February 18, 2019
Leila was one of four award winners that we chose to take part in a week of training with us at AVA. Leila explained what this award meant to her but more importantly, how helpful the support of a charity like i-dott is:
I was thrilled to have been awarded 1st place within the Artisan category of the competition in 2018, it has given me confidence for my second year of studying. I learned so much about the digital element of creating a design and how to shape work in order to make it commercial. Through the i-Dott competition I won a week’s training on AVA software, this was a fantastic experience and the AVA team made me feel so welcome in Macclesfield.
This competition has allowed me to network at the Gala Dinner and gave me my first opportunity to make connections with industry, specifically Westcott & Heney, where I did some work experience during summer and Fine Décor who sponsored my category.
I would definitely recommend students entering this competition as it enables you to create industry links which are sometimes challenging to find through universities. I will definitely take part in the i-Dott competition next year as the briefs are exciting and the opportunities that come from it are extremely valuable.
Leila went on to explain more about her experience here at AVA:
AVA was a fantastic experience awarded to me through the i-Dott competition. The training course ran by Sara was really easy to follow with the help and support of her teaching. Each student on the course received a booklet with all the information regarding the weeks training to take with us so we could all follow the step by step lesson. The AVA training has taught me so much, the main areas were: understanding and navigating the software, using different tools and filters, cleaning files, creating a repeat pattern, setting repeats at the correct sizes, colour ways and colour separation.
The software is fantastic and the support alongside the software makes it easy to use. AVA Assist is really helpful and I have used this regularly; it’s full of videos and step by step notes which helps when struggling with elements of a design.
The training is really useful and all my questions were answered. We even went more in depth into the software most days of the training as the group was eager to learn. After the training I have continued to use AVA as I was provided a copy as part of my award. I now use it at University instead of Photoshop as it is more efficient when creating colourways and separations in particular. During my last assessment at university I created my final design using AVA and will now continue to use the software.