Foundation Diploma


The blog I link to here was an exercise for college.

The tasks we’re set don’t represent finished work but hopefully show you an insight into my process and how I work.


Exploratory Phase – Site Specific Installation

Exploratory Phase – 3D Week

Exploratory Phase – Fashion


Pathway – The Standard

Pathway – Hands

Pathway – NottsForgotten

Pathway – Bestowed Grace, Video Experiments

Pathway – Bestowed Grace, Photoshop Experiments



I left London in July 2016, my health another casualty of the Worst Year Ever(c).

While I was unsure how I would feel mentally and physically, I didn’t want the pressure of work and chose to return to education. I’m very, very lucky. Our rent in Nottingham is half of London, so there’s a lot less pressure to earn and I was able to keep working as a Nanny in a very reduced part time capacity. It’s another blessing that our term times match up so I’m free to be holiday cover, and I’m incredibly grateful to have two lovely small people still in my life.

The course has been up and down but I’ve definitely learned a lot about my process; how my brain works with ideas, where I rush and where I give an idea room to breathe.

I’ve even seen the beginnings of a personal style in illustration, which is very exciting for me!

A lot of the guilt at spending money on materials without a financial return has been assuaged by studying. Having the end goal of a Diploma feels like it justifies the expense of art school – and oh, my goodness, is it expensive! eBay and craft fairs make my tax returns more complicated, but my day to day life easier.

Jewellery was an outlet for me while I was working. Pieces can be sold (in theory!) and pay for more materials, a self sustaining hobby. The option to play with anything I like is daunting, and breaking out of old habits and limitations has been harder than I expected.

Art for Art’s Sake felt very indulgent while I was renting small one bedroom flats for over £1000 a month. The liberation of living in Nottingham and giving myself permission to experiment without a marketable product at the end is quite a shift in approach. It’s been challenging, but very rewarding.





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