Hi, my name is Ruth. I am currently gaining experience in the art sector, whether this be through internships or work. After graduating from university in September 2015 this is the best way for me to get a feel of the art industry, and where my creativity can be pushed and used at its best. I am open to working with and for people, and companies. Whether this be freelance, interning or paid work. After spending more time through placements and studying I have begun to understand what I find the most interesting areas to work with. These include painting, print design (usually for digital print), visual layouts and the aesthetics of work and illustration. https://instagram.com/ruth_october/
During my time with Lauren I have had some key experience in the Art industry and learnt a variety of new things. Various things I have been involved in include; *Handling, finishing and creating art work. *Preparing Art work for exhibitions. *Helping unwrap and wrap work when being moved around/for exhibitions and art fairs. *Experience in a design studio being under creative direction. *Paying close attention to detail whilst working on projects.
I currently volunteer at my local church which run a youth group on Friday afternoons/evenings. This involves helping with arts, sports and food activities.
During this placement I got the chance to experience what it was like in a textiles studio, who design for clientele and to trends. I got the chance to develop existing skills in the following areas; *Screen Printing. *Hand painting textile designs for collections, working to trends. *Steaming and washing textile samples ready to be archived and sold. *The use of an A1 scanner and being shown the ordering system for textile print samples. *working towards briefs for clients.
During the summer of 2014 I got the chance to go to Bolivia for 10 weeks. This was a voluntary position where I helped teach various topics in Spanish in a center for children who had to work.
During March 2014 I gained some experience at the Palace Green Gallery which is located in the grounds of Hatfield House. I learnt about how a gallery was run as a business. This included how things were presented, cleaning duties, liaising with clients and how to store artist information.
In february 2014 I helped run a Knitting workshop in the museum which aimed to engage the public in the arts/knitting. It was free to get involved and wanted to get people to help cover a plane in knitting, similar to yarn bombing.
Assisting with the running of workshops at the weekend event held at Chilterns Open Air Museum
Throughout my first and second year in university I gained a role as student ambassador This involved me helping out at open days, interviews and teaching taster sessions.
As part of our final year we got a chance to exhibit at new designers as a class. This was an amazing experience as we had to organise the exhibition ourselves, from what we would take to how it was presented. This was a great experience as we got feedback and contacts not only from the public, but also professional companies and organisations.
'HEADLINES' is the University of Hertfordshire's end of year, graduate showcase. It was great to meet people who had not seen our work before giving such good feedback and was our debut exhibition.
I was given this award from my University as a sign of hard work achieved in final year. It was given to me for the work I had done as Captain of the Cheer Squad. It is a combination of voting from your peers, coach and the University staff.
This award was voted for by my fellow sports Team Mates. They vote for their favourite senior and rookie of the year, I was lucky enough to be chosen as the senior.
For the end of second year we had to find a location for an exhibition and display our final work as part of our assessment. We displayed in a creative cafe, which always has a variety of work on display. We had a whole room to organise our private show in which was then open to the public for two weeks. It was a great experience and new contacts were made. The thought behind what looked good together and the placement of final pieces was very important.
At the end of second year three of us from my course got selected to go to Romania. This was an Erasmus funded trip we took part in, alongside three fellow fashion students. During this experience we went to Romania and worked together with French, Italian and Romanian students, over 10 days to create a fashion show based on Romanian culture. We had to make our designs completely from recycled materials which made it both challenging and fun. We displayed our fashion show in the place we were staying in the country and then in the Creative university in Cluj. http://mamamu2014.tumblr.com/
During the beginning of second year we got the chance to collaborate in groups with product and industrial design students for an external project. This was working towards a brief to make a one off piece, for an anniversary of a local cinema. It was good practice to work with peers of a different creative practice.
A showcase of our FMP and favourite work created on our art foundation.