How to carve your own creative path by putting yourself and your community first.

My name is Callum. I have a BA in Illustration and an MA in Communication Design from Norwich University of the Arts. I run a small creative studio called Site Collective which takes on adhoc design, illustration and the expanded arts commissions as well as running events that provide a vital hub for local creatives to network, sell work and collaborate on live briefs. I also work as a freelance copywriter and PR agent.

After struggling through a dysfunctional school system which didn’t support my learning style, I learnt to be fiercely independent and proactive in my approach towards my professional and creative life. When approaching the end of my BA I noticed that there was no support network available for recent graduates and decided to step up to create a platform for everyone to stay in touch and begin to build a community around. It started as a singular art exhibition and pop up shop showing illustration, design and art which me and my close friend and talented animator and illustrator Dominic Lovegrove collaborated on. We worked so well together and managed to create a firm interest from our peers and wider local community by selling over £1,000 worth of small artworks that we decided Site Collective was here to stay.

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Since that day we’ve branched out our network hosting four shows with different local creatives as well as expanding into various social events which provide a more casual environment for our creative community to engage with. The business has grown naturally allowing us to take on printmaker and illustrator Julia Triay Sarasa and we now sit at the centre of a large circle of hugely talented local creatives and industry professionals. Part of our growth can be attributed to our niche filling a gap in what is a relatively quiet city, but the other part can be firmly attributed to our open and approachable attitude. This attitude underpins our ethos, that if we can help others then we will in turn get help from others.

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There is a lot to be said for collaboration beyond just sharing resources and audiences. It can teach you whole new ways of working and understanding different creative skill sets. You can then build yourself a support network of specialist talents centring around yourself. In our experience this sense of community will always go further than you can imagine.

Obviously, it is important to remain strict and at times ruthless when it comes to functionality of the business but we very much like to consider ourselves firmly rooted in our community. This is what drives our practice and is both our passion and profit. We have more recently set up commissions for local creatives and in turn been set up on commissions. Norwich is a great place for us as it hosts people who very much agree with our grass roots and community focused ideas.

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We recently received funding to help us grow and put on what will be our biggest and most industry focused event yet. We aim to provide a platform for young people to grow their creative careers in a similar way to us by putting their communities first. We will be hosting an event featuring market stalls, live crits, panel Q&As and pep talks. This will aim to be accessible and support a wide cohort of young people local to Norwich wanting to start a creative career or just pursue a passion. We have dreams to grow bigger into a fully-fledged design studio with printmaking facilities and a physical shop eventually. The future is different but a lot easier when we work together to understand the complex maze that is the creative industry.

www.sitecollective.co.uk

@sitecollective

We have big, beautiful brains. We invent things that fly. Fly. We write. We paint. We create.

I would like to start with the actual definition of art: art /ɑːt/ noun 1.the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

I personally believe that being an artist is much simpler, but requires honesty and focus and a way to express toughts and emotions. I believe that art is a reflection of feelings and emotion. If the artist is happy and excited, he will create something colourful and full of life, but if the artist is sad and lonely, the colours will be darker. I can compare this statement with a walk at an exhibition/museum and those extended minutes that we spend looking at THAT painting because THAT artist is communicating with us and he is sharing his story through his art. However, if we pay close attention to the piece of art, we can always harmonise with the emotions that is expressing.

As we all know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder as Margaret Wolfe Hungerford said, I have confidence that art can be found in anything that involves creativity such as writing a book, making a movie, painting, drawing, making music and many others. Everyone has different views for art, but the most important thing is the product or the end piece. I love to watch art. I love to write anything that is on my mind. I love to read books that other people created. I love to go to museums and exhibitions to explore famous or not so famous artists. I love to paint and relax my mind at the end of a rough day. What do you love to do?

It is all about the environment around us before we start creating. I have a small ritual before I start to write and I would invite any writer to try my easy steps for relaxation and creativity . Firstly, I like to take a cold shower, so I can refresh myself. Secondly, I will choose some cozy clothes to feel more comfortable. Thirdly, I will light up one of my favourite candles, respectively I will take a glass of fresh water and place it next to me, just in case I will be thirsty and I will not need to leave my place of writing and forget my ideas. The final step is to play meditation music and let my imagination flow.

