Friday, 3 May 2013

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Hopes, Fears and Opportunities Pt. 2

At the start of the third year I wrote about my hopes, fears and opportunities. As its coming to the end of the my degree I’m going to see what I have and haven’t done or achieved with my work and other feelings.
The first thing I mentioned was that I hope to be proud and to be happy with what I am, and what I am going too, produce in my final year, putting the hours in so that I can say, ‘yes, that’s my work.’ I feel like towards the end and more recently I am starting to be happier with what I do and I know when I leave that I will be satisfied.
I said that I hope to be more confident in the ability to talk about and present my work to others, so I am able to feel a strong sense of achievement. I feel like with practice you do get better and I have had quite a bit, the portfolio visits made me feel better about it because all of the feedback was positive.
Another hope was to keep myself motivated and interested in the subjects I choose or get given for all the briefs. Keeping interested is sometimes hard if you get negative feedback or hit a wall in your process but I think from January onward this hasn’t been a problem for me as all of the work I have produced has come from my own ideas and I let my project have a vague start so I could decide which road to take.
I had hoped that by the end of the degree, that I can approach any given task knowing how to get through it by myself, to produce work that will be accepted. I think that this applies if I were to work for someone else or a company and I do feel that I am qualified in a lot of creative and technical areas but there are still other skills I can gain but am happy to teach myself.
I hoped to have a portfolio that is consistent so a client would know if am able to produce what they are looking for in a job. This is one of the hopes I am still not 100% satisfied with although I am happy with the work in my portfolio I still need to decide on the way I lay it out which is appealing to me but professional enough to be acceptable if I am wanting to apply for certain creative jobs.
I had hoped to know what my favourite method of working is, as I wasn’t sure in the first semester. I think I now know my strengths and what I enjoy, which are both equally as important. I am confident with pattern making, screen printing and any kind of jobs that involving technical ability including thinks from Photoshop skills to hand printing.
Lastly I had hoped to make sure that I make the most of the facilities that the college offers such as the print room. I am defiantly happy with what I have achieved and the time I spent in the print room.

My biggest fear was Failure. This being failing the course, that I can’t really comment on just yet as I don’t know my results! Another fear was to feel overwhelmed with the workload and having multiple things to do and not being able to choose which one to do first or which is more important. This is still a problem for me as sitting here typing now is a lot less appealing to me than producing more designs or making interesting work. I do feel that I manage my time well enough to get things done, which is linked to another fear, which was ‘not having enough time or having bad time management’.
I feared that I would not be happy with the way things turn out in the end, at the moment I am happy within myself with what I have done but by the end I mean the result of my degree, and if I don’t get the grade I am looking for, I will think of it as been a waste of time, this is an ongoing fear until I get a piece of paper with a final mark.
Another fear was that I have always lost confidence in my own work when I start to compare it to others. Not just what their work looks like but the ways that they approach it and make it look effortless. I strongly feel that I have got over comparing myself to others because everyone is now doing what he or she wants to do and what he or she is good at. I am proud enough of my work now to not care. I am also not concerned about comparing myself to others in the way they approach work because I know that I have put my all in and haven’t sat back while everyone else is doing work. I know I have put the hours in and I would get top marks if it was for effort and technical skill put into work, not just talent or the taste of the markers. This relates to another fear I mentioned which said that I wouldn’t fear getting a bad grade if I know I didn’t put the time and effort needed in, but if I know I put my all in and it didn’t show the in the final mark. Hopefully my work does show the energy I put into it.

Opportunities I stated were;
  • Showing work, that I am proud of, to people in the industry.
  •  Chances to collaborate with piers or others on live briefs
  • Being able to have a space to put up my work or to have a stall to sell work.
  •  To be able to work along side people who are interested in the same things I am.
  • I would like to have the opportunity to show clients how I would apply my work to different media that I am interested in.
All of the opportunities are still ongoing and I still would like to be able to achieve this if that is still want I want after my degree is over.

