At the end of the road it is always easier to reflect on the journey you have behind you and think about how each turn of the road has made you stronger and has helped you grow. For me this unit has certainly been the fullest 2 months, squeezing so much experiences and knowledge.
I can see that as a creative, I have changed my views and my processes as to how I work. I have also become a better person, too. As I am quite self-centered (but let’s face it, all artists are), and like to work alone and want to do things my way, so I was never very much into working in a group, or working with friends even. I am usually bossy and it is hard for me to take a step back and appreciate that someone might have valuable input in a project that involves me. And that was for me the biggest challenge. Still taking the role of the leader and organiser but doing it in a way that it voices the opinions of all the members of the team.
This was definitely the quickest I’ve ever had to work like in my life, which was a blessing for me as I usually tend to over-think concepts and then stay lost in the research for too long. But this time the limited time-frame has almost forced me into taking quicker decisions and stick to my ideas trying to make them work and quickly overcome whatever problems may rise (i.e. the printing issues).
Once again I have worked with mediums that I know well and love, that being writing, film, photography and digital layouts on inDesign. But within them I certainly discovered new parts of myself and I have definitely developed my skills in all of the different areas that I explored.
Writing the 2,000 word report about Volt Magazine was an interesting new subject for me, as I haven’t tried gathering information about a marketing report before. But it was a good thing for me as I learnt how to analyse information that I get from magazines better. It was good for me that I worked on writing about a publication that I have known for a while and understand their branding. It definitely helped me seeing their artistic direction but also the practical aspect of how they gather their funding or what makes the magazine successful. I even find the story about how it was created very inspiring as it was made by simple people that had a strong creative vision and started at the back of their photo studio. And I don’t see how this couldn’t be me in a few years’ time.
Filming the ad for Elg magazine for the zine project was also quite interesting as it was the first time that I really had to take into consideration the filming part of a film and not just the editing after. I used my own camera and had to deal with the settings and then the creative direction, which was fun in an unexpected way as I expected it to be much more stressful than it really was.
For the interviews for the zine, but even after that I have had the chance to meet some amazing people and go to some lovely events during the course of this project, which has also helped me in picturing myself fitting in within the vast industry of fashion and especially the London fashion scene. This confidence is definitely a characteristic that will stay with me forever as it definitely helps me in taking what I want and achieving my goals.
Before this unit I was still ambivalent about what I want to do with my future and whether I intend to return back home to work or stay in London or even move to New York, which has always been my dream. But as sometimes being a foreigner it is difficult to picture yourself really setting station in another country even if you’d lived there for a while I still had my doubts. Most of them have now been wiped after I’ve seen how much I have to gain from staying in England and trying to work there and what I could give back to the industry as well.
Going to London Fashion Week and getting to meet some amazing designers like Jane Carr and Mawi was the greatest motivation I could ever receive. Receiving feedback from friends that I have actually made an impression on those people was actually the greatest confirmation I could ever get and also getting internship offers that I might take in the future was a plus.
Now more than ever I have time to recollect my thoughts, work hard to make even more contacts both here in the short time that I will be spending with Viva and back in Cyprus where I will get to work for the biggest national publication. I see this time as an opportunity to multitask and try to get a step ahead focusing my creative energy to preparing myself for Level 6 and figuring out how to reinforce my brand and the strong idea that I have with the niche style publication about my foot fetish.
What concerns me the most is how I always have to remain true to myself and my aesthetics, I want my work to be me and represent me. It is important to tie the thread together in the end and there is great satisfaction coming from the fact that at the end you can see how it is all linked, how your personality shines through and foremost you see how you’ve grown. As within Design Identity I learnt to dig deep and understand the fact that I am a quiet storyteller, and then through the zine once again I stirred my group towards observing this distinct social group of Scandinavian immigrants addressing my need for observing people and understanding them deeply. I even continued that same theme in Design Identity as I wrote a review about the Scandinavian exhibition in London Fashion Week. And I hope that Level 6 will also link to what has become a mature creative journey.