Hey everyone, yes I'm back, no I haven't forgotten about this blog. I realise this will probably be my last post of 2017, so I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the year (art wise at least)...
I've been so lucky this year to have had not one, not two but three exhibitions, running more or less one after the other. I've been to Leeds, North Yorkshire and Derby, celebrating with my uni pals and lecturers in their first student grad-curated exhibition.
It truly has been a brilliant year for showcasing my work, I'm actually quite proud of myself for that, especially for keeping going throughout all the rubbish that's happened this year, including a period of unemployment where I felt like crap and wasn't motivated to do anything. The highlight was probably the spontaneous and totally unexpected sale of one of my prints following the Ones to Watch exhibition at Sunny Bank Mills, Leeds. Many thanks to Shona and her partner for noticing my work and deciding to take it home with them!
In April, I designed some unique bridesmaid gifts for a childhood friend's wedding, some quirky Disney themed mugs and matching name tags. It was so lovely to be a part of her special day in such a creative way.
In June, my boyfriend and I visited Paris, where I got to see some beautiful original art including Van Gogh and Monet, up close and in person. I sketched Mickey Mouse in the art of animation class, and prayed Disney would somehow find my CV and send me an email or something...
Most recently, I also sold one of my hoodies from my Redbubble shop, featuring a heart print I made at Uni!
So all in all, not a bad year. What happens now? Hopefully more art of course, and just because I'm working full time now, I see no reason to stop. When people ask me if I carry on my work I always say yes, which I do, I still run social media and promote my online stores. I'd love to make more new work soon and it WILL happen.
Would be great if 2018 held more exhibitions in store, we'll just have to see.
In the meantime, I'd just like to say thank you to everyone reading this, who's supported me and kept me going when the whole art thing felt helpless. I'm by no means successful, but I've kept it going and that's the main thing.
Here's to 2018!