I can't believe my 4 years at Edinburgh College of Art are over! It's been a long haul and I'm just pleased to be finished, with a portfolio of work that I'm pleased with. I experimented with a lot of different things at uni, comics, concept art, books - but I'm so glad I finally settled on surface pattern design. I feel confident and inspired working on surface pattern type briefs as my speciality - however I'd still call myself an 'illustrator'. It's always hard with art to know how exactly you should brand yourself, as all creative disciplines overlap.
The degree show ran from the 2nd - 10th June 2018, in Evolution House at Edinburgh College of Art. The illustration show was put up in our studio, which was a nice idea - as that's the room we have worked in for 4 years. For my space I decided to display it almost like a shop, with my greeting cards and prints hanging on the walls with bulldog clips and wrapping paper on dowel rods and string. I was also pleased with my under shelf rail on which hung my tea towels and tote bags, on hangers.
After my previous curating of all my work onto white walls I decided to go for a darker colour to make the designs stand out more - as most of my products consist of patterns on white or pale backgrounds already I didn't want it to be too overpoweringly white. I ended up choosing this lovely blue grey paint (the photos don't really do it justice!)
We also ran a shop in the next room selling a selection of everyone's prints and products, and I'm pleased to say my greeting cards were popular, I ended up selling over a hundred! I was so pleased with all the great feedback from the show and thankyou to everyone who came along.