As a new writer, my most challenging time is starting out, but when my imagination starts flowing, I can sit on my chair for hours and write until my ideas are consumed. I used to write short fictional stories and I never sent them out to be published. In the present, I am writing my own book related to my experience as a flight attendant and the adventures I have faced during my years of working as one. I would like to share them with my readers and especially with people who are interested in the aviation field.

As one of my favourite writers, Nicola Yoon said in her book “ We have big, beautiful brains. We invent things that fly. Fly. We write poetry. Thou art more lovely and more temperate’ in terms of sheer beauty. We are capable of big lives. A big history. Why settle? Why choose the practical thing, the mundane thing? We are born to dream and make the things we dream about.” I do believe every single word from this quote and I hope you do too, reader.

Does this mean that I am a genius whose art will be appreciated much later?!

Trust me, in my eyes being an artist and living such a life is an art itself. To manage your time and emotions and to be ready to express yourself through art is often very personal. In fact, making a drawing, you put your heart and soul in it and you give your time and effort. Then your thoughts become visible to the audience and they start to evaluate, to criticise, to appreciate and eventually to love.Well, there are several types of people- some like to exhibit their art, others keep it to themselves until their friends find out their art and inspire the artist to exhibit his or her art. There is a third type of artists who love to do what they do but only a few people appreciate and give value to it. And the last type of artists are those who create some kind of work, but this is rather no one would really appreciate it.So the reason why I am saying all this is to explain that my artworks have been overvalued at my early childhood, later my art was appreciated and seen by my family, and today, in my consideration, the art that is done on a daily basis is situated somewhere between underappreciated and not appreciated at all.

Does this mean that I am a genius whose art will be appreciated much later?! This is hard to say, however I can tell you more about my passion and way of working…


Simple and minimalistic type of art. Usually attention is paid to every single line and when it the way I want it to be i just love it and show it. Well, there are times when a line turns more to the left instead of being straight… in those cases the disappointment is huge and some type of sadness appears inside of me. When a line is ugly there are two choices for me to make- take our the rubber, or throw away the sheet of paper and start to scratch! It varies according to the level of dissatisfaction. But, my style is such and my desire is to create simple and clean art without using rubber. I just feel like it. Furthermore, my teacher is the same type of artist- he rarely uses rubber.

So you can probably imagine how precise and careful my moves should be in order to achieve the desired lines with so much dedication and love. This is how it is done!

Art… It is interesting to do it, it is… it is hard to write about it especially when you have to go in details. As a matter of fact, I know from my teacher that too many different colors will destroy the beauty of an artwork. An artist should stick to several colors and as many shades as suitable. Imagine a warrior… ancient Greek warrior with brown eyes, short brown hair, beard, and a spear in his hands. Behind him is a horse and a lushy forest. Pine trees… Now, the less colors and the more shades of the colors you use, the better will be the final result. So my teacher told me.

Yes, depends on the perception that has to be created, the style of the artwork, more colors can be used. Pop-art for example is extremely colorful and vivid. Definitely not my type of art. However, in case that this is what a client wants to be created, well, the sky is the limit…

I know people who create a single A4 artwork for months. There are other artists who make the same size within minutes. So, what I want to tell you is this: There are rules in art, but there are no time limitations. There are professionalists who know the rules and follow them, there are also professionalists who know the rules and break them in order to make a point, to state an opinion, to express a vision. On the other hand, there are amateurs who do whatever just to get noticed. I have seen this and that and today, at the age of 29 all there is to say about my own art is: dedication, passion and love to every idea. When heart and soul are involved the result will be beautiful!

Not being afraid to voice my opinion

  • Name: Nicolle Knapová
  • Occupation: Poet/aspiring novelist
  • University Degree: Currently finishing up my master degree in Creative writing and publishing
  • Favourite artist: Halsey/ Taylor Swift
  • Favourite colour: Baby blue
  • Favourite sound: Rain

Hi MyBest, Zine! I am Nicolle and I am a poet and a writer from the Czech Republic. Being an artist to me means not being afraid to voice my opinion. Being an artist to me means being able to share stories with people around the world. It enables me to express my feelings which is really important to me.  I love writing about topics such as mental health problems, forbidden love and New York (particularly Brooklyn). One of the biggest things that influences and inspires me the most is music. It doesn’t matter if it is Chopin or The Paper Kites. The one artist that inspires me and influences my work the most is without doubt Halsey. We are both Libras and she is someone I truly look up to. I have been listening to her ever since she released her debut album Badlands. It was love at first sight. When it comes to literature, a big influence for me is Murakami. I devoured his book Afterdark in a couple of days and left me in awe. It really left a mark on me.  I love creating playlists on Spotify. I made one for my debut novel that I want to publish in the next two years. It works as a soundtrack and every time I listen to it I can imagine the story unravel in front of me. But sometimes a really beautiful photo can inspire me just as perfectly.  I am currently hard at work writing my debut poetry collection Aftermath which I want to publish late this year. It is a very personal collection of my teen and young adult life- relationships, family, friendships, unfulfilled expectations and my mental health struggles.

