The first year Amfi students made it through their first semester! We sat down for a little talk with Lea Wilbrand and asked her to give us a glimpse behind her scenes. She looks back at the previous months, the changes she made, the struggles she faced and what she learned the most.
Student: Lea Wilbrand Department: International Fashion & Management Interview: Celia Marie Freiling
Now that the 1st semester at AMFI is behind you, how would you compare your initial expectations to how it actually was?
“During the Open Day I talked to students about what AMFI would be like, so I already expected that it would be a lot of work. This turned out to be true. And I was curious how ‘the fashion student’ would be like. Turns out everyone is very helpful and it is so inspiring to walk down the corridor, because everyone is so individual in his or her appearance. AMFI feels like a little family now, as you always meet someone in the building you can have a chat with.”
In our previous talk you said that you struggled with doing research. Does this still bother you or did you overcome it?
“When we talked the last time I did the project Style Research where I really struggled with the research because I really wanted to rush forward and make the actual Style Concept. The Prototype project was basically three weeks of doing constant research on techniques, designs and finishes. Then I definitely improved it because I realised: if you do good research the outcome of your work will be so much better.”
What is the thing you are most proud of so far?
“I’m most proud of the first project, Inspiration Book. It was fun to look in the offline world for all kinds of inspiration. I learned so much about what is going on in fields of art, photography, fashion, technology and architecture. Reading books and magazines, going to museums and taking my own photos helped me to create a coherent and inspiring story in the end.”
Did your working method change throughout the semester? In which way?
“I learned to organize myself. During the first project I felt time pressure before the deadline and had to pull an all-nighter. Along the way my time management got better because I constantly kept on working every day. I also learned that it is very important to ask for feedback during the workshops from the teachers and other students. When you are stuck they will give you another perspective to look at your work.”
What has helped you throughout the semester? Any tips for future students?
“Be focused on what you need to do. It is easy to stress out because of rumours what is expected, but read the manual carefully and you will be fine. Don’t be shy to ask the teachers for their opinion. They are all really open and helpful. So my big tips: Be open, be focused and don’t forget to have fun!”
You can read the first interview with Lea here: