New Year, New Blog!

 So here we are 2012. The year that the world is supposedly going to end!

So 2011 was pretty good eh? Quite a bit happened both in my personal and work life. One of my wee brothers got married,an amazing holiday in Italy,my first delve into community arts,my first job teaching adults, as ACJ Edinburgh we organised and curated our first exhibition (which was very successfully recieved), and I was accepted onto the CC Skills Future Leaders programme.

In 2012 I have decided to start a blog as a replacement to my website. Im not just making jewellery anymore, Im doing many things and wearing many hats (This expression is ridiculously overused within the creative industires). The blog will be a space for people to keep up to date on what Im doing in my proffessional life….mostly.

So I guess the first thing to do is reflect on the year gone by.

5 Lessons I learnt in 2011

1 . Planning is key. Plan your time effectively and you will get so much more done.

2. Always have a contract! When renting any sort of space ALWAYS have a contract. It lets both parties know what is expected of one another. It is also a good indicator of the level of proffessionalism the owners use. If they dont give you a contract, make one yourself and make sure it is signed by both parties.

3. Speak for yourself. It’s easy to get caught up in arguements or debates especially when all you want to do is help, but resist the urge to speak for other people unless they have asked you to. You might feel like your fighting the good fight but in reality if what your saying doesnt mirror how other people feel you will just end up looking like a wolly.

4. Good people skills is one of the most important things you will ever have. Talk to people on their own level and be open and honest about what you expect from them.

5. Dont work too hard. As the saying goes, …No one on their death bed ever said, “I wish Id spent more time at the office”.

Photos of new jewellery.

2012 here I come!!!

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