From French Fries to Fashion, Art Student Begins Achieving Ambitions

18 June 2015

Anabel Pepecucu Saelo, 27, is celebrating a place to study a degree at the London College of Fashion after progressing from working in McDonald’s to getting her art work reviewed in the media this year.

Anabel grew up in Equatorial Guinea and moved to Spain as a teenager. In 2013 she came to the UK after developing a love for art volunteering at her local church and exploring the concepts of identity. Looking for a College to study with the ambition of developing her skills she enrolled at City and Islington on the Textiles with Fashion Pathway - Foundation Diploma Art and Design course at the Centre for Business, Arts and Technology.

She said: “Taking out a Government funded 24+ loan made my return to education possible. Without that financial support and my faith in God there was no way I would have been able to do it.”

When Anabel started the course she felt that she did not have as much knowledge as others in her class. Her tutor played a key role in reassuring her and building her confidence.

She said: “My tutor, Isatu Taylor, was so supportive and kind to me. I knew I was behind in my knowledge but she gave me direction, motivation and encouraged me that if I worked hard I would be fine.”

In May Anabel had a piece of her guerrilla artwork reviewed in the Camden Review.

“I was so proud to have that kind of interest in my work. I feel I have improved so much and the environment at the College has been perfect for me to grow as an artist and a person.”

Anabel’s ambition for the future is to own her own fashion and textiles label. She also recently was graded with an overall distinction for her course.

You can follow this link to find out more about the course that Anabel has studied at the Centre for Business, Arts and Technology Textiles with Fashion Pathway - Foundation Diploma Art and Design .

If Anabel finishes her degree she will not have to pay a penny back of her Government funded 24+ loan.

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