What are the most and least enjoyable aspects of your job?
I hate admin. It’s a big part of what I have to do, but planning a timeframe or a budget is hell for me; it makes me very stressed. If I have a full day in front of the computer, I’ll generally feel quite deflated by the evening. When I’m doing a lot of planning, photo editing or website building, I often use “making” days as a treat – that’s the best therapy for me, although things always takes longer than I think they will, so even that can be stressful as I am always pushed for time!
What has been the most exciting project of the last twelve months?
The last year has been so exciting – I have worked on such a diverse array of projects. I created some immersive theatre pieces for a drive-in movie in September which was great. The film Rear Window is all about surveillance and a suspected murder, so I worked with the festival producers to create an experience that made the audience feel like they were inadvertently spying on people during the screening. I had to figure out how to make it work with the film, and in the building itself. I had never done anything like that before, as we started the project thinking that it would be prop based, so that was exciting!
Would you say your work allows for a good life-work balance?
This is the hardest question for me, and something I am always thinking about. I love my job, and I have to be making things or I get really depressed. It’s important to earn a living, but the fact that I get to work hands-on with materials and make some really imaginative things for a living is my life. This does mean that I don’t spend as much time with my friends or partner as I probably should.
What tools do you use most for your work?
My iMac for emailing, designing work, planning mood boards and researching projects; my Canon 100D camera for photographing work in progress, research, and final pieces in situ and my trusty second hand Bernina sewing machine. I also use Photoshop and Permaset Aqua textile paints.