MSoA Master sessions// Interview

Hello everyone,

I was recently interviewed for MSoA Master Sessions, how exciting!

We had a nice little discussion about the development of my practice, my undergrad experience, progression onto the MA and a little peek into my personal life.  If you're into that have a listen!

CW: discussions of sex, BDSM and trauma 

 Interviewer/ Producer: Michael Orr

Contested Territories: // Altered States

The MSoA MA Contested Territories presents: Altered States

"Featuring a range of interdisciplinary practioners addressing the contested nature of the conceptual and material territories upon which human identities and cultures are developed"

Here are my favourite picks from the show! 

Photo Credits: Michael Barrow/ insta: michaelbarrowphoto

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OMID ASADI  "LOST"   www.omidasadiart.com

OMID ASADI  "LOST"

www.omidasadiart.com

KAT FROST "MY FAT FEMALE BODY"   www.katfrostillustration.com

KAT FROST "MY FAT FEMALE BODY"

www.katfrostillustration.com

SARAH-JOY FORD   "WE HAVE RUN HALF OUR LIVES FROM THAT DAMN WORD. QUEER!" (quilt)   www.sarahjoyford.com

SARAH-JOY FORD   "WE HAVE RUN HALF OUR LIVES FROM THAT DAMN WORD. QUEER!" (quilt)

www.sarahjoyford.com

LEANNE ROEBUCK  "TRACES"   @leanne.roebuck

LEANNE ROEBUCK  "TRACES"

@leanne.roebuck

RHYS JONES  "THICK SKIN"   www.madebyrhys.com

RHYS JONES  "THICK SKIN"

www.madebyrhys.com

TIFFANY GROUS  "BOYS"   @tiffanygrous

TIFFANY GROUS  "BOYS"

@tiffanygrous

GINA RILEY   "MY MUM IS ON FIRE"   www.ginariley.com

GINA RILEY   "MY MUM IS ON FIRE"

www.ginariley.com

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International Women's Day

Happy International Women's day! 

Around the world, IWD can be an important catalyst for driving greater change for women and moving closer to gender parity, it's been really nice seeing how many people have shown their support this year. There's tonnes of info here on the official website about it's origins and focus on this years campaign focus #BeBoldForChange

Here's to transgender women.
Here's to women of colour.
Here's to infertile women.
Here's to women with disabilities.
Here's to sex workers.
Here's to women who love women.
Here's to women struggling to feed their families and themselves.
Here's to women who have survived sexual violence or are stuck abusive relationships.

We are all valid. Today is for us.

You've Graduated, Now What?

Graduation is a big deal. Well it was for me and my family anyway. 

I would say I followed a pretty standard path in life so far. I'd even go as far as saying I did everything I was advised to do, what was 'ideal' for my future. I come from a very working class background, went to a comprehensive school, managed to get (pretty much) straight A's, did a foundation year at college to figure out the path I wanted to do in the Arts and finally landed myself at University. I think I can confidently say that following that I did pretty well. I found myself, (not in a cheesy way I mean in a look this is the kind of work I want to make now kind of way), juggled uni with a (very) late night bartending job and surprisingly bagged myself a first class degree. That's not to say I didn't work hard. Future employers please note: I work very hard, promise!  But then I thought, what now?

I suppose there's a beauty in this stage of your life, you could go out and do whatever you want. In theory anyway. I had friends with internships and graduate jobs lined up, but I found myself getting a bit lost. Time and space is so valuable, I think that's something we forget all the time. I have no shame in saying I along with many graduates have moved back home,  back in with my parents to try and save some money. I do think finances is something many avoid talking about, I think the art world can be elitist and the reality is not many can afford to work unpaid internships for the experience. I intend to keep a roof over my head and the goal for me is to be fully independent, my skills are valuable and I can and will be paid for them along the way. Anyway, that's a whole other topic to get into another time, what I was trying to say is it's okay to not know your next step. Take some time for yourself, that's something that has taken me years to realise. 

I suppose leaving university I felt a little unprepared. Some people blame the universities for that. But you want the truth? There's no one track way to success in the creative industry anymore. There's no one track way to that freelancing illustration career of your dreams. Everyone is so different and appeal with such different skills and qualities, so I guess it makes sense that the industry doesn't work that way. I recently applied for a job working in graphic design at a TV studio,  it was a lead designer role (I wasn't aware of that at the time and in all honesty was a little out of my depth), against all odds I got shortlisted to the final two candidates, but didn't get it in the end. How did I feel at the time? Pretty crappy. How do I feel about it now? I'm glad, because I don't think it was the ideal job for me, my skill set and I will be valued more elsewhere. 

My advice to recent graduates? You do you. Yes the climate and job industry is hard, yes it's competitive but the beauty of it is there are so many route you can follow, follow your own. Figure out your own path and whatever works best for you. I personally believe that as long as you're still doing something and putting stuff out there then that's a step in the right direction. I may not have a tonne of professional experience (yet), but I'm still making things happen. Make yourself an active part of a community, whatever your interest might be. Take part in events, meet new people, surround yourself with positive creative people and you'll stay motivated in no time.

Life isn't a race. 

Me (left) now you have a face to put to my name and my good pal Charl, go check out her work here!

Arty Book of The Month

SO for those of you who don't know me personally, you can probably guess from the title that I'm a big reader. In fact I just love books, I always have. I love the smell of new books, old books, fancy illustrated books and the kind that are too heavy to even leave the house with. 

Anyway, I figured it makes sense for me to share that aspect of my life, especially with books I think my (potential) readers might appreciate and or find useful. 

This month's arty book of the month, (we could change it to ABOTM but that feels kinda lame) I chose Mariko and Jillian Tamaki's highly recommended This One Summer.

I had a hit and miss relationship with graphic novels growing up (shocking as an illustrator, I know) but I finally figured out that the main reason is because of the artwork style. I found so many repetitive, I guess fairly standard to what you'd expect from a regular comic and found that if I don't instantly fall in love or at least relate to the art work style, chances are I'm not going to really get into the book. Is that just me? Regardless, this graphic novel blew me away in terms of style. You'll see if you pick up a copy for yourself, I can only imagine the amount of time and thought that has been poured into every page. 

Anyway, simply put This One Summer sent me back to my pre-teen years in a comforting, warm and fuzzy way. Thought's of summer holidays- I myself have memories of spending a lot of time in caravan parks- (I would say they were mostly fond memories?) and relating to exploring the surrounding areas, much like Rose and Windy; despite my childhood tendency to isolate myself from anyone who wasn't legally classed as an adult. This is a book that will take you back to the time you were discovering yourself, being somewhat naive to your innocence and the ways in which you might have been introduced to the adult world and the tensions surrounding that. 

All in all, it wasn't too long a read if big books aren't your thing. I found it poignant, melancholy and very very charming and I am still completely in love with the art work,  a special shout out goes to the spreads filled with dreamy textures. Not to mention the entire thing is printed in a blue/ indigo hue throughout. Who doesn't want that?! 

If you fancy a copy for yourself you can find This One Summer on Amazon or I also really recommend The Book Depository.

Images courtesy of Jillian Tamaki & her wonderful blog where you can find more of her work.