Well here goes nothing!
This journey began with my best friend winning Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search. We followed her journey, not just as interested bystanders but as two very close families. It was just amazing the new direction that her design work took and the doors that opened as a consequence of winning the competition. I couldn’t help but think that this was something that I could and should have a go at.
In the 1990’s I gained a BA Hons Degree in 3-D Design/Ceramics at West Surrey College of Art and Design. I made large pots with inlaid surface designs. I tried to keep it going at first but soon became caught up in earning a living. I continued with design by becoming a Design Technology Teacher. My abilities were shared with many, though I rarely took the time to create for myself. Life has gone on with having a family and the pursuit of paying the bills and my creativity has remained on the back burner.
One evening last week Zoe said that she was drawing radishes, I took the bull by the horns and decided that it was now or never. I had a go on Fresh Paint and created my very first ‘radish’. It was a bit crude but I had at least started.
A few days later I received the email about Lilla Rogers – Make Art That Sells: Assignment Bootcamp and before I knew it I had signed up. It quickly translated into lots of rekindled feelings that had laid dormant.
In the twists and turns of my teaching career and having a family I missed out on using design software. It has bugged me for a very long time and is one of the things that I really want to say that I can do. I have also been a PC girl all my life and now feel ready for the challenge of changing to an Apple. It is a scary prospect, but in for a penny, in for a pound. I shall enroll myself on Illustrator and Photoshop courses and get cracking. In addition to this I shall begin some pages on Pinterest and write this blog. This all adds up to a huge personal challenge but one I am ready for and excited about starting. I can’t wait for my Tax rebate to come through so that I can take my husband to his favourite shop in Adelaide and walk out with a shiny new computer. Until then, it is sketchbook and photography time! I have a print out of the ‘Do What You Love’ practical kit to help make 2014 the year that I do what I love. Tomorrow, I shall sit down with nice cup of tea and begin filling it in.
Thank you for reading X