I don’t really have a specific work routine! All I can tell you is that my creativity really comes to life around 10 PM when I want to sleep but my brain just doesn’t want to hear it.  I did spend the whole summer writing my dissertation- three chapters of the above mentioned novel and it was quite intense to write every day. My inspiration really does come in flares. But my writing process always involves coffee and music. I just can’t imagine doing it without it. Oh, and a candle and preferably a rainy morning.

What made me want to be an artist goes back to elementary school when I started writing little snippets of stories. I didn’t have many talents back then but writing was always something that I was praised for and therefore it stuck with me. The very first proper story that I wrote was about two cats that traveled to Egypt only for the one of them to be mistaken for Nefertiti. It was such a fun thing to do and to think I was only 10! Back then I only wrote in Czech which changed when I started high school. I tried writing in Czech but to be honest it just doesn’t sound as natural anymore. I find it insane but it is what it is! I used to be bullied and writing was to me a great way to express how I felt and it was a way to escape the reality. I love being a storyteller and I really hope I will one day be able to do this as a full-time job.

Without art, some people lose meaning

I’m an artist because I’ve always enjoyed books, movies, and art of all kinds. Some
people in my life would say writing isn’t an art but I don’t agree. I believe anything creative that involves someone creating a product or end piece is an artist whether it be a movie, book, article, painting or music. I write because I think it’s fun to do. Watching movies, playing video games, and reading books always gives me ideas. If I really like something and a book doesn’t include it, I write it into mine. I think writing is a good opportunity to put one’s own thoughts and ideas for others to read.


I started doing art at a young age, I drew silly comics of a superhero and filled tons of notebooks of the adventures. I didn’t do art as much in my beginning years of high school but seeing some of my close friends drawing and animating and doing music I began to try it too. I loved music and still do. I then started to try art classes and drawing and reading some more books.


Being an artist is a way to express oneself through different media. To me it’s writing books and stories about things I enjoy reading myself. I love fantasy video games and movies and books and that’s what I like to write about. Without writing, I feel like I wouldn’t have a good drive to continue being productive.


I’m not a professional writer but I do hope to be someday soon. On a normal day I write for a few hours on my book and my online blog. When I write, the story or topics flow out from me and I usually can write quite a lot in one sitting. I apply to writing jobs every day, to hopefully find somewhere that I can show my art and fulfill one of my dreams.


Writing brings me a lot of motivation. I hope to have a book published, seeing my own writing in a store is one of my biggest dreams. I think being an artist isn’t just about professional work, but more importantly it’s about doing something you love regardless of recognition or the expectation of money in return. Sharing something for the world is one of my favorite things about writing. Hearing feedback from others may be difficult sometimes but I think it always makes for good criticism to improve writing.

I posted a writing online and there were quite a few responses to it. Some of the feedback was negative but regardless, I learned a little more about the writing style I have and my writing flow. Even though it doesn’t feel great to see negative things about my own writing, I used that and tried to improve my writing in the future.


All in all, if you love to write or draw or whatever your art may be, I think it’s always a good idea to try it and share it with the world. Without art, some people lose meaning and need it to inspire them. One of my favorite quotes is “a professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit” by Richard Bach. I believe that quote because I think everyone can be a professional regardless of their age or years of experience. It can take just one writing piece to have someone realize they have talent. Sometimes people are overlooked for lack of experience or their age but I believe some younger people with less experience may have more talent than most others.

an Artist’s struggle starts with definition

“”What do you do?- I am an Artist.”
Few people dare to say that. But why? We tend to make everything sweeter so that people won’t ask too much, or will understand. If I say I’m an Artist, they’ll ask again “What do you do?” demanding precisions. If I say I’m a Graphic Designer they’ll assume I draw logotypes and work for free for my friends. If I say I’m a painter they’ll probably think I sell 5000$ canvas that nobody understands… But really, who cares ?
I genuinely think an Artist’s struggle starts with definition. We’re constantly asked to define ourselves, but as an Artist looking for constant creativity flow coming and going, shouldn’t we dissolve any wall or label that may block our flow, our freedom? Isn’t that the whole thing about Art?


