April 16th, 2012 4:24PM
After graduating from Paris College of Art, Saskia moved to London and interned for almost a year as a design assistant for Georgia Hardinge, a fellow Paris College of Art 2009 Fashion Design alum. The following year, she interned for jewelry designer Fiona Paxton for 6 months before starting her MA program.
In addition to developing a body jewelry collection, Saskia is working on her thesis, Body Objects: Learning From the Masters of Ancient Mayan Crafts for a Timeless Approach to Sustainable Design (working title). Her thesis is based around the concept of “Slow Fashion,” the importance of the handmade as well as object-user relationships, which are essential to establish long-term product use.
Saskia and her Masters classmates are currently working with an art gallery in London’s Southbank area to install a large tree. Each student will source 20-30 meters of traditional fabric that represents each of their countries, which will then be wrapped around the tree. They have the freedom to explore the manipulations of these fabrics in whatever way they wish to portray their individual takes on their nationalities.
Well accustomed to group projects at PCA, Saskia says the rigorous Fashion Design undergraduate program trained her to become self-disciplined and organized. She continues to use the practical knowledge she gained as well as the will to challenge conventions. After obtaining her Masters in Textile Design, Saskia intends to start her own business.