PATHWAYS TO THE ARTS - Initial steps

This week I invited a wonderful intern into the studio from the University of Exeter Cornwall. They run a scheme called Pathways to Arts & Heritage. BA English Literature and History student Tia Jade Woolcock was selected. Its been amazing to have her help the studio - I asked her to write a little bit about her experience.

‘What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?’

- Vincent Van Gogh

For a while now I’ve pondered on whether I should seek an internship. Before I had lacked courage and confidence. I felt that these schemes were synonymous with stifled offices, smothered creativeness, all monochromatic. However I had made an oath this summer to welcome opportunity. Therefore I finally applied to the Professional Pathways Arts & Heritage programme with Exeter University; here I was led to Emily Juniper!

Juniper Bespoke Books flourishes neon colour and genius. I’ve been able to use my proficiencies in writing and research to contribute to Emily’s imminent projects. I was also able to assist one of Emily’s workshops with the CHAOS Group at the Woodlane Campus on Wednesday, where we made beautiful, traditional Japanese Pillow/pocket books with a stab binding using Shuen Half Ripe Paper, and rich, red cloth - how beautiful!

This week I have been made aware of both the value of the written word, but also the craft of books themselves; the detail and care that resides within the process of book-binding is stunning.

If I had never seized the courage to seek an internship, I would never have realised how far my creative potential could stretch, and how diverse the creative career sector actually is. This week has not been one contained in a stifled office, but one of fascination, neon, and Emily’s beautiful dog, Jessie. And that’s everything I could have wished for.

The Paper Stage - a mini book I’ve spent a year refining - And is often my opening exercise with students - is getting a NEON MAKEOVER!

The Paper Stage - a mini book I’ve spent a year refining - And is often my opening exercise with students - is getting a NEON MAKEOVER!