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Designs For Life

Date Posted: 02/09/2020 | Posted In: Latest news

Former Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College student Kirath Ghundoo popped up on our Instagram feed this week. Kirath, who studied both Art and Art Foundation at the college, is a successful surface pattern designer who specialises in bespoke wallpapers and prints for interiors, fashion and lifestyle products. Her clients include high profile names such as Harvey Nichols, Hyundai, Vivienne Westwood, and Susie Bubble.

Alongside the creative elements of her work Kirath is also very passionate about encouraging the BAME community to become involved in the design industry, something she speaks at length about in the upcoming edition of Elle Decoration magazine. Kirath comments:-

“It’s a magazine that’s supported my journey throughout my design career ever since I started in 2011. However this feature is a special one that explores diversity and inclusivity within design.

I’m proud to be featured as an Indian designer and hope my journey encourages people from the BAME community to pursue a career in design. To my knowledge there is a small minority of BAME designers within my industry I am aware of and want to see MORE standing loud and proud, killing it !!! 🙌🏽🙋🏽♀️. Within my culture a career in the arts or design isn’t the typical job route, luckily I have a very supportive family who’ve understood my creative wackiness since childhood!

I was just saying on my stories yesterday how lockdown has encouraged and given me the time to slow down and reconnect with old ways of working. Reviving ideas from my A-Level and Art Foundation days 20 years ago @qesfcdarlington and creating artwork that showcases my handmade side. You could say I’ve been reminiscing!

The last couple of months have been a learning journey where I have grown as a designer in many ways, that’s another Instagram post in itself! Topped off with this fantastic feature as lockdown lifted, let’s champion ‘Diversity in Design’ forever evolving and chasing our dreams 💗 #BAME”

It is always lovely to find out what our ex students have been doing since leaving college, especially when it is such a positive story. You can see more of Kirath’s fantastic designs at www.Kirathghundoo.com or follow her in Instagram @kirath_ghundoo.