So I say I’m an Artist because I am. Everything I see, hear or do goes by an antichamber where it’s processed, analyzed and turned into some piece of Art, an inspiration, a color panel, a quick screenshot that will remain here until enough bended, scratched, thought, re-imagined, transformed, extracted,… I draw everyday for as long as I can remember. On paper, canvas, wood panels, fabric, people… Pencils, markers, pens, paint, charcoal are all part of my quiver. I’m also a musician. I play and compose. Everyday I sit by my window, hands on my piano and I improvise, looking outside. Every piece of music that I hear is decomposed. I try to recognize the instruments, to write the music sheet in my mind, to see the eyes of the musician playing it. For me, both graphic arts and music are related. One inspires the other and vice versa. 


Everything is a source of inspiration. It means I can be inspired by nature, other artists, sounds, dancers, movies, travels… Sometimes I feel the urge to create something. Today it’s a painting, tomorrow it can be a soundtrack, a comic book about dinosaurs or a peacock on the back of a vintage jean jacket… Being an artist means being open to every possibility, every daily life sound, every color, every voice, and never, ever, ever being bored of watching a sunset over the sea (That would be a crime).


I’ve been working as an Illustrator for a few years now. I’ve been told that my style is too miscellaneous or random to be interesting or understood, as you can see on my website : ffringed.com. I’m actually pleased to hear that, because it means I’m not like everyone else out there. It means that I’m always exploring, and also very flexible and comfortable in many situations.I’m now in the south of France, enjoying summertime, family and the Mediterranean sea. I start my day with a good breakfast and a good read outside in the sun. I read stories about the past, other countries, fictions and fantasies. I like beautiful stories about beautiful people. It always inspires me in some way and It’s refreshing. This time is perfect for a little meditation. Then I often play some music or work listening to music (always). I can’t work well with a complete silence. Then lunch, coffee of course and back to drawing and painting. This entire “routine” is flexible. But most of all, it doesn’t work if I don’t go out and stretch, do some sport, swim, go for fresh air, see my friends, or travel for some time. The key is in balance, learning how to treat yourself with good things, with beauty and kindness. The 5 senses are involved, and we must treat them right.


As a freelancer, everyday life is easier and soul-searching at the same time. It’s easier because I free my mind of what people expect me to do and create exactly what I want to. It’s exhausting sometimes too for two reasons : I have to eat, pay my bills, be productive and show results, as said before. I’m also constantly pulled and pushed by different vibes and inspirations, coming from everywhere, and if I don’t control myself a little bit, I work on 5 or more different unfinished projects at the same time, that I end up abandoning. Because inspiration is here to take it when it comes. You can’t ignore it. But also, inspiration needs to be controlled in a way that it’s really effective. Inspiration can be a hurricane. You should know how to read the weather.


Being an Artist is the way of life that I chose, and even if along the way it doesn’t work, I’ll just do something else that I love (Did I say that Artists tend to love a lot of things ?). But I’ll never stop creating.”

Being an artist to me means writing is my therapeutic outlet by Maria Baker

  • Name: Maria Baker
  • Occupation: English Tutor
  • University degree: BA Journalism
  • Favourite Artist: Lang Leav
  • Favourite Colour: Mint Green
  • Favorite Sound: Birds chirping outside my window early in the morning, the clickety-clack sound of the keyboard.

Being an artist to me means writing is my therapeutic outlet. Writing is the bedrock of good mental health for me. It works as an outlet, I spiel my woes, projecting them onto fictitious characters. I filter my experiences into stories, it’s an entanglement of reality shifting into fiction. Somehow laying out my troubles like this, takes me out of the equation and I can see more clearly. It also helps push me into the cold waters out of my comfort zone; it forced me to believe in my skills further. Something therapy does itself is exposing you to the scary world bit by bit.

