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Life is about to get a lot more relaxing, or that’s the plan. I have finished my second year at Somerset College; work has been submitted, essays written and the studio doors are locked.
This year has been a challenge as we have been in temporary “studios” whilst a major building project has been taking place in the Arts House. But I have worked on some great projects including:
- Indigo dyeing and print design
- Millennium Centre, Cardiff – surface design
- Repeat print project based on Possession by A S Byatt
- Wayfinding for Beacon Centre, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton. I will post progress and images for this project once production is underway.
Apart from returning in a couple of weeks to collect my work and visiting the Graduate Show I have a long and hopefully sunny summer ahead of me.
Obviously, not content to sit down for more than 5 minutes, I have enrolled on a weaving course and will also complete two weeks work experience at Fox Brothers, learning about cloth construction and undertaking tasks in their 250 year old archives. I am hoping that they might be weaving my winning design during this time so I can see it in production and maybe even place it in the archives myself.
Oh, and I also have the Beacon Centre project to complete which may happen over the summer if the money men tick all the right boxes.
School’s Out #2
Over the last 5 weeks I have also been taking part in Module 3 of the Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design course. It has been focused on the business end of designing and working for yourself, so all useful stuff.
This course has been incredibly helpful for me and I have made some really great connections with people on the class forums. However it wasn’t without it’s angst when I realised that none of the designs that I submitted in the two previous modules had reached the HO as I had somehow omitted the dot in their email address. So I missed out on being featured in the Look Book, the classroom showcases etc AAARRRGGGH!
A lesson has been painfully learned. However, I did realise this error in time to submit my profile them for Tigerprint so all may not be lost!
But the saving grace is that as I signed up for all four modules I will be in the Sept 2015 class of the Ultimate Portfolio Builder which promises to be very exciting with live briefs to work on too.
In the meantime I will be out and about exploring with my new USB microscope looking for inspiration for my final year.