At the end of the module we had to make presentations of our time on the work experience.
I used Prezi for the first time and I’m quite proud of what I accomplished!
I had a clear idea from the start that I want to do an enterprise plan for my dissertation. I’ve thought about starting an online shop selling my own designs for a long time, so I thought it would be a perfect way to tie my dissertation into my own practice. Also I wanted to challenge myself as I know next to nothing about how to run your own business, but I feel like it would be a good skill to have for the future.
What I found most useful was the one-on-one talk with Theo, as I felt most of the group talks and lectures we had had before were more geared towards people writing a thesis than a business plan.
What I struggled with was that I didn’t know what my “question” was, as I felt an enterprise plan didn’t really have one, and what the title of my dissertation should be but Theo helped me out with both. We also talked about getting ethics approval, as I might be planning to do some interviews for my dissertation.
I learned that for my dissertation I need to read a wide range of books and journals papers, ranging from business plan writing to fashion industry research.
Theo suggested I should get in touch with the student entrepreneurship people in our university. I took his advice and arranged a meeting with Lee Sharma who is the start-up manager at the Centre for Student Entrepreneurship. Lee told me that the basis of any good business plan is market research, so I’ve decided that’s what I’m going to start to do first. I’m also looking into how to register myself as a sole trader or possibly as a limited company.
I also need to find a way to “test the market” by putting my designs out in the world and seeing if people think they are worth paying for. I’ve already started by starting a tumblr blog (www.vampire-finch.tumblr.com) where I post my illustrations and designs. So far the response I’ve got has been been good, but I need to get opinions from a wider range of people.
I chose this option because I know I’m not very good at documenting my creative process which I feel is a key skill for all artists and would help me evolve my illustration skills.
At first we looked at sensory perception and how we have to learn to perceive the world through shapes, colours, space etc.
We also got told how to traditional view that there is only 5 senses; smell, vision, touch, hearing and taste is not actually true. Humans probably have more than 19 different senses including balance, gravity awareness and magnetic orientation.
We also read an article on tactile awareness which means sensing the world around us only by touch. People who are either blind or have poor eyesight are the masters of this. The article interviewed ceramic artists who are deafblind about their working processes.
I found the article very interesting and it made me think about how it might be good practice to try for example drawing with my eyes closed, “feeling” the drawing instead of relying so heavily on vision and seeing what comes out of it.
In later sessions we looked at creativity theories and how making mistakes is a part of the process and how you learn even from things that went wrong. I tend to get easily frustrated when I make a mistake and struggle to keep going, so it was reassuring for me to know that it is part of making art and that everyone has to go trough with.
We also had to try and breakdown our own creative processes and try to write each part down, for example “Get idea” —-> “select the right pen” —> “open sketchbook” —-> “start sketching”, and so on.
I found this really eye-opening as I had never tried to think in depth about how I work and I think this information will help me to document my work in the future.
We also looked at play and what it has to do with creativity. Cathy talked about how playfulness is a vital part of creativity and how children learn through play. That’s why it is a shame that as we become adults, the opportunities for playing diminish even though it is one of the best ways of learning.
I tend to get quite “serious” while I’m drawing, and I often get stuck doing things the same way each time and this session made me realise I should adopt a more playful attitude to my practice.
Overall I enjoyed the option and would recommend it to others. I now feel like I understand the creative process much better and feel more equipped to start documenting my own practice.
I chose this TED talk as my starting point:
My working studio in the basement.
Screenprinting projects I finished while there.