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Pere Bruach

MA Textiles, 2013–2015

I first moved to London from Barcelona where I was doing graphic design; I came because of my interest in studying textiles, which doesn’t exist as a degree programme in Spain. I’d known the RCA for many years, and had friends and colleagues who had graduated from here. I used to come to all the final shows and the work-in-progress exhibitions. Since I’d moved to London, and it had always been my college of reference; it was simply the place to be.

In particular, I’d heard about the Textiles programme; I really wanted to challenge my own way of designing and the RCA offered a great platform and environment for that. The most exciting part of studying here is that it’s such a unique environment to meet and collaborate with other students. The facilities and the staff are great, and you really get the sense of being welcome and part of a big family.

All the collaborative projects have been exciting and challenging. Two that stand out are a collaboration I did with Vehicle Design students, and another with Fashion Menswear students.

The collaborative projects we’ve done have been exciting and challenging. We did a Land Rover project with Vehicle Design students, which was purely material research. We had to learn a lot about vehicle design in a short period of time, and we came up with some very experimental textiles and surfaces, from leather-coated latex to fibre glass heat reactive tiles. Another collaboration I did with Fashion Menswear students involved the prints from my final collection being applied directly onto the garment pieces. It was fantastic collaboration between me and Niels Gundtoft.

My time at the RCA has helped me to grow creatively and as a person. I could mention many tutors who were very helpful, but it was mainly communication with other students around College that really helped me to shape my work. It’s been amazing to see textiles in a much wider context; as it was so easy to interact with other departments, you soon learn how broad a field textiles is.

Straight after graduating, I took some time off and went travelling; the last few months were extremely intense work, so that was important. Since then, I’m back in London freelancing as a print and textiles designer. I’ve recently started to develop my own brand with another designer from the RCA, Caroline Cox. We both wanted to start a product-accessories brand while studying together, but it wasn’t until after graduating that we began discussing it. I’m hoping to continue to develop my own designs while also commissioning for other designers, which is something I always wanted to do.

If I have one piece of advice for future students, it’s to do as much as you can, try everything you can possibly try and connect with as many other students as you can. You will always miss that environment, no matter how hard you tried.

"Since I’d moved to London, and it had always been my college of reference; it was simply the place to be."
Pere Bruach
Pere Bruach