Charlotte Greenwood, Illustration and Visual Media
As the DPS brief submission deadline is getting closer and closer, I decided to start looking at some of the books on the suggested reading list as it is stated in the brief that:
Below, are some quotes that I found interesting or insightful from the books on the suggested reading list that I have read so far.
“Make It Now!: Creative Inspiration and the Art of Getting Things Done” by Anthony Burrill.
(My answers to Burrill's questions are italicised.)
Five questions to ask yourself when you’re starting out:
“It takes a long time to find your own voice as a person and as a designer. It’s tempting to take a shortcut to get there, but don’t – you’ll only make your best work and be truly happy when you are being you.”
I found this piece of advice useful because I have always put a lot of pressure on myself to discover what my artistic voice is and what it is that I want to do as a career but, this makes me realise that for this to happen, I need to stress about it less, trust my instincts, and just create what I want to without always asking myself whether my concepts are good enough.
“Don’t Get a Job Make a Job: How to Make it as a Creative Graduate” by Gem Barton.
“Have big ideas and don’t be afraid of them. In fact, nurture your weirdest ideas, feed them, water them, and let them grow into wild and wondrous things that no one else could ever dream of.” – Gem Barton, Chapter: Gusto.
“Universities are communities of people, more than of facilities, but, just as you are exposed to thousands of different people during your degree studies, you can also access dozens of facilities. Be sure to make the most of all that is on offer; as nicely, broker deals, call in favours, trade skills with others – you are unlikely to be able to access (at no extra cost) such a wide range of equipment and amenities in one place ever again. Get as much experience as you can and expose yourself to everything; this way you will have the widest foundation possible, enabling you to make the most informed decisions about your future. Exposing yourself to such a variety of educators and facilities will allow you to experience real collaboration and discover whether a life of creative diversity might be for you.” – Gem Barton, Chapter: Getting the most out of your education.
Although it has been said to me before that I should make the most of the facilities at the University, when I read this, it really sunk in. In the final year of my degree, I plan to make the most of what is available to me as a student and make connections through my tutors with people in the industry that are relevant to me and my practice. I also plan to have my film processed in the Photography Department and work in the darkroom as much as I can as analogue photography is where my interest lies and I am very aware of how expensive it is to use these amenities externally.
I also read a couple of books that are not on the suggested reading list, one of which was: "What They Didn't Teach You in Art School: What You Need to Know to Survive as an Artist" by Rosalind Davis and Annabel Tilley.
(My responses to the points are italicised.)
Understanding what the opportunities are is crucial to surviving your first year. Opportunities for artists can be broken into these main categories:
The progress and success of any art career is a mixture of luck, good judgment, strategy, and timing. Therefore, it is your job as an artist to ask yourself: How can I bring my work to the attention of others?
I can utilise platforms like Instagram, I can build my network by discussing my work with my peers and other artists, I can reach out to people/practitioners within the industry that the University has connections with such as David Buckland - creator and director of Cape Farewell, a project that "...engage artists for their ability to evolve and amplify a creative language, communicating on a human scale the urgency of the global climate challenge" - who gave a lecture at LCC not long ago, I can find opportunities through DPS, I can perhaps make industry connections through my placements and internships, I can apply to have my work published in magazines, I can be open to commission work, I can find spaces to exhibit my work or find artist residencies, I can create a website and keep it up-to-date, ...
The information and advice in these books made me reflect on how my Diploma in Professional Studies experiences have allowed me to develop as an artist and how as I grow and learn more about the industry, my thoughts about my practice, my place within the art world and my project concepts change.
Barton, G. (2016). Don’t Get a Job Make a Job: How to Make it as a Creative Graduate. London, UK: Laurence King Publishing.
Burrill, A. (2017). Make It Now!: Creative Inspiration and the Art of Getting Things Done. London, UK: Virgin Books.
Davis, R. Tilley, A. (2016). What They Didn't Teach You in Art School: What You Need to Know to Survive as an Artist. London, UK: Ilex Press.