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Sally Bolton

Fine Art 2008

Junior Fashion Editor at The Sunday Times

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
I am 28 and originally from Rochdale, before studying at Leeds I did my Art Foundation at Central St Martins college of Art and Design and then I worked as a manager and visual merchandiser at Miss Selfridge in Leeds.

What made you choose to study your course? And why did you choose Leeds?
I chose the Fine Art course at Leeds because of the combination between the practical and academic. As much as I love creative practice, my work was greatly research based. The school of fine art offered a range of brilliant course options in art history and theory. I also chose it because of how well established the course is, there are so many art degrees around that don’t have anywhere near the same reputation and history.

What are you fondest memories of your time at Leeds?
Spending lots of time in the studios in my final year and seeing all the work everyone produced, also having that time of creative freedom is something that you only really get when studying.

Where do you currently work and what is your job title?
I work at The Sunday Times Style magazine as Junior Fashion Editor, I’m also studying my Ph.D part time at Central St Martins.

Can you tell us about your day-to-day role?
I assist the fashion director, Lucy Ewing. My day to day role varies, but we create all the main fashion shoots in the magazine. I am extremely lucky to work with Lucy who is very generous, I get involved in everything from research for ideas for the shoots, helping commission photographers, finding locations, calling in all the wonderful fashion for the shoots and researching new designers.We  shoot abroad too so I work on the production for the trips,  and my favourite part editing the pictures with Lucy and the photographers.  I also make and edit films of the shoots for Style.

How do you think your degree has helped you in your career?
In particular, what skills did you learn and how do you use these in your job?
Most obviously the skills I learnt in film editing, InDesign and photoshop are directly transferable to what I do day to day. Developing an eye for image and an understanding of creative practice and collaboration, which the tutors really developed with us, is integral to my work.

How would you sum up your time at Leeds?
Hard work and very rewarding.

What are your plans for the future?
It sounds like a cliche, but if I am learning i’m happy! I feel extremely privileged to be able to make a living in a creative field and to work with and learn from such talented people, so I hope that continues. I’d like to get my Ph.d finished one day too!

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