Semi Permanent portrait - by Jessica Sim
Alongside the NZ launch of Darkness of Noon at The Department Store I was also in new Zealand as one of the guest speakers at the inspiring Semi Permanent conference. I have previously spoken at Semi Permanent in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in 2011, so it was very exciting to be able to head back to my home country and share my work and story with those who know me best.
I was in the same audience when I was a student, feeling so overwhelmed with inspiration that I had no idea where to start with putting it to use. As a speaker I am reminded of that exact feeling and reflect on how far my inspiration and enthusiasm has taken me so far, my only hope as a speaker is that my words have somehow inspired another as the speakers I saw inspired me.
Though I had been nervous during the week, on the morning of my presentation I felt 100% calm which was a relief. After the interviews that followed I was lucky enough to watch the remaining speakers, and I left feeling just as positively overwhelmed as I did at age 17. I realised that my creativity has become absorbed by deadlines, budgets and paying the bills, but I have been missing all the fun that comes with trying new things, collaborating and doing personal projects. From here I'm changing focus, opening myself again to possibilities and considering new directions. In my speech I said that it is good to make goals, check them off and then make new ones, so Im taking my own advice and looking forward to a new chapter.
Here are a selection of images of the event taken by Jessica Sim