Five minutes with…Emily Saunders

Passionate, caring and hardworking, these are just some of the words used to describe Emily Storm Saunders, costume design and pattern maker extraordinaire. “I love the intricacies of patternmaking and sewing. It’s always interesting and challenging, and I feel like I’m always learning,” she says.

Emily knows all about hard work as she has already accomplished so much, having already graduated from a Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology/Merchandising. During this time, she received the Gerber Technology Award and the Mary Ellen Roberts Award for the highest aggregate mark in the state.

“My main goal is to improve all of my skills through my pre-comp training so that I can make something I’m truly proud of at the National Championship and walk away knowing I achieved something great. Winning a medal would be an incredible achievement as well, but self-improvement is the number 1 goal,” says Emily.

Currently in her first year for the Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services (Costume for Performance) and Certificate III in Millinery, Emily also attends design meetings and training sessions with her trainers and teachers alongside practicing all the different skills required for the competition in her spare time either at home or at TAFE NSW Ultimo. She believes repeating the same technique until it becomes second nature is the best way to learn.

Three years working hard to get the recognition she deserves, Emily will not stop now as her future goals include creating a fully sustainable and ethical fashion brand along with becoming part of the fashion revolution. “I feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to represent my region, it’s definitely motivating me to work even harder so I can display the very best of my skills at the Competition in July,” she says.

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