My old studio space photographed by Sean Fennessy
Throughout my life I have always been big on setting goals - when I first left University I was very sure of what I wanted to do, I purchased a wall planner and gave myself deadlines to keep focused. Self inflicted guilt due to missing a set deadline can be great for motivation, trust me! As goals were completed new ones were set and as I started to find my feet professionally my goals were given longer timeframes and became harder to achieve. This year I realised that I needed some new goals, I had been working away with clients month to month, but hadn't considered my next move and where I want to be in the next five years.
For the last few months those of you who follow me on Instagram and Facebook may have noticed a few pics of business books (probably accompanied by pained expressions) and various fabric related or fashion focused posts. The books were not just for show, they have all been read and their information is currently helping with my new projects, projects that will see my illustration work take on new dimensions and find me involved in fun collaborations. I'm very excited!
Near the end of last year and early this year I started to get itchy feet working solely as an illustrator on paper as there are many other creative areas that I am also interested in pursuing. I love being an illustrator, and I'm not going to stop, but I feel like many of my work experiences, the pool of people I know, and my growing following are now opening doors for other avenues in my career.
Terms such as "watch this space" and "great new things coming soon" "meetings all day long" etc are seriously over-used in social media these days, I read all of those lines and never see anything coming to fruition, perhaps they spoke too soon, I'm not sure, but I've decided that instead of saying "watch this space" then dropping a surprise I'm going to share with you step by step as I work on the new personal projects in 2014. Some new projects have been in motion for a couple of months now so I feel safe in letting you in on them as they're not going to stop, and even if they don't go 100% to plan, I think it will be fun to involve you as I go, even with the crappy bits. It will also be nice to have a diary that I can look back on later (and possibly laugh about who knows).
I will aim to do an update once or twice a fortnight from mid Jan 2014, I hope you enjoy seeing the process of various new projects!