I feel like 2014 was a very disjointed year and marked a massive transition from university life to proper adult life. Many exciting things happened such as graduating from Leeds University, exhibiting at New Designers 2014 in London and finally moving into my first proper flat with my boyfriend in Liverpool. I finally started selling my own designs via Etsy and also began putting my work out there and approaching design firms.
I have succumbed to the fact that I need to find a way to support myself financially while I work to build up my design experience, so I have got a full time job in retail which is pretty stress free and takes off the pressure, allowing me to pay my bills and put money into producing my designs on a small scale. I also wouldn't mind a few holidays this year!! I know that developments within my design career will not happen overnight so it's important to keep working as I can assure you that financial worries seriously hinder the design process. I'm just really looking on the bright side of life this year.. I just want to do things that make me happy.
Aims for this year...
1. Explore the idea of becoming a Design and Technology teacher. This is a career I have always had at the back of my mind and I have decided to go into school to get a little experience and see if it is for me.. If so then hopefully I will be training to do this in the near future!
2. Expand my Etsy card shop and work on a range of cute character driven cards. I have a few ideas about creating lines for all occasions focusing on certain characters as a way to build more of a brand identity. Designing cards is something I find really fun and it's not about making money but rather getting my illustrations out into the public.
4.Also to get some larger quantities of cards printed and try to get them into a few independent shops in the UK. This is also just another that I could see which of my ideas have the most potential.
3.Send off my best print designs to as many places as possible. This year I really need to get my name out into the design studios and I really really would love to sell one of my designs to a studio/ company. I came close to doing so a few times last year but it always seemed to fall through, although coming close has made me even more determined to do this!
Thanks for reading, things have slowed down since I have had to start working full time but I'm hoping to get into more a schedule with everything in the next few weeks.