What do you want people to know about your graduation project?
My degree show exhibits a range of work I made over my final year of studies at ECA.
My goal was to explore how I could use visual language as a tool to educate, empower and eradicate stigma, with a particular focus on changing cultural perceptions of menstruation in the UK. This manifested through a range of prints, editorial illustrations and zines, as well as a larger graphic novel project.
What or who is your inspiration and why is following this route important to you?
My work has been inspired by a number of campaigns from organisations that promote menstrual wellbeing and fight period poverty and stigma.
In recognising the awkwardness, shame, and disgust menstruation is met with every day around the world, I hope my work helps these organisations in sparking conversations, provoking real change in people’s perceptions, and perhaps even helping them find some sense of empowerment in what is ultimately a perfectly natural function.
What has been your favourite thing about ECA?
I loved the tight-knit community that accompanied my course, students and tutors alike, and have certainly made friends for life. Whilst we may no longer share a studio, I have no doubt that we will be cheering each other on in our practices for years to come. There is also nowhere I would rather have spent my last year of studies than a lively open studio with a gorgeous castle view!
What are your hopes for life after ECA? Do you have any plans?
After graduation, I look forward to continuing to use my work as a way of promoting the causes I care about, creating exciting new work with a range of clients, and hopefully continuing to work on my in-progress graphic novel!
Is there anything you’d like to share about your experience studying here?
My time at ECA has given me a great insight into life as a working illustrator, including, but not limited to, approaching briefs, time management and the ability to present and discuss my work with confidence.
I have learnt the importance of perseverance, networking, and making mistakes. Though I am sad to see my time at ECA come to a close, I am adamant that this is not the end, it is only the beginning.