Meet our staff: Centre for Business, Arts and Technology
Janie Murphy and Sharon Carlin - Lecturers in Visual Art and Fashion with Textiles
Janie and Sharon both deliver the FdA in Fashion with Textiles at the Centre, which prepares students for their final year at university or helps them progress directly to employment.
Janie grew up with a love for antiques and 50’s retro clothing. After going to Art School she worked in the fashion and textiles industry and sold her work in New York, Paris and London. She studied for an MA in Textile Design at St Martin’s College and has been teaching at City and Islington College since 2000.
For Sharon, growing up, fashion was a passionate hobby. She worked as a dental nurse in the NHS and then went on to study at the London College of Fashion where she sold her first collection. She worked in the fashion industry for many years as a Pattern Cutter for Designer and High Street brands and she was also a buyer for a leading designer company.
After then having her first child she began attending evening classes at City and Islington College where she was encouraged to go in to teaching. She began teaching in Pattern Cutting and Garment Construction.
Speaking about the foundation degree at the College, they said: “Compared to universities, we work with our students in small groups and workshops, which provides with them with a lot of one to one support. We help them to fuel their passions and ambitions for their subject and some of our past students have gone on to start their own labels and work for Alexander McQueen.
Each student on the course has the opportunity to go on work placements as part of the course, which provides them with the hands-on practical experience for working in industry.”
James Ryan - Technician at the Centre for Business, Arts and Technology
James grew up in Northern Ireland and has always been passionate about the technical combination of art and science in photography.
James has an MA (by Project) in Photography from London Metropolitan University, has experience working as a photographer for a number of charity organisations and has worked on a number of freelance projects including The National Geographic.
James has exhibited his work in galleries in Ireland and England.
He said: “I am fascinated by theory in a fine art context. My job is to help our students understand the mechanics of taking photographs, to help them find what they are good at and then focus on specialising in that area of photography.”