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I'm a Fine Art graduate, having studied Politics in Leeds for a year before traveling to Falmouth to study for the last 3 years. I'm hard working and am always seeking new ways to develop my practice as an artist and believe this creative tenacity imparts on my attitude to work and life. I'm open minded and excited by new challenges, a positive person by nature, happy to collaborate with others in a team environment and work alone on projects. Having studied Fine Art for the last three years, I’ve gained invaluable self motivation, problem solving and decision making skills. The design of the curriculum centres around the student, leaving them to choose the direction of their degree. For me, this encouraged a constant stream of development, questioning how my work can shift, alter people’s perceptions of the norm and generate original pieces that challenge both myself and the viewer. Throughout my University years, I’ve always worked to support myself, wether that be my job in a student bar, or the Summer I spent working in a Gallery. Studying Fine Art is expensive, and in order to execute the ideas to the best of my ability, the finances must be there to support the intent. I applied for funding from the University to support my work, as well as working part time alongside. I believe I’m a person that enjoys seeking new solutions to problems we encounter each day and always try to approach my working life with the same shift in perspective and passion for exploration. I’m not afraid of the unknown; studying Fine Art has taught me that self belief is one of the strongest tools for learning. Being such a broad course means exploration and rejuvenation is key and whilst at University have taught myself to use Photoshop, Premier Pro and InDesign. I’ve sought those staff members outside of my own course to teach me how to dye fabrics and print wallpaper and know that if I don’t know the solution, I’ll be able to find someone that does, equipping me with that knowledge for the future.
I've worked as a Barmaid for the last two years whilst I've been studying in Falmouth.
I was responsible for the appearance of the store, organisation of the stock, knowledge and selling of the products as well as cashing and locking up each day. There were two galleries, a sale and full price store along the high street, with one member of staff in each. I would work in both, each location requiring a different approach to selling, customer service and stock display.
Whilst in my first year studying at Falmouth, I contacted a writer who had advertised for an illustrator on a University affiliated jobs website I found online. Throughout the year we met several times to discuss the children's book she'd written and the illustrations she sought. This was an interesting learning experience for me which taught me to tailer my creativity to that of my client, being ready to come up with different ideas for the images, whilst meeting the style and direction, she'd envisaged.
I worked at The White Company whilst I studied for my A Levels. Here I learnt how to embrace brand ethos, style and goals, present myself according to these specificities and tailor each sale to each individual customer. Being a luxury high street brand this mix of the personal with the values of the brand was essential. I developed a confident understanding of sales, customer satisfaction and product knowledge.
I've always had a passion for making and being creative. When studying Politics at Leeds I continued to paint and draw, and despite satisfying my need to creative expression in an English Literature module I enrolled in. I was left feeling wanting. I knew that a creative course would allow me to study something I truly loved and get the most out of a University education. In my 3 years in Falmouth I've learnt how to be self motivated and proactive regarding all aspects of my life. Fine Art has encouraged me to essentially design and execute my own curriculum, challenge my ideas and constantly thinking for ways in which, I, and the work I produce to develop and grow.
I studied Politics for one year at the University of Leeds, whilst there I also took an electorate in English Literature. Despite enjoying the city atmosphere as a whole, politics wasn't the right course for me, and made the decision to re-apply to University and study Fine Art. I then moved to Falmouth, where I've studied Fine Art for the last 3 years. This change was `a mile stone for me. It taught me that I was capable of anything I set my mind to and the seemingly impossible can be reached through hard work and self belief.