Katrina O'Brien
  • Female
  • Colchester, Essex
  • United Kingdom
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Designer, Model, Student
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I am in my last year of my BA Hons Degree in Fashion and Textile Design Degree at Colchester School of Art and Design. I am a Fashion and Textile designer with an ethical approach to historical fashion. I have many strengths as a person and one is the ability to stand on my own two feet. At the age of 19 I moved to the UK and financially support myself. I am committed to success and I am determined to achieve all my goals. I have a love for knowledge and am always keen to learn.
Career history / Company history:
• 2010 – Costume Society Museum Placement Award
• 2010 – Straw: Bonnets to Boaters, Hollytrees Museum Colchester. Assisted prepare and the installation of the exhibition for Essex Museums
• 2010 – Alternative Fashion Week, London, Winter Men’s wear collection
• 2010 – Premiere Vision, Paris, Printed Textiles collection
• 2009 till present – Tesco: As part of a fundraising group event, we design, print and sell canvas bags in Tesco stores
• 2009 – Minories Garden Colchester, Lantern Dress exhibition
• 2008 – Castle Park Museum Colchester, 60’s Paper Dress exhibition
• 2008 – Bray Ireland, graduate exhibition for FETAC course

February 2011 – Present: The Wedding Shop Colchester
• July and September 2010 (2010 Costume Society Museum Placement Award): Archived the hat collection in the costume department. Still currently working as a volunteer processing images on Photoshop
• September 2009 – Present: Mercury theatre, bar work and front of house
• November – December 2009: Christmas Temp Paperchase
• April to August 2009: Colchester Mercury Theatre Wardrobe Department
• July 2008 – November 2009: Jaeger Freeport Braintree

Katrina O'Brien's Blog

We didn't have the green thing back then

Posted on October 31, 2011 at 14:38 0 Comments

My uncle found this article and sent it to me in an email. It points out something very important about "the green thing".
The Green Thing
In the queue at the supermarket, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. 

The woman apologised to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day." The cashier responded, "That's our problem today. Your…


Posted on February 8, 2011 at 8:51 0 Comments

McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) is a global sustainability consulting and productcertification firm founded in 1995 by world-renowned architect William McDonough and…

Is Recycling more of a cultural issue?

Posted on February 7, 2011 at 8:30 0 Comments

Is recycling cultural, political, or economical? I have always thought about the political and economical side, but never really the cultural. I have lived in Germany, and there, recycling is a natural as breathing. If you don't do it your neighbours will tell you off and it is highly looked down upon in society. However a recent talk on Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough rose a point. The eastern world have always recycled. China for example. Some farmers have farmed the same piece of…


First idea for our graduate fashion week display

Posted on December 20, 2010 at 16:00 0 Comments

I have been researching and gathering ideas for our graduate fashion week display. One popular idea proposed was an old textile factory, which seems quite fitting. Some issues we face are is the space going to be confined or open, how do we hang our garments and what about the floor and theme. I thought I would try and develop the factory one more. Instead of hanging our garments we could have them in draws in cabinets and in baskets. We could get any cabinet no matter the…


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At 20:43 on November 24, 2011, Mary Malyon said…

Hi Katrina... What kind of placement are you after? I'm setting up a quirky children's clothing company producing in Southern Africa (we are still in the very early planning stages). I need someone who knows about pattern cutting and vintage design to help with the samples. Email me if you're interested:


SA is beautiful btw, I spent 6 months living in Cape Town then backpacked up to Malawi via Mozambique, I still miss it! :)

At 2:48pm on July 31, 2011, Alma Erzhanova gave Katrina O'Brien a gift
At 14:48 on July 31, 2011, Alma Erzhanova said…


Dear Katrina!

I would very much appreciate your help. I am studying for an MA in Marketing at Kingston Business School under the supervision of Professor Robert East. We are conducting research about Fairtrade goods and ethical fashion clothes, and ask you to complete the enclosed short questionnaire. 
I am also offering a £50 shopping gift voucher to the lucky prize draw winner!!!!

Could you please complete this questionnaire, following the link

Thank you very much for your help.
Yours sincerely,

Alma Erzhanova

At 7:56 on August 13, 2010, ravi maheshwari said…
Fashion and Textile Industry can be greener by using modern technology but it will be costly . If consumer is ready to pay then it can work
At 7:53 on August 13, 2010, ravi maheshwari said…
nice pics
At 12:59 on August 10, 2010, Laricea Ioana Roman said…
Dear Katrina,

My name is Laricea Ioana Roman and I am a student at Kingston University, London (KU ID 0942659). I am doing a Master in Marketing, Advertising and Communications and at the moment I am writing my Dissertation. My topic is related to ethical clothing, more specifically, I am investigating how personal values influence customers' decision to buy ethical clothing. In order to come up with some answers for my topic, I need some opinions from people who actually bought ethical clothes.

This is the reason why I am kindly asking you to help me and fill in my questionnaire. It will take you no more than 10 minutes and you can win three books and £30 vouchers!

Thank you for your consideration,

Laricea Ioana Roman
At 22:02 on June 21, 2010, Tamie said…
Hey hun

Thanks for the friend invite...nice page hows the design world going for you?....


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