Theresa sews up new career

Theresa Dean graduated with an HND in Textiles
Theresa Dean graduated with an HND in Textiles

When Ellon woman Theresa Dean qualified as an engineer in 1984, she never imagined she would be graduating from with an HND in Textiles 35 years later.

But when the former contractor decided it was time for a career change three years ago, the fashion and textiles qualification at North East Scotland College seemed like an obvious choice.

Before moving to the North East 22 years ago, she had grown up in Bradford – where her mother and grandmother both worked in the textiles mills, so she has had an interest in the subject for as long as she can remember.

Her daughter Natalie also inherited this interest and completed the HND Textiles at NESCol ten years ago.

Theresa said: “I’ve always been interested in the subject and my daughter loved the course when she did it, so I just decided to apply.”

After starting on the NC Fashion Textiles course in 2016, Theresa has never looked back.

“One of the highlights for me was doing a fashion show at the Maritime Museum in Aberdeen.”

Alongside sewing and modelling, Theresa was able to grow another of her passions while at NESCol – sewing machines.

She said: “I collect sewing machines. I’m now working as a retail adviser for Aberdeen Sewing Machines Ltd – getting to demonstrate and sell machines.

“I knew of the company because they had serviced the sewing machines at college so when the job came up I applied and got it. I love it!”