In The Spotlight: Designer Nicolas Marcs
The countdown is on until the NFW17 Brasteds and Norwich Cosmetic Clinic Designers Show, and we know you’re hungry for all the backstage goss!
Here at NFWHQ we hate to disappoint, so get ready for our latest In The Spotlight series, where we will be profiling the very best of the home-grown creative talent you’ll be seeing come down the runway on March 14th, with sneak peeks, interviews and more…!
So, without further ado, get ready to meet the designers…
First up is Nicolas Marcs, who graduated with his BA in Fashion at Norwich University of the Arts in 2014 and is now a practising designer based in Norwich. No stranger to NFW, Nic showed his work at an event at House of Fraser back at NFW 2012.
Nic’s BA Graduate collection won the Creative Cut award at his graduate Fashion show, which took place at Open, the home of Norwich Fashion Week- Nic will feel right at home at NFW17!
We’re not going to give it all away- but we asked Nic about his collection and we’ve been told to expect a journey of Gods and monsters, informed by Dantes The Divine Comedy. The collection will explore fabrication, rich tones, religion and architecture to inform shape and silhouette.
We caught up with Nic to ask him a few probing questions – it’s not called ‘in the spotlight’ for nothing, folks!
KC: So, Nic- what’s your story?
NM: When I left school I studied animal care and vet nursing. After losing my beloved Alsatian, I decided to leave this career path. I just worked within retail where I found I had a real interest in Merchandising. I… never really studied art during my GCSEs… I wasn’t encouraged… I just had this over whelming feeling that I needed to do something fashion based. So I picked up the Aldrich Pattern Cutting book, where I self taught myself the process of measuring up and creating pattern blocks.
I then took an evening class, that taught pattern manipulation, which confirmed to me that it was what I wanted to do. I then took an Art foundation Degree. For the first time I was having to really push myself, not just my abilities and boundaries of learning but also keeping motivated; the hunger and the desire to create. I then got a place at all my University choices but didn’t like any until my interview at Norwich University of the Arts. The moment I shook hands with the Course Tutor, Sue Chowles, I instantly knew I had to go to NUA.
I like learning, discovering new skills, reading, exploring, making – I really love being creative and when I get to be it really does fulfill my inner self… as a kid I always made clothes for my action men and teddies. I loved painting too and I think that now feeds through to the fact I love print making and textile making within my work.
KC: Can you talk us through your design process?
NM: My process is always inspiration, experimentation, drape, experimentation, development, experimentation and make.
I might design a sleeve but then question its use as a sleeve; it might actually inform the design process of a trouser. Experimentation is key to my work. The more I do, the more informed my work becomes.
KC: Where do you find your initial inspiration?
NM: Inspiration comes from anything – as experimenting goes – the more I read, explore, visit museums, have conversations with a range of people – the more places I find inspiration. I tend to gel a few different point of view together to form my vision.
KC: And how does this transform to the finished piece?
NM: With a lot of arguments with myself over what it was I was doing, determination and serious hard work!
KC: What do you think of the creative scene in Norwich?
NM: Norwich… is such a hub for so many Creatives. From communicating with different people and making friends through my work, I know sculptors, photographers, models, painters, textile designers, jewellery- makers, glass-blowers, stylists, hair designers; the creative conversations that a creative like myself can have on a daily basis really makes my practice so much more enjoyable.
I love how warm and welcoming the creatives in this city are.
KC: What advice would you give to aspiring designers in Norwich?
NM: Be prepared for hard work, you need determination and a strong work ethic! Practice as much as you can each week, if not daily!
KC: What have been the most significant moments for you in your design career so far?
NM: Learning at NUA, Showing my first year work as part of NFW – I think that was 2012. My first year fashion show at NUA. Showing my graduate collection in Norwich – winning the creative cut award – showing my collection at GFW. Still having the hunger and determination to try setting up my own creative studio.
KC: What are your aspirations from here?
NM: To be showing collections in London, to have a good steady amount of work to enable me to have every day as a creative day. I would love to be able to fully explore all my ideas everyday.
KC: What’s your favourite thing about being a designer? What’s the hardest thing?
NM: The best is easily being creative and to have creative problems to solve. Doing something that I really enjoy.
The hardest is the amount of hard work, the hours, the sleepless nights, the stress – but at the end its worth it when there’s a creative outcome.
KC: Why did you decide to show a collection at NFW this year?
NM: I really enjoy living in Norwich and really want to have here as my creative hub – I don’t want to go to London as the scale of life there just isn’t for me. Norwich has a lot of what I need and through networking I have built up a good working network. London is only 2 hours on the train so its not to hard to live and work in Norwich and approach London when needed.
KC: describe yourself in 3 words:
NM: Determined, Hardworking, Insightful
KC: Describe your collection in 3 words:
NM: ‘Just the start’.
And from where we’re standing, we can’t argue with that!
If you want to see Nic’s brand new collection on the catwalk, get your tickets here for the The Designers Show, sponsored by Brasteds and Norwich Cosmetic Clinic.