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Michelle Stephens

Michelle StephensMichelle Stephens, 23, from Moira, is one of 21 graduating Textile Artists from the University of Ulster Belfast taking part in the annual student degree show running for two weeks in the School of Art and Design, UU Belfast, Textile Art Studio. She has just completed a placement year in an American College on the Business Education Initiative, and is due to Graduate from her B.A. (Hons) in Fine and Applied Arts degree in June 2010.

What do you like doing on your day off?
I like to relax on a day off as the past year I have been working 7days a week between my degree and part time job.

If you were to choose your favourite meal what would it be, where and why?
I love seafood. so shrimp or crab with potatoes and not forgetting sweetcorn.

What has been your proudest moment?
The hand in of my final degree show work on the 19th of May 2010. I have worked so hard all year and to actually see everything up and finished was a great feeling.

What was the most frightening moment of your life?
Well I hate flying full stop so my year away alone in America in 08/09 was the most frightening moment I've had so far. Flying alone for nearly eight hours combined with the added pressure of going to a new country and school for the year was a very daunting task to say the least.

What would you do if you won a million pounds?
I would by a house in America and one here in Ireland. That way I could freely move between the two countries for my career as an artist.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
I've had quite a few but the worst was a parade in Downpatrick. I was working for Friendly Faces dressed up as Dora the Explorer, sitting on top of a car with my legs dangling into the sunroof - the driver braked and I fell in through the sunroof and my Dora the Explorer head got stuck in the sunroof. I was left with my head poking out of a costume with thousands of people laughing.

What music do you like?
Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Leona Lewis and Michael Jackson.

Describe your best ever holiday. What would your dream holiday be?
Best holiday was in Chicago. It was in the middle of winter and the rivers in the city were frozen. Bitterly cold and windy so it lived up to its name of the Windy City.

What is your greatest remaining ambition?
To become a successful artist Internationally.

If you could spend a day with a celebrity whom would you choose?
Lady Gaga as very few people know her personally. She's kept her private life away from the glitz and glamour.

If you were stranded on a desert island what three things would you want with you?
A ball of yarn so I could weave away to my hearts content, water for my breaks and sunglasses.

Favourite things

  • Car: Honda Civic

  • Film: White Chicks

  • Comedian: Peter Kay

  • CD: Mica Keys New Album

  • Book: Thinking Through Craft

  • Actor: Martin Lawrence

  • Actress: Meryl Streep

  • Drink: Lucozade Orange

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