Life after university, or perhaps it would be more correct to say regaining my life after university, I am extremely pleased and grateful to have spent my degree at Bucks uni, however as any hard-working degree student will tell you – you need a bit of me-time after finishing and giving it your degree your all.
Since finishing university last September; I have spent my first year as a graduate developing my style and taking the opportunity to explore various mediums, techniques and methods of creation. Alongside the various placements, commissions and freelancing; I felt it was important for myself to develop as an artist/designer outside of the influence of education, to help question what truly inspired my designs and push myself try new things.
Without a clear and defined goal, I have questioned many times what the point of creating art for art’s sake was. However for me personally, in order to move forward I needed to strip away the purpose of not having a pre-set outcome; this enabled me to have the luxury of choosing what kind of artwork to create next, as a pure whimiscal notion.
After this period it has become clear that I am still very much process-led, and enjoy exploring new and unfamiliar methods, I have found during this time that I have definitely retained my love for metallics and gilding; there is something beautiful about the process of gilding that I’m not quite sure I’ll ever get over. (lets just call it a love for all that shines) This love for metals has led me to continue exploring corrosive and forceful processes, I am endlessly intrigued about the metamorphic change to shape, colour and texture as a result of a natural process (eg. verdigris).
To help direct this open-ended exploration I started off by creating mini moodboards of themes and techniques that I found interested and wanted to work with. These were labour-intensive to make and I ended up with 43 pages, however they were such a valuable resource to have, enabling me to pick a board and try out a new style.
I have included a selection of these boards below to reference this;
After exploring this, needless to say this will never be finished because as the famous quote goes ‘inspiration is everywhere,’ I was starting to recognise a pronounced colour scheme appearing. To avoid this becoming an Indigo blue and Emerald green only, portfolio of work, I set out to create a small collection of refined colour boards. Turning to magazines, pinterest and own imagery to source references. At first I worked entirely by choosing images I liked for their colours, then I gathered all my imagery and began organising it into related colour groups. Once I had narrowed down my image selection I had the rather fun job of picking a colour and painting a small square – a great lesson in colour matching.
Again I have included a selection of these boards below to help me illustrate how useful these boards really are;
Going forwards, with the threat of another year post uni and all the pressure that entails, I am going to start marketing myself and my work better – lets call that a new years resolution. With some really exciting opportunities have dropped into my email inbox, I realise that self-promotion is everything. To put it simply if I don’t show off the beautiful new portfolio pieces that I have created then how can I expect people to know what I can do. So heres to the potential opportunities that will hopefully come my way. I am open to potential freelance, commissions and licensing openings, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch