Chelsea Vivash studied Product and Furniture Design FdA and is now an artist and furniture maker specialising in traditional woodworking techniques of marquetry with a modern twist.
Originally from the Midlands, Chelsea came to London to turn her passion into a career and surely has succeeded in doing so, her work has been published in various magazines such as Elle Decoration and more.
Tell us a little bit about yourself...
I’m from Worcestershire in the Midlands and previously studied a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art at Edinburgh University. I’ve always had an artistic practise of sorts and moved to London to build on my creative skills, which is why I decided to study Furniture and Product Design FdA at London Met.
What brought you to London Met?
I used to make sculptures from old pieces of furniture and the craftsmanship involved in making these pieces intrigued me. So, I decided to come to London Met to learn how to design and make my own furniture.
What did studying here mean to you?
I chose to study at London Met because I felt that the tutors really wanted to impart their knowledge and to help you to achieve your goals, there was plenty of contact time in the studio and a wide range of facilities to use. I was also happy to be in the capital city where I found my surrounding constantly inspiring.
What is your biggest passion in life and where did that passion come from?
Creativity has always been my biggest passion, which is why I feel so lucky that I have been able to make it into my career. I believe it has always been there since I was a small child as I spent a lot of my free time making things, drawing or painting.
What drives you?
I always have lots of ideas buzzing inside my brain, so every day, I look forward to coming to the studio to express them through my work. Being able to do that gives me my drive.
What’s the proudest moment in your life?
I have many proud moments, but in terms of my work, I think the first time I saw my products featured in a printed magazine such as Elle Decoration or the Times Style Magazine. I really felt as though my efforts had been recognised, that was quite a nice moment for me!
Tell us a bit about your interests and why they're importany to you?
I love spending time with my family and friends, especially outside, going for walks, sharing ideas and thoughts about life. I love to cook and enjoy visiting new places, which helps me gain perspective and often inspires my work.
What's next in your career?
I have a range of new products at prototyping stage, which I would like to complete and release this year. Also, I'll be working more on bespoke larger art pieces.
Do you have any advice for anyone considering studying at London Met?
I think if you’re planning to study at London Met, I’d recommend that you make use of facilities that are available to you as much as possible to get the most out of your course! Speak with your tutors, organise your own exhibitions with fellow students and make the best of the time you have whilst studying.
"Creativity has always been my biggest passion, which is why I feel so lucky that I have been able to make it into my career."
"I chose to study at London Met because I felt that the tutors really wanted to impart their knowledge and to help you to achieve your goals."