George was born in Uganda and moved to Bristol in the UK as he was starting secondary school. He was originally planning to study Engineering at university, but chose a creative degree because he felt it would better support his career aspirations and future plans. The supportive environment he discovered at UAL has been a highlight of his degree and he’s thrown himself into every opportunity that has come his way.
“I’ve always been interested in art and design, but it wasn’t until I was doing my A Levels that I began to think about how I could turn it into a career. I studied Maths, Physics, Product Design and Business Studies, but ended up shifting to a more creative focus. The subjects I chose were still really useful – I learnt a lot from them that I could transfer to my degree in Product and Furniture Design at UAL.
I love exploring the different workshops and materials available at Chelsea. The unit I’m currently working on has taught me so much about the fabrication and design process. My most recent project has involved creating a surrealist object: a four-person pencil with a different handle for each user. It’s allowed me to explore new processes and new mediums, and I’ve had the opportunity to work with metal for the first time.
Life as a student in London is fast-paced and endlessly interesting. There’s always something going on, whether it’s the opening event for a new exhibition or just discovering a favourite spot for drinks with your mates. If you’re not from the city, London is going to be different, and there’s no getting away from that. But it’s also fun, eclectic, and an amazing experience. I now prefer London to Bristol, and that’s saying something!
During my time here at UAL, I’ve developed so many skills and built a deeper knowledge of art and design as a whole. This has shifted my practice, and I’ve experimented in all kinds of new areas, from utilitarian to conceptual and surrealist. What I’ve learnt is going to be invaluable for developing my future career – and the studio which I ultimately want to run.”
BA (Hons) Product and Furniture Design, Chelsea College of Arts
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