I didn’t think of myself as a genuine writer right away. It wasn’t as soon my hand could form magical words, going to uni for my degree, when I worked for work experience for a leading multimedia agency, or even when my byline was published in print. It was the time I stepped into the Guildford Spectrum, like every other weekend during the autumn/winter season for a hockey game. The ice rink welcomed me swifter than my friends could with its choppy breeze to the face, and my throat was tugging me the whole time. For months, my friend said my writing was going places. I didn’t think much of a destination at the time, my writing was a timid attempt at trying to crack open a look at the bigger world, the industry was daunting, but it was something I enjoyed. But she was clawing at my potential and had bigger dreams for me, the ones I prayed for but was too afraid to see come true. The hockey game was a mess for the first period, though it needn’t have mattered, as my mind was claiming elsewhere the whole time. I thought: why would I want to change my writing into something daunting? It was the only antidote to my anxiety, and it held my hand supportively through my depression, so why would I shift the scene to make it the antagonist of the story? It was a new reality I had found myself in where anxiety was king, and my comfort was in peril. My friend swung herself around where she was seated in front of me, “let’s go,” stars painted her eyes bright as the lights overhead. How could I say no?

Michelle Obama had once said: “Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility.” If I had backed down then, my writing wouldn’t make progress, and then it wouldn’t have been therapy to me, it would have claimed to be the very device that stunted my growth. It felt like the longest lung dragging walk to the other side of the rink to meet the guy in charge of my future. He was a sweet man, but anyone that held a wisp of your dreams in their grasp marked a little intimidation.

He asked me why I wanted to do this, “it wasn’t because she pulled you into it?” thumbing my friend, he joked. I would be lying if I hadn’t said it was a dream come true if I had got to write about hockey and that I did. I was Bambi skirting on ice as I clambered to my first interview with a player well over 6ft. My hands clammy and my voice jittered as I spoke, but it was then, when I finally said it to myself: “well you did it now, you’re a bonafide journalist.” and believed it.

After this, I called my writing exposure therapy. It yanked me out of my comfort zone, struck a jabbing finger to my chest and went off about exposing my deepest thoughts and fears. Face them and bleed. It’s not necessarily the reason why I write, but the cathartic sense is a welcoming side effect.

My route towards fiction writing began with a rocky start. I was never really good with English, so it was a surprise that when I was thirteen, I had a sudden urge to write my first horror short story, and in the same winks of summer, I branched out further and wrote my first novel-length romance prose. Maybe just a little nudge to how I have become an avid horror and romance writer now. After that, I knew what I wanted to do.

When it came down to earning a living, I became an English tutor. I teach kids about the average age of eight, the wonders of writing. The majority wanted none of it. They were hesitant to tap into their imaginations, but this was the most exciting part of my job, it was to persuade them otherwise, that writing and art, in general, is freeing, it’s therapeutic, it’s an outlet for a lot of people. I remember when I said those words: “you can write just about anything.” How their sullen faces immediately lit up and to my humour, came up with the most whacky descriptions to write. Though, that’s what writing is all about. You word vomit what’s been rattling in your brain and sort out all the mess later. That’s the beauty of it, that writing is about accepting imperfections.

My days usually wrap around my writing schedule, I had just spent a full month of July doing Camp NaNoWriMo writing a draft of my novel. Other moments include writing for writing contests. I do occasionally wonder what really got me into writing fiction seriously. I believe it was when I started reading Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles when I hit gold. I wanted to romanticize words as she did. My interest in journalism piqued thanks to fashion, over the years, my interests have changed, but all the same, I wanted the same journalism outlet.

I say if a person has a passion for something, a strong one, that filters everything else out of your mind, heart and lifts your soul, don’t lose faith in yourself now, go for it.

Language is the best weapon artists have.

• Name: Edoardo Monteforte
• Occupation: Performer
• University Degree: Political Sciences
• Favourite artist: William S. Burroughs
• Favourite colour: Black
• Favourite sound: Sound of Silence


Being an artist to me means playing with reality and nonsense. I live in Italy , a country where being an artist is not considered as a job by a lot of people. In Sicily in particular , we (the artistic lot over here) must fight against bigotry of the local bourgeois. I started my activity as a Performer during my time at University. I understood that I want be the voice of discriminated community and at the same time I wanted to discover myself trough the means of language . So I started writing plays using material from Burroughs to Brecht and then I put myself on stage . First time was awful. Nobody understood the performance, and not being able to access a real cultural scene, I did not have the possibility to have a dialogue with the audience.

After months of practice I started to voyage around the country creating performances with a company. It was truly beautiful. I became a part of the underground performance scene, I was initiated to a world made people perceived as “freaks” by others. Those freaks became my second family. I was constantly inspired by various stories, the knowledge and artistic values passed on, I started to develop new friendships tied with strong bonds. I developed even more empathy through working with the artistic lot.

