Thursday, 8 June 2017

I absolutely love literature in all its forms. Today is the beginning of my literature segment which I’m kicking off with three creative reads I love right now.

Photo Via Frankie Magazine

Spaces is a zine created by Frankie Magazine. Spaces delves into the studios, homes and other creative spaces artists live, work and play. This zine is a must read for artists and art fans alike with a passion for interior design and home comforts.  

Photo Via Phaidon
'Art is the highest form of hope & other quotes by artists'  Published by Phaidon is one of those rare finds I stumbled upon when browsing Waterstones and I knew I had to purchase it immediately. This book is filled with inspirational quotes by artists such as Picasso, Yoko Ono, Ai Weiwei, Tracey Emin and many more. The quotes are split into many different categories. Some of these categories being Advice, Art School, Failure, Money, Sex, Studio, Day Jobs and more. This book is incredibly useful for those days when you're feeling quite low about your creative endeavors and you need a reminder that all artists started from the bottom and worked their way up. 

You can Purchase 'Art is the highest form of hope & Other quotes by Artists' HERE or HERE.

Photo Via Hoxton Mini Press
 Makers of East London is by Katie Treggiden and Published by Hoxton Mini Press. Katie Shares what it takes to be a craftsman in East London where there is increasing mass production. This book offers over 300 pages full of Photographs and Interviews from all the craft makers including furniture designers, spoon carvers, ceramicists, painters and more.

 You can purchase 'Makers of East London' HERE or HERE.



Monday, 5 June 2017

Welcome to ‘The Business Edition’ my ten part series answering the top questions for beginners in the creative field. As well as providing my own insight and opinions.  

When it comes to Instagram there are several stages you have to go through before reaching an established stage. Today I’m going to share a little guide I've put together on how you can grow your business and reach the established stage as a creative. 

If you're in this stage right now, you've either recently signed up to Instagram or your small audience is mostly made up of people you're also connected to offline. I'd recommend following fellow creatives you love and engage with them by commenting and liking their stuff. You can also search relevant hashtags to see what other creatives like yourself are doing at the moment. This way you can slowly become apart of your chosen creative community. 

If you already have a larger following on another social media website, you can share your Instagram content on the other social media site to ensure those followers can find you on Instagram and give you a follow.

Many websites and online portfolio websites supply linking, which allows you to directly link your Instagram page to your social media and portfolio. This is a great way for people to find your Instagram directly from you. If someone stumbles upon your portfolio and likes your work, they are more likely to want to connect with you on other various social media to see more of your work. 

This is a good stage where you hopefully have developed your own aesthetic. If not, it's time to start. Every time you post something on Instagram your following should recognize it's you almost immediately. Luckily, as a creative you should already have something that identity’s you straight away. Most of all, you need to know which content works well for you and your audience. 

So far, you've secured a decent following and have a good aesthetic set up, so what's next? Look into various publications who publish Instagram articles featuring creative Instagrammers. Pitch your account to them, and look into what hashtags they are using as some publications source images they share, you can apply these hashtags to your own posts.

Once you've reached the 5K mark, you've managed to connect and retain your current audience, However there is still room for growth. The explore tab on Instagram is now where you want your content to be. The explore tab shows various content to the user that is relevant to them. This is a great way to show people content they otherwise might not have seen which allows you to find a new audience to view your work. To land yourself the explore tab you need to know what your audience is engaging with the most. The work itself should so all the talking, continue to create great content.

Congratulations, you've managed to reach the five digit threshold. With this you can start to tag brands you feature and talk about. This way you can get them to recognize you and your following. This is a great way to work with various brands you love to earn some cash and may even obtain a prolonged job with them. When you truly love a brand, it's very easy to talk about them.

You can also start to work on getting verified. The little blue tick next to your name is usually out of reach for most Instagram users. Just like Twitter (who also offers the famous blue tick) have a strict rule when it comes to handing out the badge. This rule is that they only verify accounts representing well known figures and brands that are likely to fall victim to impersonation. If you're lucky enough to fall into the million+ followers club, you're more likely to have a good reason for the tick; however unlike twitter and Facebook, there is not application process. So if you land the blue tick, Congrats!

And that's all folks. Good luck with your Instagram journey.
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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Recently I've been thinking a lot about interviews and features I've done and how they may have helped my work along the way - Especially early on when I was first starting out and the idea was quite daunting. So far, I've managed to get a good few including Dazed Digital, Ignant and publishers from other countries including South America and Asia who have also published pieces about my work, which is extremely flattering. 

From very early on I knew I should say 'Yes' to any interview that presented itself to me. This helped me to be more confident in my work as many interviewers gave me the opportunity to explain my work and I could truly talk about something I’m very passionate about. I also was able to connect with other creative individuals and creative companies I otherwise wouldn't have. Saying 'Yes' when it comes to any opportunity can be very important for your growth as a person and for your career. You can unlock doors you otherwise wouldn't have been able to and make connections along the way.

More recently I was contacted by a young lady wanting to ask a few questions for a university project. The questions she came back with were incredible. They were very detailed and she wrote as if she were a true fan of my work, which isn't something I've experienced (so far) when speaking to big art publishers. 

Below are a small selection of some various interviews and features I've had the pleasure to do.

(Dazed and Confused) Dazed Digital - A well-known fashion, art and culture magazine known as Dazed and Confused has a very popular presence online with over 1 million followers. They're online website known as Dazed Digital did a feature about me based off some questions they sent my way. Read full interview here. 

Ignant - This was one of the first interviews I ever did. Ignant is an award-winning online magazine based in Berlin featuring the best in art, design, photography and architecture. They contacted me with a neat idea to do an illustrated interview, where I answered there questions with drawings. Read Full interview here.

Contact With Industry - This is a small project I took part in where the young lady from university was asking very well written and detailed questions. Read the full interview here.

Elm Experience - Elm Experience is a website dedicated to all things culture. They were kind enough to do a small feature on my work. Read here.

Huffington Post UK - An article I wrote about myself and my artwork for the campaign #YoungMindsMatter being led by Kate Middleton. Read Here.

 For more you can check out my Exhibition and Press page. If you'd like to get in contact regarding an interview or feature you can contact me via email at