I realised the course wasn’t quite for me. Since then I’ve been studying Graphic Design part-time with Anglia Ruskin University. While it hasn’t been quite the educational path I envisioned, I have been extremely lucky to continue to follow what I enjoy.

RachelYour Future in Art: Last year I worked as a Graphic Designer for an awesome company in Manchester and while completing my final university year I am now back in Reading working as a Digital Media Assistant. I also work on numerous freelance projects year round including re-branding local Caversham Festival into Readipop Festival among many others.

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