My interview went well (I think).
I was a little nervous and said ‘um’ a bit which was annoying but I know this is because I struggle with thinking under pressure. I also know that I will get better at this the more times I have to speak about my work and the more confident I get about my practice – it is also why these PPP tasks (interviews and Pecha Kucha) are a really good experience and way of building that confidence.
I used my website to show my portfolio of work, this helped prompt me on what I wanted to talk about. I did not practice what I had to say about my work too much as my feedback from the Pecha Kucha was that I had too much to say, I had written notes which meant I rushed through it a lot. Of course an interview is a different setting and although we were prep’d on the questions we were asked there was less structure than in the Pecha Kucha. Another good thing about the website was the it meant that when Marianne was speaking David took the opportunity to look at the other work I had on there, focusing on some of my Foundation work. I am very proud of this work but had felt it inappropriate to talk about in the interview as it is from two years ago. Having someone new recognise it as interesting and something I can build upon in my practice was a real confidence boost. In a professional context this happening in an interview would hopefully boost a potential client/employers interest in working with/employing me.
- My scarf brief was a good move, and interested them in how I had taken my practice then moved it on to surface pattern. This is something I should continue to experiment with
- Look into surface pattern more, but don’t just think about fabric.
- I have a good sense of colour, so my designs could be less ‘intense’. Perhaps make simple work but with amazing colour.
- I need to start focusing myself on a practice, even though it is good to be interested in a lot of things.
- Consider myself a Digital Artist. Don’t just let the technology skills lead me.
- Focus on what I want to do.
- Try to find way to combine technical interests and sustainability interests.
- Project onto the environment.
- In terms of work placements if I am going down the more Fine Art approach, I need to be saying “I could help you in this way… Here are some examples of my work.”