Heather is an amazing new talent to emerge in the UK. Currently in her final year of an integrated master’s degree and having been shortlisted by New Designers in her category, she is definitely one to watch. Heather has spent the last 4 years at Swansea College of Art where she is in her final master’s year of a Surface Pattern and Textiles degree. We couldn’t be happier to have her as part of the Designed and Created community.

Heather was born and raised in Northamptonshire where she went to school. Her love of art and design didn’t occur naturally – she initially struggled with art at school where she found the curriculum to be limiting as it didn’t allow her to develop her own style and become passionate about art, resulting in her often feeling unsatisfied and unhappy with her work.

Fortunately, she remained passionate about her creativity at home, so she persisted and decided to take Art and Textiles at GCSE level. From here Heather went on to study Graphics and Textiles at A-level which enabled her to then apply to Swansea College of Art (UWTSD). It was here that she truly fell in love with her practice and became passionate about pursuing art as a career. Swansea College of Art nurtured Heather to flourish in a way she never felt possible.

Heather is now balancing launching Heather Kelman Design and completing her Master's degree back at Swansea where they bring the best out of her.


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