As I approached the end of my BA degree I set myself some goals to aim for once I had graduated. I didn't want to drift along aimlessly, I needed steps to focus on to help me achieve my overall goal - becoming a self employed studio based silversmith.
Here is my list:
- To be selected to attend the Goldsmiths Centre Getting Started course. ACHIEVED. Details are in a previous blog.
- To have my work chosen to be exhibited at the New Ashgate Gallery in Surrey as part of the Rising Stars annual event. ACHIEVED (see previous blog).
- And finally to be offered a solo stand at this years New Designers exhibition as part of One Year On. ACHIEVED! (Blog to follow about the prep and my new collection)
I'm a firm believer that if you work hard and set your sights high you can achieve what you want to achieve, and if you aim for the moon even if you miss you'll still accomplish something. When I was filling out the application forms for these three events I didn't for one minute think I would be successful in all three and it sure has made this year busy although I wouldn't change it for anything.
A few other achievements I feel worthy of a mention:
- The Savile Club kindly awarded me a scholarship which funded the building of my workshop. I get to attend a reception there in June, where I and other scholarship recipients get to meet with the members and also give a presentation of how we used the scholarship.
- I am two thirds the way through an MA at the UEA, in Creative Entrepreneurship which is helping me to build a solid business foundation for my silversmithing practice. I even managed to get a grade 85% for my first research paper. Which is both ridiculous given my history of academis writing and also amazing, but demonstrates just how much bloody work I put into it. Financially I still have a lot to sort (silversmithing is NOT cheap) but this course is helping me to learn how to do that. Which leads me on to...
- I was shortlisted for the Jerwood Visual Arts Artist Bursary earlier this year. I didn't win but to be shortlisted out of 730 applications is really encouraging and shows that I am finally getting to grips with how to write a good proposal (slowly but surely).
- And last but not least I still work one day a week for Miriam Hanid, an established and well respected silversmith in Suffolk. I am one of the few people who look forward to Monday mornings work.
So it's been a very busy year, and it is about to get even more busy as I start to make a new collection ready for this years New Designers - oh and did I mention I will also have some new work on display at Inspired? And don't worry, I won't be resting on my laurels as I already have my next list of goals I wish to achieve...