The interests that I have developed so far are using letterpress, Adobe software and making collage.
I have been to the letterpress workshop quite often, sometimes not even for using letterpress but just for having some talk with Klara and Andrew, the technicians there. I like to sit by the huge window in the workshop and usually Klara will take out her speaker so that I can be the DJ and play some relaxing music for everyone. Most of the time, Klara would be so busy that she need to deal with 3 or 4 people at the same time, but she would still squeeze some time and help me with what I am doing at that moment.
Before I was at collage, I have never used any Adobe software, first because of the price, second because I have iMovie and some other editors that were already included in the computer. But after I got in LCC, I tried Photoshop in class, and for postcode assignment I used InDesign and Illustrator, I want to learn more about these software so I bought Adobe Creative Cloud to make sure I can use whenever I want. During the winter break, I am planning to at least use two of them and make something for the required collection. By following the tutorial, I think I can make some basic stuff by myself.
For making collage, first I was confused and have no confidence in myself doing it, because I was scared to mess up the sketchbook. However, at the end of this semester, for the Tate modern visit, I did some collage using several material, and I felt proud of myself making messy but powerful outcome. The fear of making the sketchbook a mess was gone.
I applied for design pathway when I was in the interview, but since my interest was photography, I had more photos than other graphic artwork, so my interviewer put me into screen pathway. I do like photography, but that was also the only thing I have been doing for the past few years, so I wanted to develop new skills. That is why I suddenly decided to change my outcome from photography to poster for the very first assignment. I thought although I was put in screen pathway, I will still do what I originally wanted to study, and the choice of visiting letterpress workshop was such a right decision. If I did not get out of my comfort zone, I would not have explore all the wonderful ways to make my outcome in a different practice.
The book that my mother has sent me when I was down was about the importance of remaining confidence of being myself. In this digital era, it is quite hard to not see others life or achievement and not to be jealous or anxious. Sometimes I would think about why I am feeling anxious and stressful without having any reasonable pressure on me, then I find out all of them come from social media. Maybe I saw the singer I like following a personal fan account for the first time, and that is totally not my business but I somehow feel bad. I should focus on what I have and what I can do to make myself a better person then wasting time going through those photos on the social media and making myself anxious. I want a life that is meaningful and purposeful. My 2019 resolution will definitely be focus on what I have and make the most of it.