2019.

Over 6 months on from graduating, I am taking time to look forward to what 2019 will bring me, as well as reflecting on what I have achieved in my time since sadly leaving DJCAD; a place that I still miss!

Though I admit there are moments where I wonder why I am not in a full time job as of yet and conquering the design world, I remind myself often that life can slow down.
The fast paced environment which has been built around us through lightning-quick technology and high expectations can be escaped, and you can live at your own pace should you wish. I am lucky that my home, Blair Atholl encourages slowness, due to the beautiful rural setting and laidback way of life.

Despite an approach of slowness, my creative folio has certainly expanded since graduating. From working with Blair Atholl Watermill & Out of The Blueprint on a zine that creates conversation at rustic wooden tables over freshly ground coffee, Atholl Estates & Blair Castle on photography projects, and the wonderful Creative Dundee on a zine with an incredibly current and important narrative, I have been fortunate to be busy creatively whilst working as a waitress.

But what does 2019 bring now?

  • Designing and implementing a visual piece to the Meadow Mill studio of Ardler Ltd, a lighting design & engineering firm. The work of Ardler Ltd inspires (and impresses!) me so it is exciting to be working alongside them again.
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  • Collaborating with Social Digital lecturer and illustration wonder Christine Kingsley to create a zine inspired by nature and the power of using nature as a muse, environment to work in, and the sense of wellbeing that comes with this.
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  • Open an Etsy store selling photographic prints, zines and posters.
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  •  A personal project of designing a poster each month of the year (to possibly be risograph printed) inspired by my favourite albums and the tracks on them.
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  • Returning to work at the Watermill. Yes, this is not a creative aspect to my schedule, but it is an important one! It is often assumed that working as a waitress is my career of choice, and customers are surprised to hear of the creative work that I am so lucky to do in my free time. Freelance projects are very fun, but I understand that it takes time to build the client base and reputation needed to become a full-time freelancer; patience and hard work is key!
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  • Collaborating with Love Route clothing for summer product photoshoots; an exciting step into the world of fashion photography. And, because it’s me, more specifically fashion photography shot on 35mm film.
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  • Finally, I am going to use 2019 to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time – start up a magazine which hails creative talent in Scotland and is a platform for networking, and also to praise those who are often forgotten behind the scenes of a beautiful piece of art, design, music or craft. Given that my background is in Product Design, this could be seen as a verge towards unknown territory. However, I believe that what I gained at DJCAD was not a basis of “How to be a Product Designer“, and more of a design education. I can’t wait to get started and tell the stories of the most brilliant makers and creators in Scotland through printed word and photography.

I’m excited to work on such exciting projects! And my calendar still has space, so who knows what other pieces I may be lucky enough to work on. As always, updates will come through this blog and my social sites. Let’s hope that 2019 brings lots of creative fun, and only the best things for all my readers.

– J

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