Christine Gent is new Director for Asia, based in Thailand.
19 Aug 2014
History of Art & Design MA graduate Christine Gent has been appointed Director for Asia, for the World Fair Trade Organisation, based in Chiang Mail North Thailand.
Christine who completed her studies in 2011, already had an established career as a World Fair Trade designer when she arrived at Brighton, but wanted to develop her research skills, writing and presentation. Her MA dissertation was on the theme of 'The Toys of Channapatna - Indian turned wooden lac ware and the role of Fair Trade in the design and commercialisation of the craft'. Undertaking primary field research in Channapatnam, a town in Karnakata, southern India, she conducted the first ever oral testimony interviews with the craftspeople who make the toys.
Christine said: “Doing the MA was crucial for me, I would not be doing this job without it. I jump ahead in my thoughts and learning to write the explanation to thought processes in a logical, researched (and referenced) way which has been so helpful in so many ways.
“The group of students I studied with still keep in touch today. I loved everything about the MA and the thinking behind it.”
As well as her new job, Christine last year presented her research on the wooden toys at the Making Futures conference.
Before leaving Brighton, Christine generously donated a collection of late 19th - early 20th dress from her family to our university Dress History Teaching Collection. Professor Lou Taylor said: “We are happy to have a lasting, useful and permanent memory of Christine’s two years of study with us.”