After graduating, what were your first steps?
I was very lucky because a few people took interest in my degree show and I was offered some meetings and an internship at a design studio. I was just saying yes to everything at that point. I had decided early on I was going to go freelance in order to juggle my various passions, so I could teach risograph printing part-time at CSM and do design work on the side.
How did you find your first freelance role?
I was working in a branding agency who had contacted me after seeing my degree show. This work lasted a few months, but I was still living with my parents and I was finding it really hard to stay motivated. I realised early on that I struggle with working from home and I needed to have somewhere else to go otherwise I couldn’t focus.
I was also working more and more with Rabbits Road Press, which is what I really enjoyed, running the Open Access Sessions, doing private print jobs and facilitating workshops. I loved this side of work and felt so lucky that I was able to design and do printmaking – and I was making enough money to survive, which was a blessing in itself!
It wasn’t until December 2018 (six months after I graduated) that CSM actually purchased a risograph machine, but it lay dormant for five months – to the students dismay, until I was employed on a semi-regular basis. The inner workings of CSM are very complicated and I had to continually prove myself before they would listen.