Thursday, 25 April 2013


Thingsorganizedneatly is a tumblr blog made by Austin Radcliffe. It includes photographs of all types of objects that have either been neatly arranged by the creator of the image, or sometimes just by nature. I find the images aesthetically pleasing and have, in the past, spent hours on end scrolling thought the images on the site. A popular submission image is everything on one person’s desk or everything in a persons bag neatly organized on a surface, I think they make for really interesting images because I think it can be personal and I feel like you can figure out aspects of there personally by there possessions. Other images can simply be just a few inanimate objects in a row, which I find equally as pleasing. I feel like there is a wide range of images on the blog that can be of interest to all kinds of creative people as there is also images of machines or mechanical objects that have been taken apart so you can see every element that is it made from; too images that have been taken in nature that naturally look neat or organized in some way. Some are from permanent installations or exhibitions around the world which have some kind of organized aspect to them, so like I said, I feel like there is something for everyone on this blog and I couldn’t recommend it enough to people who are a bit or an organizing/neat freak like myself to someone just interesting in art from around the world!

These are just a few of the recent images that caught my eye but I do highly recommend it!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Selina Campbell - Portfolio Visit 3.

I had a good long chat with Selina Campbell, she was really helpful and had some great tips and advice. She said she could see my food-based work on home ware such as cushions or tea towels. Other work in my portfolio that includes insects, abstract and some kitchen based pattern she said would work on ceramics and also some of the food patterns too. She liked to offset quality that I use in most of my work, which was nice to hear because it is a look that I enjoy making. She liked my business cards, especially the pan design one in grey, I should have left one with her but I was too engrossed in conversation! She said it is good to think about if you want to work for a company or be self-employed. She suggested some of her fellow classmates who have become successful in a surface design that I am looking forward to googling. She said that I should make the most of having the facilities that are in the college and knowledge of tutors is very useful and to make sure you ask them everything you want before you leave to gain as much as you can. She said it is good to just ask designers if you want to know about something they do with there work or to see if they have any work experience or even if you just wanted to sit with them for a day or two to watch and take in any skills that you could from them because most of the time they are always willing because they have probably been in the same situation as you in the past. It was really nice talking to someone that had come straight from a degree to being self-employed and to see how things were going.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Lily Greenwood - Portfolio Visit 2.

I had a quick chat with Lily Greenwood in her studio, I did a quick skim through my portfolio and explained briefly what each piece was about and she straight away suggested spoonflower, which I have been looking into a lot recently so was glad she could see the potential in my work being applied to fabric. She seemed to like everything that I included in my portfolio but focused her interest in my visual recipe books. She said that the layout of the work looked professional and was presented well which was nice to hear. She was busy so I didn’t want to ask too much but overall it was positive.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Harriet Gooden - Portfolio Visit 1.

I had a lovely chat with Harriet Gooden who is the owner of Sausage Dog. I presented my portfolio to her and she was really positive and helpful! She said she liked the hand done type on my visual recipe books and the multi item patterns in the front and back of them. She liked the simpleness and cleanness of the books. Straight away she said my pattern designs would work on fabric, which is something I have always been looking to do with my digital prints. She said they could work for a whole range of textile things such as bigger things like clothes or small things like purses. She was enthusiastic about it and said if I did order some fabric to come and show her which was really nice, but I would love to chat with her again! My business cards reminded her of the quirky Japanese style. One of my cards is a shrimp/prawn pattern and suggested using fabric to make an actual shrimp because I mentioned I want to become more of a maker. I said that I have wanted to start making more because I think its something I enjoy a lot more and would become more passionate about, she suggested to just go for it and not to worry about the outcome because it may take a while to find what you really love to do, but if you love it enough you will find it. Overall she said that my work, as a whole in my portfolio, gels together really nicely. I enjoyed chatting with Harriet and look forward to visiting her again! 

I bought one of her cards with this amazing painting on.

cutest whale - Lilly's Whale.

speak for themselves - poo pins!