I N T R O S P E C T I V E

Introspective marked a milestone in my creative journey; my first solo exhibition. It showcased two years of research and textile exploration. All works on display were visual representations of my creative journey, my artistic evolution from inspiration to understanding.

From sketchbook to exhibition; including original illustrations, textile samples and prints.

This blog post is a brief overview of the exhibition and opening night. 

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The above images show the layout of the exhibition. Below are the central pages of the small publication I made for the exhibit. These again illustrate the layout of the exhibit and give a little detail regarding works on display.  

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The exhibition, in particular the Private View (as photographed below), allowed me to look at my work with fresh eyes. Learning so much about my own practice and such a boost of confidence. 

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The most powerful element of the Private View was witnessing visitors interact with my work. Textiles, to me, is such a sensory experience. Seeing others engage with it was so wonderful. 

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Thank you to everyone who came to see my work, I really appreciate your kind words, feedback and support. 

 

C R E A T I V E - V A L U E

Successful artistry required a balance of creative style and evolution. It is incredibly difficult to  explore new themes without losing your voice as an artist.

With social media being such an active part of sharing new work, it is easy to fall into an endless pit of inspiration.

To prevent this, some artists live by a creative manifesto. An artist manifesto is a public declaration of intent. A commitment to your creativity.

I have always found artist manifestos to be so inspiring. I tend to simplify this method a little, rather than a full manifesto I reference 5 core values I strive towards daily.

My Five Creative Values;

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1) Authenticity - My work is an outward reflection of the inner thoughts and feelings. It is an expression. I strive towards creating work which is authentically me.

2) Exploration - I believe creativity is exploration. Striving not for perfection but for continual development.

3) Technical Development - I am committed  to learning new skills within my field. Craft specialisms are often referred to as a ‘practice’. This reflects my approach entirely.  

4) Creative Development - Similar to Technical Development this is  a commitment to learning. However where Technical Development refers to tools, techniques and software, Creative development refers to self evolution and a recognisable style.

5) Research -  Research continues to give my work purpose and impact. It is the main thread holding every project together. For me, research constantly inspires my work to grow within clear boundaries.  

These 5 simple values help me to stay true to my creativity. They encourage me to push myself, yet stay authentic to my craft. No two artists will share the same creative values. They, like us, are individual.

C R E A T I V E - R O U T I N E

Creativity and Routine.

I am someone who plans obsessively. I think this derives from a need of routine and ritual. Sundays are my day of regularity. For me they consist of prepping for the week ahead.

I would like to share a little insight to my creative process. It has been a long and tedious journey to find my ‘method’ and to be honest it will continue to be. What you’re never told in any creative endeavour, is that no one can really show you how to design or how to make. They can only share the essential tools to do so.  *Exploration is experimental, as is creativity.*

Sketchbooking.

I learnt early on how I need to document my progression, ideas and exploration. Without a sketchbook I am completely lost.

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My work explores many different areas of study. Working in a sketchbook keeps a thread of consistency to my work, even if I can not see it myself

I am motivated by a need to create a visual response to what I am researching. It allows me to learn with my hands, to explore research in an unconventional but effective way. 

My Creative Cycle.

My creative process is a continuous cycle of exploration, excitement and of course self doubt. 

I use my sketchbook for recording inspirational quotes, my feelings towards them, sketches as well as theory. I see it as a safe place for facts to meet my own words. Sketchbooks are so personal, there is no set way of using them. I tend to write more than most in my sketchbook. My hand writing seems to change completely, it becomes just as important and as visual as the drawing.

I never draw or read with a specific design or product in mind. I just play. There is no science to it, I just draw until something happens. My practice is a hybrid of hand rendered experimentation and digital design. 

I am so connected to my sketchbook as it offers a safe space for design. It allows for mistakes. 

A sketchbook is the place my creativity is born and is an essential part of my creative process. 

ETSY RoundUP: Cosmic Wishlist

Here are just some of my ‘Space Themed’ ETSY must haves. My personal wish list;

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1)     Full Moon Glow in the Dark Iron On Patch by Luna Lotus UK

I absolutely adore this patch! I have a huge bag which turns into a cave when I am at university. I feel like I am constantly looking in my bag to make sure I have remembered my laptop. Especially with my new one being so much lighter. I would pop this patch on my laptop case (of course also black, clever me) so I can just open my bag to see the glow in the dark moon staring back at me.

2)     A5 PLUTO Notebook by Coral Fowley (ME)

Ah of course I was going to include one of my notebooks. These are all designs I would personally buy and use. I am especially looking forward to Bullet Journal inspiration into my notebooks and research. Nothing better than reflecting upon notes which are beautifully presented.

3)     Galaxy Gel Pens by Itty Bitty Fox

So this is an easy one. I want them all.

4)     Galaxy Washi Tape by Note & Wish

I am someone who takes full advantage of washi tape. I use it mostly to secure post-it notes.

5)     Rainbow Moonstone Ring by GeoMinimalist

This beautiful ring may seem little out of place next to the stationery items on this ‘Round Up’ however I have been toying with the idea owning a moon stone, or some moonstone jewelry for sometime now. Although moonstone, among many other things, is a creativity charm. It is also associated with allowing us to be more receptive to ourselves and encourages balance within. I cant think of anything more beneficial to me as I return to studying.

6)     SPACE Weekly Planner by Coral Fowley (ME again)

Selfishly another one of my products. I actually designed this weekly planner with my own needs and space in mind. I do not have the room for an A3 desk planner, as much as I wish I did. This one fits perfectly on my desk next to my computer and in my diary if I need to rip pages out and take them with me.

7)     Enamel cat astronaut pin by Compoco

Confession, I already own this exact pin. It is currently sat on my coat. It was a lovely gift to celebrate finishing my master’s degree with a distinction. It could not be more perfect.

8)     CIRCLING SATURN - space planet stud earrings by Hello Crumpet

I just think these are the absolute cutest, I especially love the turquoise ones.

 

As you can see from the vast range of items, I did not limit myself to just stationery goods, but everything and anything which took my fancy and could encourage me to be as organised and creative as possible.

I have linked the all their products above in the description and will link their social media bellow.

 

INSTAGRAM LINKS:

Luna Lotus UK - @lunalotusuk

Coral Fowley - @coral_fowley

Itty Bitty Fox - @ittybittyfox

Note and Wish - @noteandwish

GeoMinimalist - @geo.minimalist

Compoco - @compoco_

Hello Crumpet - @hello_crumpet