Saturday saw my first class at Central St Martins. Quite frankly it feel like it’s going to be the best thing I’ve done all year – I feel (re)-inspired and like things might actually be possible after all.
It may only be week one, but the format of the classes and the topics we’re going to cover (more detail later) fill me with complete confidence. Short courses can sometimes seem a bit suspect, but here I get the impression I am going to be taken seriously and that there is a level of mutual respect. Above all, the tutor knows what the fuck she’s talking about. My only concern is that work and other such inflexible commitments (mainly sleeping) will get in the way of me dedicating as much time as I’d like to this. I suspect I shall start burning the candle at both ends, but that I’ll be more than happy to do so. Cutting and sticking, after all, has always been my most hallowed pursuit.
A fair portion of the session on Saturday was given over to coming up with ideas for the first brief. I really enjoyed this (I’d even go so far as to say that it was revelatory) because it’s the first time I’ve ever been in a space completely dedicated to creative thinking. More than anything, knowing that you are now only limited by yourself is at once both terrifying and incredibly exciting. “You mean I don’t have to use Gill Sans if I don’t want to? Awesome! But cripes! What font *should* I use..?” Flippant example, but I hope it makes the point.
And you know what else? It feels like it’s going to be incredibly supportive, too. One of things I found entirely disagreeable about the MA at Bristol was the fact that I had no peer discussion about my subject, because no one else was taking the course except for me. Working by myself has never exactly been a problem, but I really think I would have benefited from figuring things out with people who hadn’t been experts in their field for the past 60 years. Besides, I think its good for me and my only-child ways to be forced into group situations, so I’m really looking forward to hearing what other people have done, what they think about my work, and how I deal with criticism that comes my way. It should be revealing, to say the least.
All in all Saturday made me very happy. I left feeling stupidly excited and grinning from ear to ear. Not a bad start, not at all.
Brief 1: Sign of the Times: The Way We Live Now
I’ve had lots of ideas for this, some extremely time consuming and others not.
Even though there are only a couple of days to get this done in, I’ve set myself a challenge because I think it’s one of the better ideas. Thanks to the support of friends I’ve found almost enough people to take part; I now just have to orchestrate fitting everyone in at the right time. I’ll be updating my progress online as soon as things are underway…wish me luck.