After I graduated in 2008 I was lucky enough to be one of a group of people who were selected by my tutors to go to New Designers with my work. It was an amazingly sunny week and despite a few upsets (including the infamous leaky roof at the design centre, in which my most treasured illustration suffered some disasterous splashes of water AND one of my friends having her ENTIRE protfolio stolen) it turned out quite good :/
I was in the foyer when someone from my course called to say a lady wanted to speak to me so I ventured back upstairs to our stand and 'hey presto!' my life changed! After some interviews, one project, countless emails, visa form filling and a trip down to Lewes I found myself at Heathrow airport with a very large red suitcase which contained my whole life (or what I could fit, at least!) I was off to Hong Kong on my own for a three month placement to design for a major bedlinen company.
That month rolled into a year and would have stretched even further had I not decided that I really wanted/needed to move back home. What a year! It was a good 'un and I had an amazing time living there with my partner and welcoming/waving on various friends and family members who came to stay with us (always so sad when they went!). And my goodness, I LOVED work. I mean, was literally in love with it. I used to get so excited when my samples would arrive back from the factory, the friends I made were lovely and I had the most stunning view of the botanical gardens out of the window wall in front of my desk. What a beaut'! Oh and the amount I learned was just completely invaluable.
I still work for the company, from home and I still absolutely love it (I hasten to add!). But the excitement of it all when I first began teamed with living in a new country was extraordinary. Unfortunately I didn't do much in the way of my own work while I was over there, because I literally lived and breathed my job. And, although people might say it's only a job, I was in another country and away from all of my friends and family for my job, so it really was all-ecompassing.
Slowly since I've been back, I've had more time (no more evening and weekend skype calls!), space and energy to make my own Illustrations. They develop much slower than when I had the eternity of time bestowed upon me during my degree but I enjoy it so much and I still get excited everytime a person coos over something I've made or buys it. So I have to say that most of these Illustrations were done when I returned (as you can see from one of my earlier posts, from photos that I had taken specifically to draw/document from. They were exhibited last Summer and I hope you like :)
I'm planning on putting a few of these on Etsy as prints...which one/s are your favourite? Perhaps it will help me to decide which to choose! Would love to know your thoughts. Next Post will be the Illustrations I did for my degree show, which hold a special place in my heart! For now you can see them here. I am taking down my website in a few days so I can concentrate on having it rebuilt without it being live as it's shamefully messy at the moment. So use the link while you can!