It is the end of the second year. It feels like this year has been longer that it actually has. I am starting to confuse projects and deadlines. It is all a big mush.
I guess, uni wise I didn’t really have a break between the second and third term.
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Bumpy start. The first term was very professional. I didn’t really know what to expect, but since the first year was very practical in the sense of learning skills and taking part in workshops, I was hoping for more of that and direction. I didn’t really feel that I knew (still know) enough to produce something amazing. But I guess that all comes with practice and testing and wanting to do so. Being away has given me time to think about it, in relation to my practice and what I would like the future to be for me (professionally). I have discovered or confirmed how much I like working with my hands. Designing and being part of every step of making something.
My Erasmus experience has been good, for me. As I said, I do feel like I have lost quality learning and experiences in some other areas. The quality of the University and the staff in Cardiff is way above. From organization, to skills, materials, information, equipment.
On the other hand, I think Italy is a much richer country for arts and history. This I have soaked in. I have visited other cities (Rome, Verona, Bologna, Florence,etc), I have read about their history and through them I have lived different parts of its culture, its people and their very unique way of living and doing things. The being Italian is not easily described. It has to be lived to sort of be understood.
And my time here is coming to an end, but I have a lot to look forward to..
THIRD YEAR GRADUATION SHOW AND DISSERTATION!!!
(also I get to see my mum after 5 very long years)
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So I handed in my Dissertation proposal and I am happy with my result. I always expect to do worse than I actually do.
Writing it felt good. Organizing my ideas was a lot more complicated. But I know where I am going.
Being here has given me a lot of time for reading and preparing. My Kindle has saved my life (or my degree). I would not have been able to get a lot of the titles I needed to write the proposal.
I am happy with the way I have blended my Dissertation with the ideas I have for the Final Degree Show and this gives me a good sense of direction.
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For next year, I am really looking forward carrying out my designs from paper to physical. I feel as I have put enough effort to get something really good.
I have been looking at a few companies who produce materials that I would like work with, so over the summer I hope to start testing so next year I don’t loose my mental sanity and motivation.