What’s the best career-related advice you’ve ever received?
Work at your own pace, not at the pace of others. And make the work you want to make, not the work you think others want to see.
It’s vital to make work that is true to you. It’s too easy to feel the need to shift your practice to something more commercial or sellable. If you do work that feels honest and true to you, and using the materials that matter to you, the right audience will come to appreciate and value what you are doing.
It’s essential to do what’s right for you, so if that means taking a break from your practice to work on other aspects of your life, then do that. Don’t feel you’re in a position to apply for opportunities? Wait until you feel confident and ready in your practice to fully engage with an opportunity you’re applying for. But also, don’t let doubt talk you out of applying!
What advice would you give someone looking to do a similar role to you?
If you’re interested in textiles or just being an artist generally, just give it a go. I’ve taught myself all of the textile processes I work in today, and while mistakes happen, you learn from them. Also, I didn’t start making with the expectations of a career to follow. It just evolved naturally, and I think starting without expectations has actually allowed my career to grow far faster than I would’ve ever expected.
Try to reach out to those that inspire you and make connections where possible. Even though social media has its negatives, it gives you the potential to engage with artists worldwide, and sometimes the briefest of conversations can leave a lasting impact.