We attended some lectures at Warwick university on Monday, given by successful practising artists about their work and careers.
Each had taken a different pathway and gave a unique outlook on the role of the creative arts as well as the context of their place within it.
It was reassuring to hear that not everyone had known where they were going or what they were going to be at the stage that we are at now. The advice that stuck in my mind was to be dedicated, always doing or making something even when you feel stuck, and to analyse your working practice in order to realise exactly what it is that you love doing and how to develop that in way that is unique to you.
I particularly warmed to Rosalind Wyatt, a textiles artist and calligrapher. She was a very engaging speaker and gave us an insight into the broad range of work she produces, from more personal ‘fine art’ projects to working as a scribe/hand model on TV sets for period dramas.
image source – by Rosalind Wyatt