Since completing my MA time has gone very fast! I have started doing dissertation support for final year students, which I love, many are doing part practical pieces alongside their written work and I enjoy seeing their ideas come to life and develop. Alongside this I was doing various jobs to pay the rent and the realities of council tax and bills has been the downside to leaving education. However I start a new part time job alongside tutoring at the university to support my practice, which should now give me a steady income to carry on doing the things I love!
I have also moved into a new flat and have space to carry on my practice, which is great! Eventually I would love to have my own studio to spread out. I have just order myself a screen so I can get back to screen printing which I am very excited about.
I have exhibited at the Knit and Stitch and started to run workshops. In the next two days I will be carrying out workshops at the Whitworth Art Gallery and the Victorian Gallery and Museum in Liverpool. I will post some images of the three dimensional birds we created in the next week or so!
I also worked on a ceramic project at the biennial in Stoke-on-Trent. I saw the work of Clare Toomey, an artist I have always admire, not only for the aesthetics but also for the conceptual ideas involved in her practice.
During November I went to Kosovo to work on an embroidery project with women in Poduejva, it is always great to see designs come to life and to see the emotional and financial benefits of this project.
My next project is for an exhibition in March in London where I will be exhibiting alongside three other artists. I hope to blog, as this work develops. I am also working on a project with another artist at the People's History Museum in Manchester, which will take place in the next couple of months.