On our trip to Aldershot, a town where we were told to walk and find ideas for this project based on site, I felt drawn to nature as I always do. Amongst the industrial run-down landscape, my first thoughts were urban ecosystems.
I have begun a new journey – studying a BA in Fine Art. It has felt like a tricky undertaking; as with any new experience, you carry a fear of disappointment, a fear to get started. But I am trying to immerse myself in the art, and I’m hoping that with every day I’ll feel more and more creatively inspired.
If the fine art pathway felt like a new beginning for me, then the graphic design rotation was a huge leap. Organising my portfolio from the past six weeks has reminded me quite how new graphic design was to me. I had never used adobe illustrator, never designed a poster using a computer and never in fact created anything with the discernible purpose of promotion. Whether what I made is any good remains to be seen, but I certainly am pleased to have tackled the project and created a decent outcome.
I like to tell people that art is ‘my thing’, because it’s what I enjoy and it’s the one thing I feel mildly skilled at. But in reality, art is so alien to me that I seem to have new revelations every day.
My name is Ellen, and in September I started studying at University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, doing a foundation diploma in art and design. This is my new beginning.