123 – Things that I have learnt

123 – Things that I have learnt

Looking back on the year and the advice I’ve been given so far, be it from tutors, fellow students or others within the creative industry, a couple stand out.

Most importantly for me, I think, the advice to work for myself and not others stands the most true. Whilst others opinions do matter and a positive review can send you sky high with confidence; A negative opinion can do the exact opposite and send you to your lowest of lows. I am easily affected by others opinions of my work and take it very to heart, whether positive or negative. Of course, it is difficult to overcome negative feedback, all the more reason not to take others opinions too seriously or too close to heart. Do work that makes me happy.

This leads to my second major learning curve. Do what comes naturally. I often find myself working in ways opposed to my instincual leanings much to the chagrin of my tutor. I found myself wanting to try new ways of working, mistaking that for trying new styles. I think part of me did want to indeed try a new style all together, to escape being pigeonholed into one visual aesthetic. But why fight what comes naturally? It’s where my strengths generally lie: Pattern, Colour, Symmetry and Shape. Yet I found myself fighting these values, for inexplicable reasons. My work is stronger and I’m more often pleased with it when I do what I do impulsively and easily.

Hopefully, following this advice and really taking it in will lead me to more successful work with which I am happy with and will be proud to share.