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Fulfilling the creative potential of young people on the Isle of Wight

Rosie Wolfenden – Jewellery Designer/ Co Founder and Managing Director

Employer: Tatty Devine
Primary School: St Wilfrids
Secondary School: Upper Chine
Where do you live and work now? Bonchurch IOW

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Was there an experience you had at school that made you want to go into the area of work you are in now?

Yes, I absolutely loved my Art teacher and being in the Art room!

What are the main roles and responsibilities of your job?

I manage 25 people, run the business, head up the PR and Marketing and work closely on the creative side too.

Could you briefly share a bit about your career journey? (What did you study? How did you end up where you are today?)

I did an Art Foundation at Kingston University after my A levels, then went to Chelsea School of Art to study Fine Art Painting. I worked throughout as a waitress and also in a Vintage shop. I started Tatty Devine with my friends after we graduated. It was fun, but also meant we could pay the rent while we worked out what we wanted to do.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Not having a boss (!), having creative freedom, making products that people love and that make people happy. Not having my self expression stifled.

What is the hardest thing about your job?

Being in charge and being ultimately responsible for a lot of people and their well being. Not having the option to quit or change jobs.

What skills or attributes do you believe have been crucial to your success in your career?

Creativity, positivity, drive, enthusiasm/passion, not giving up and confidence.

If you could give advice to someone aspiring to have a job like you, what would it be?

Ask yourself what you really love doing and follow that feeling. If you love what you do, you will be very good at it. It’s much easier doing something you love than something you don’t care for.

What do you think was a benefit about growing up on the Isle of Wight?

The Isle of Wight is nurturing and inspiring. The options are limited but that means they are also less overwhelming. 

What was the most difficult thing about growing up on the Isle of Wight?

Not having immediate access to all the culture Britain has on offer (and the cost of travel to get that access).

What do you want to do next?

Get back to painting for myself!

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