A DESIGN graduate has become a master of her craft after securing a job with a global art emporium.
Former Cleveland College of Art & Design (CCAD) student Leigh Spencer has taken up the position of creative designer for Kanban Crafts.
The Yorkshire-based manufacturer of paper crafts is a global leader in the supply of products, as well as creating merchandise for the Create and Craft TV channel and a worldwide crafting trade.
Leigh, who studied in Hartlepool, is the first of the college’s 2012 graduates to be offered a full-time job following the completion of her studies at CCAD.
Leigh said: “I never expected to get a job straight after leaving college – especially doing something I love – it’s just amazing.”
The 23-year-old, who studied a BA in textiles and surfaces design at CCAD’s Hartlepool campus in Church Square, started designing from a young age.
She added: “My nana taught my sister and me how to draw and throughout school I always did really well at art.
“I completed my BTEC in art and design and an A level in textiles at college where one of my tutors told me about CCAD.
“After going along to one of their graduate shows, in Church Square, Hartlepool, I knew instantly that was where I needed to be.
“Studying surface design and textiles has enabled me to look at all areas of design, from fashion fabrics and interior furnishings to wallpapers, textile artwork, greeting cards and gift products, giving me a perfect grounding for my new job.”
Leigh’s role as creative designer will involve overall responsibility for designing the elements for embellishments on handmade cards.
Leigh, who lives in Sunderland, added: “CCAD really supported me, giving me the confidence in my own work, identifying my design strengths, even helping to improve my CV and there were always tutors available to talk to, even out of hours.
“My new job is fantastic and one day I hope to start my own business designing gifts, cards and bed linen.
“Until then I’m going to enjoy every moment of working in an industry I love.”