Graduated from Lord Grey: 2014
What Art qualifications did you achieved at Lord Grey?
GCSE Textiles (A), A-Level Art (B), A-Level Textiles (A)
Did you pursue any further education?
- Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Northampton University (Distinction)
- BA Fine Art at University of Reading (2;1)
- Currently studying MA Fine Art at University of Reading
Current job title/future aspiration
I am currently working part time in retail to support my educational studies and also taking on private and public commissions as a fibre artist. After I graduate from my MA I am hoping to find a studio space or residency scheme and be able to work full time as a fibre artist.
What did you learn whilst studying at Lord Grey that was valuable to you beyond school life?
The Art Department taught me how to use my imagination and initiative to make the most of what you have and not having extensive amounts of space, materials and resources should not stunt your creativity. A sketchbook can be very valuable, don’t ever stop having one and remember it is not the artwork so it doesn’t have to be fabulous and perfect, its purpose is to document and help the process. Being self-disciplined and to have a good work ethic is extremely important.
What do you remember most about studying Art at Lord Grey?
A lot of hours spent in the department but they were filled fun and laughs with both friends and teachers. It was a warm supportive environment that I enjoyed being in, it encouraged me to do the best I could and gave me the confidence to pursue art further.
What advice would you give to Lord Grey Art students?
If I could give five points to a younger me it would be:
- Do not let your inner-saboteur win.
- If this is what you want to do, then do not give up. Take criticism in your stride, don’t let it bother you or overthink it too much. Use it to help you.
- Don’t be afraid to be ambitious, aim high but be realistic.
- Stay true to your own artwork – don’t copy others or try to please critics, find your own style and interests and that is where you will thrive. Remember that not all art is purely conceptual; there is a beauty in the process and materiality too.
- Hard work pays off.