Tracy Pritchard is Director of The Fashion & Textiles Institute at Falmouth University.
Since moving from industry to education it seems I have fallen into the habit of celebrating new year in the autumn. It also happens to be my favorite time of year, despite – as well as because of – it being a time of sleeping, hibernating and restoration. In education though this sense of slow settling before the onset of winter is more than balanced by the new life that arrives at the start of the new term. And nowhere more so than at Falmouth where the university town wakes up to the new wind of creative talent that arrives so freshly, bringing with it the latest air of autumnal colour and artistic vitality.
At the start of the new term in September our freshers enjoyed a week of meeting and mingling, some making a visit to the Barbara Hepworth Museum in St Ives, whilst others surfed, sketched, danced and partied to the backdrop of the St Ives Festival. Settling back down then into everyday studies, the Fashion and Textile Design Center rapidly came alive again with its 500+ students as the machinery was switched on and the cutting tables and print tables once more began to shimmer with textures and colour. New staff grace our work rooms and the first student designs have emerged out of research books to populate the landscape that will be graduation collections, final presentations and London shows. It is little wonder then that, from the perspective of our Falmouth environment, I embrace this time of year as one of celebration and excitement.