It’s funny how life works out: the journey takes us to places we weren’t sure we would revisit, yet here I am, back in the UK (or more precisely, Wales), just an hour away from where I originally started my BA studies.
It feels like I’ve only been here a few weeks, yet more than half a term has already flown by and it’s already so close to the holidays. How did this happen? I am unprepared for the year to be so nearly over!
I have spent the last six weeks feeling like it’s just been play time, drawing geometrics shapes, sometimes using only rulers and not free hand, which I found oddly freeing (pardon the pun), working with block colours and different line weights.
I am now starting to work into the bigger project for the term. It feels like we’re just starting, but in reality we are smack in the middle of the term. However, now I am finally able to work with digital images and am experimenting with repeat patterns. I also worked on the laser cutter this past week, something that I am definitely rusty at, but that I know I will be working more with in the future because I can get a wonderful quality of line that is not achievable any other way. It does feel a little bit all over the place at the moment, but I do think that’s mostly in my head. In the end it will all come together, but at the moment my brain feels like the beginning of a mind map with little bubbles everywhere.
It’s really never easy settling into a new place, although I should be a pro at it by now. Nevertheless, it’s always difficult settling into a new city: where to buy what, making new friends and sorting out all the little things that you never think of if you don’t move, such as purchasing a phone plan and finding an apartment (and all the ensuing problems that go along with it), but after having been here for six weeks, things are starting to settle down and I can really focus on my work. I’m looking forward to printing more as I’ve now exposed one screen, although I was rusty and the coating left something to be desired, but with practice I will get there and I’m excited to do more and print a repeat pattern next time.
It’s really lovely to be back in a world I know so well, yet with new insight. I’m happy I’m able to bring my newfound knowledge gathered last year at the Centre for Textile Research in Copenhagen into the mix, seeing with new eyes; it is something I find very freeing. In a way, this is a freedom I’m not used to experiencing.