BA (HONS) Design: Applied Art
Studying at Wrexham Glyndwr has given me a whole new set of skills. Before I graduated I had only ever worked in retail, now I run my own creative business and help others to learn the skills they need to do the same. I create high quality, bespoke jewellery based on children's artwork that I sell through online marketplaces and social media. I am also Artist in Residence in the jewellery/metalwork department at Wrexham Glyndwr and recently I have started teaching jewellery evening classes.
The university and specifically the Applied Art course came highly recommended. The content of the course was not only focused on being creative but also on the skills needed to get your work seen, and more importantly sold. My current business was set up as a result of a brief that was set in my second year, in this brief we had to design and market a product and then present your business in a Dragons Den style presentation. Thanks to this I now have a unique business model that I use to sell online.
After graduation I was pleased to be asked to show my work at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff. This was a graduate show curated by photographer Richard Billingham to highlight the best graduate work in Wales.
I would defiantly recommend taking a course at Wrexham Glyndwr. The Regent Street campus is such a creative environment with all aspects of art in the same place. The teaching staff go out of their way to ensure you produce the best work possible. If I had to sum up my experience I would just say "anything is possible". Be confident in yourself and your work. Never stop pushing yourself to create new works. Also, if you sell online be 100% professional at all times as you never know who your customer might be.
My favourite memory of my time at Wrexham Glyndwr would have to be my last assessment for my degree. To receive a handshake from all of the course lecturers and to be told you have achieved a degree is such a good feeling.