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As a child, I always knew I wanted to do somethingcreative but I couldn’t pin point in what sense. I’ve always loved scribblingideas down, cutting and sticking, getting creative, it’s a bit like fallinginto a Tardis, losing track of life and time. Being involved in youth theatregroups helped to encourage my creative feelings to grow and flourish. I thoroughlyenjoyed my career as a lighting designer but in 2013 ill health struck me downin the form of Chronic Migraine.

I had to stop working and completely adapt myway of living. Roughly 7 months ago I found a regime which offers me enoughrelief to live a relatively normal life with marginal pain and nausea levels soI’m now more determined than ever to try to get back into the flow of life. Duringmy time of illness, I spent 95% of my time on drawing or ceramics. I couldn’ttolerate screens at the time. Drawing and creating was such a release from thepain and misery of everyday life, to really let go and feel myself flow withthe materials with zero expectations of how things ‘should’ look or be. Having such a disabling condition, which has been sucha heavy burden, has given me strength and made me aware of just how preciouslife is. It enabled me to view life and the world around me from a whole new,more mature perspective and realise just how important it is that I follow mypassion. Designing and being creative is such a huge part of my life that itseems only natural for me to take this next step, it’s so much more than just ahobby it’s a way of life.

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I love the Japanese art of Kintsugi, it makes methink of life and realise we’re not so different from those smashed clay pots thatare put back together with a beautiful mix of lacquer and gold. “In order togain strength, we must first be broken” In September I took the decision to study functionalskills level 2 English and Maths. I didn’t get the chance to take GCSE’s inschool due to a severe case of Labyrinthitis. In my spare time I enjoy drawing,mainly still life, ceramics and visits to museums, exhibitions and artgalleries.

 I believe my time as a lighting technician and 3 yearsstudying Art and Design BTEC, taught me valuable skills including the values ofworking as part of a team, meeting tight deadlines, being proactive and usingone’s own initiative. I’ve both learnt and explored my strengths in a varietyof styles and techniques including digital imagery, photography, sculpture,painting, drawing and printmaking. Printmaking is a favourite of mine, I findthe practical process of it thoroughly enjoying especially with etching.

Furthermore, I’ve learnt how to utilise Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to helpenhance my work digitally. Additionally, I like to feel the raw elements of mymaterials, often combining stitch work together with prints on roughly tornpaper. Deconstructing and reconstructing my work. My most influential artistsare Andrea Turvey, who creates fantastic contemporary illustrations using mixedmedia. Georgina Luck whose ink and watercolour illustrations are unique,abstract and organic. David Downton whose loose style seems so effortless butyet emits such elegance and beauty. I would really hope to be considered for this coursebecause I enjoy the challenge which design presents.

To be able to have theopportunity to learn how to effectively respond to briefs rather thanself-initiation. To be surrounded by creative individuals that are oozing withimaginative, enthusiastic and innovative ideas that I can bounce off and learnfrom. To be able to fully understand the process behind confidently telling anarrative through a set of images.

Ultimately my goal would be to develop agreater understanding of art and broaden my skills further.