Hi all! Shock Horror, I'm back on the blog.
I had a notably long 'break' from blogging, while which I was busy stressing and ripping my hair out during my last year of uni, trying to remain sane while creating a final collection which I could hopefully graduate with and be proud of.
Well now I can say that I successfully completed my degree, remained sane, and while I have the most awful habit of in hindsight never being completely satisfied with anything I have done, I made a collection that I was very much proud of. I also want to point out that as much as my need to nit pick work I have done, I very much like to view this a good thing. It simply means that I have this kind of personal expectation that each 'next thing' I do, which I might not be completely aware of at the time, will be a progression and improvement on my last creation and ultimately on my creative self so to say.
If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, there's links in the side bar if you don't and would like to (I'd very much like it if you did too) you would know that I started blogging with three of my uni colleague's on our university's Fashion and Textiles Blog 'Cass Fashion'. We were selected by the course leader and were given pretty much a free reign to create content on pretty much anything we wanted, obviously bearing in mind the purpose and function of the blog we didn't decide to write articles on horse riding and astronauts.
Anyway, I have decided to post the content that I created on the Cass Fashion blog here to as a way to get myself back into the flow of blogging! We will only be blogging there for a short period of time anyway so I would like to continue blogging here thereafter as I create my new works and collections! Enjoy!
Original post: http://www.cassfashion.co.uk/bam-youre-a-graduate/
Writing this post for the new Cass Fashion blog just one day after
graduation and whilst also just beginning to come to terms with the fact
that my time as a student at London Metropolitan University is
officially over is a slightly strange mix of feelings, somewhere between
incredible excitement, achievement and slight disbelief. The past three
years of my life spent at London Met have been undeniably rewarding.
Studying has provided me with some of the most incredible moments, and
unquestionably some of the most difficult. It has been three years of
some incredibly hard work and a few sleepless nights, and for sure with
this in mind graduation is a huge relief.
From my experience the most difficult aspect upon graduating as a
creative is being able to believe in your own work and creative
abilities; finally being able to accept the fact that your work is as
good as your competitors and co-workers. This is the time to come to
terms with the fact that you before anyone else has to believe in
yourself as much as you possibly can, there’s no room in the real world
for doubting yourself and your capabilities. I have a gut wrenchingly
annoying tendency to never be completely happy with pretty much
everything I do, but during my studies I have learnt to translate this
as a good way for me to push myself and carry on trying to make my work
better and better, even if it does at times cause me a lot of stress and
pressure. But overall I think as a graduate the most important thing
you have to learn is to be confident!
One of the biggest achievements so far is definitely my first exhibition
outside of a school show. Exhibiting recently alongside other Cass
Students at New Designers was incredible, while networking with other
students and people from industry was quite daunting, hearing people
talking about, complement and tell you their opinion about your work is
really exciting and has definitely helped me to be more confident in
showing my work to other people.
Since graduating I have also met a collection of three other recent
design graduates and after discussing the daunting feeling of going it
alone we have decided to create our own collective called The Feral
Line. I am incredibly excited to start working with a collection of such
amazing designers. And so alongside looking for a studio (it definitely
wasn’t until graduation that I really started to appreciate the awesome
printing facilities at the Cass!) and getting ready for exhibiting with
the Cass at the London Design Festival in September, we can spread the
pressure of both finding exhibitions and the financial pressure that
goes in hand. It’s also really great to be able to have some other
creative’s to keep you going, we can all work off each other, help each
other to keep going in the right direction and keeping this ball