This week I have been partly pre-occupied with considering the ways in which I wish to move my garment project forward and internship applications for 2021. Balancing the two has made me think about the importance of my art practice in relation to future career prospects. The lockdown period has led me to believe that for me personally, an art practice feels like a self-fulfilling venture and often I find myself feeling blinkered. Whilst I have learnt how to craft intricate maquettes out of wood, to use analogue film processes and sew garments with industrial sewing machines my outcomes have been for me, and me only. 

Having spent the lockdown period working in teams, collaborating on projects and creating and moving PPE across the UK I have learnt skills that will last me a lifetime and will easily transfer into a professional working environment beyond my art school education. 

When it comes to considering the ways in which I present my work for assessment purposes what once was an exciting opportunity to create display cases and experiment with arrangements in project spaces now feels somewhat irrelevant, particularly given the circumstances we find ourselves in with the Coronavirus lockdown procedures. I complete my work and file it for assessment in the knowledge that my art practice reflects a small part of a bigger picture. I do not want to be an artist nor do I want to sustain a practical art practice but I do wish to apply my creative eye to a sector that supports others, that has an outward rather than inward way of responding to the world. 

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