The best places I blagged* myself into in 2012..
|Still courtesy of the North West Film Archive|
*not really, I legitimately invited myself but it does still feel like blagging, see the fraud complex mentioned in the Neil Gaiman video below.
|Image courtesy Contemporary Art Society. Copyright Joe Plommer.|
|Canal & River Trust, Apperley Bridge|
The best people I met in 2012..
|from Eddie Cartwright's research file|
The best work I made in 2012..
Except this isn't true, I despised some of the work I made this year so the answer to the question is in fact: ..is all on my website. It's been four year since I graduated now and this year I learnt that editing my portfolio, and making mistakes, is a luxury I can afford. I made a new body of work outside of a commission or exhibition deadline and I am very proud of it, there will be more of this in the future and I want to work towards an exhibition next year.
What I learnt about myself and my practice in 2012..
I like working with people, collections, knowledge, objects and new challenges; I do not like working alone, making the same thing, or allowing my practice to revolve around its financial income. Jewellery is a tough old game, I won't miss trying to sell it and there's plenty of people out there that do a much better job of it all. I like making things, I like showing people how to make things, and I am glad I tried it out so that I could know why I don't do it any more.
All of this is positive but I am aware more than ever of the precarious placement of my practice between two markets: craft and art. This was hugely exciting to me when I was a student but after four years of busily putting myself out there and picking up bits and pieces of market reception I have had my confidence knocked. In 2013 I will find my place and get comfortable with it, the borders of things and the cross overs are the most exciting after all.
The best advice I heard all year..
... confirmed what I knew already but needed someone else to tell me to do it. I had a great portfolio session with Creative Industries Trafford at the Castlefield Gallery earlier in the year and my action list read: get a studio, make networks, find collaborators. I ticked all of them off during the rest of the year and next time I will just bloody do it.
This is also excellent:
Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012 from The University of the Arts (Phl) on Vimeo.
The best of the bad..
Includes: negotiating a hostage situation of mis-delivered work with my ex land lady whilst we argued with her about a broken bed base; the lady who emailed me just to say my website was awful because it didn't work on her phone; writing about 18 moaning blog posts which will never see the light of day and boring the poor ol' S.O. with it all instead; attempting to switch on a iMac by waving my hands in front of the apple logo on the front and the accompanying text message from my volunteer which may have just read "haha!" (or I may have invented this for comedic effect) and everyone's favourite: centralised finance systems and increasingly high pitched phone calls to various offices in higher education institutions.
Also, this blog had it's fourth birthday this June so (belated) happy birthday faithful friend. Thanks for reading it, don't have too many sherries tomorrow night and get home safe.