In my work, empathy is necessary. You are never alone (even where you are alone with yourself) and
you must allow yourself to feel what others might feel. I started with a lot of rereading what I previously have written, searching, modifying, checking if everything sounds good. I searched for the use of words within my body, how my body can portray the words written on pages. I try to use words as movements. Then, if I work with a company, we look for errors, search for conflicts in intentions (to find “harmony” one should unite the opposite), and finally, we can go on stage.

In order to practice writing I use cut outs to create new body of text. Let me explain! Firstly, take a page, find an article that interests you, now cut it down the middle and then across the middle, you have four sections – 1, 2, 3, 4 – NOW rearrange the sections placing section four with section one and section two with section three. Congratulations – you have a brand new article, a completely new page. Just like that you can find a new voice in something old. You can find the hidden truth. I remember one day when I used this method with a page with a political speech on it. You can’t imagine how well it worked. You can find the really intentions behind the power.

Language is the best weapon artists have.

Now I’m a little bit depressed . After the quarantine in Italy, most of Theaters fell in crisis. And we
don’t know how and when we can be back on stage. Maybe we should return to the underground as Man Ray says. I started a blog project (https://insidetheheadofwilliamburroughs.noblogs.org/) to be keep myself inspired. Slowly I hope that we can all hug again and go back to laughing, crying and loving with no consequences.
Hugs from Italy – Edoardo

Art is both personal and political

Being an artist means having the opportunity to be vulnerable and allowing yourself the freedom to share your experiences with a large group of people. However, being an artist  also requires a lot of responsibility as it is the artist who must share what others might be too afraid to share.

For me, being an artist has helped me navigate my identity and invite others to come on that journey with me. Having grown up around traditional gender roles and growing up in a very heteronormative town, my art has been a tool that I am able to use to challenge all of the things that I once believed were static. Being an artist has allowed me to take risks – whether that be through a performance, a digital piece or a poem. My art gives me a second voice.

From a young age, I found myself gravitating towards visual art as a means of expression and catharsis- to understand myself and to be understood better by others. In high school, it was my favourite subject and it was the only thing I really excelled at. This led me to studying my bachelor’s degree in Fine Art, where I discovered I had an attraction to the intersection of language, bodies and technology. I began making videos, drawings, hypertexts (online click-through narratives on a website) and installations about gender inequality and its roots in gender binaries.

Hybrid Thingz, Digital Print, 2020

I have now graduated, and I am still exploring my medium, mainly starting every piece with some form of poem, question, or body of text. During COVID-19, my art has been a means for me to document how the world is changing and how I am also changing. My art is quite personal anyway, but during this time I was able to really open myself up and just hope that others can find something in there that they resonate with. 

What Are You Doing?, Digital Print, 2020

My art explores the idea of softness and fragility, traits which are deemed feminine and equated to weakness. I want to empower the feminine traits that are often seen as less than the masculine traits but had an issue with these traits being assigned to genders in the first place. I like to use feminine imagery and give my work an empowered, unmovable voice. I also love using the internet as a theme and a medium in my work as I feel like the internet is a great place to explore this huge theme of identity because it is so nuanced online.

Normalies, Poem printed on satin, 2019

In my experience, art is both personal and political, just like the internet, really. I personally use art as  a mirror which I can hold up to the world so people can have a closer look at what they see around them and scrutinise things that seem to just be part of everyday life. I want people to have to think and then rethink when they see my work- I don’t really care if they like it or agree with it, as long as I can make them think twice. Finally, art is such a powerful way to start conversations with people, and I think that’s what I like the most about it. Not only can I make other people think, but I have also learned so much from others from these conversations, and that’s really crucial.

Untilted, Illustrations on A5, 2019

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Challenge what you think is the norm

Being an Artist for me has changed throughout my life, from studying in a school wearing
there were constant rules and you couldn’t touch anything dicey to college wear mastery of
technical skills would lead to amazing artwork to lastly university to where everything can be
used as inspiration and you were the sponge, you chose what you absorbed. What you
squeezed out would be the art you made.

Being an Artist means to me what I create in response to what I am feeling, what I’ve been inspired by and causes close to me. Creating something that has meaning beyond the superficial level but into the mind, challenging what you think is the norm.