I have attended for 4 different training courses in this autumn at the Museum of London. The half-day sessions explored for the role of volunteering with my museum visitors, young audiences and disability awareness. The sessions are aimed at volunteers be confident about developing new skills and experiences in museum environment. I found the workshops are very useful for my present projects. For instance understanding disability is so important to design a layout for an exhibition that please all the visitors.
The Crystal has finally opened about two weeks ago and I’ve gone down to photograph my illustration work. Here some snippets to have a peek. The red part of the exhibition wall structure is supposed to be a led light that moves like fire. You can enter the structure to read good stuff about technology and how it has improved our lives in urban areas..
Hi all, here’s the final update…
My year away was wonderful. I feel re-energised and can’t wait to be back at LCC, which is very, very, very soon. I’m sad that it’s over: it was hard to pick up the pace of it, and now that I have mastered the limbo of freelancing, interning, competitions, dissertation writing and personal projects, I have to stop it all to dedicate myself fully to university. To anyone who’s reading this who might be considering the same or about to embark on your year out, do not despair, it takes practice but it all be worth it in the end. Looking back at January, straight back in cold old London after three months in Brazil, I saw very little hope of doing anything productive during this year: failed interviews and already booked up agencies, a couple of freelance jobs with clients that were so painful that I thought they were made up by friends as a joke. With time, patience, lots and lots (and I mean unreal amounts) of hard work and dedication, it all came together. It all came beautifully together!
Over the last couple of months I’ve been struggling to keep up with everything: I learnt a lot about many things this year, but I still haven’t mastered the art of saying no to interesting projects or to well-paid bad ones. So I dragged myself in a loop of work where I wasn’t able to manage the amount of stuff I had to do: I’m now slowly getting out of it. Slowly. (I’m not sure exactly how, but I met all deadlines.) It was the most rewarding time of the year, and I loved every single minute of it, even when I’m on my 21st coffee because I’ve been working straight for 36 hours and can barely tell the difference between magenta and cyan.
So what have I been up to?
I printed and bound a lovely book for the wonderful Kim Walker.
The animations I did at Provokateur for Regal Egg Cups went online on The Sabotage Times website.
I volunteered at the Paralympic Games.
I started a project for a fashion brand which the client decided to abandon mid-way, so all I can show you is a bunch of colour swatches.
I worked with Nuno Santos, for his company Savant, to make up one of the best branding projects I’ve been involved with to date! The image shows the contact sheet of our final PDF presentation as the project is not live yet.
My shop and notebooks got featured on Creative Boom, which I was absolutely stoked about!
I applied and got accepted to be part of HTC x Capture Collective collaboration, snapping pictures with a phone that will get exhibited in London later on! (Mainly thanks to my phone-photography blog,here)
I started learning Chinese at SOAS, which I’ll be doing weekly until June.
I collaborated with Isobel Williams to present a proposal to hold a stall in Pick Me Up 2013.
I did lots of little freelance to pay the bills. And attended a bunch of conferences/talks.
Made and sold more notebooks, which you can check out here if you haven’t already.
And I’m now finishing the poster announcing the DPS talks in December, down in letterpress.
I took two weeks to dedicate to the dissertation and research for the self-initiated project, which are now starting to take shape.
And I managed to squeeze two weeks of sunny holidays in the between!
Blogging is one thing that I really need to be accustomed to but never seems to do so, i’m usually more updated with twitter.
So if anyone is on twitter, follow me @phoenixmayor
These past few weeks have been busy with the imminent arrival of 3rd year. *Insert Anxious Face*.
But at the same time I have been doing some things extra on the side for myself.
1 of which is teaming up with some friends I met at Ogilvy & Y&R London for International Peace day.
Leong & Tadas (Ogilvy Creatives) flew in designer Aaron Fein to help kickstart a vision for embassies to replace all Flags into white specifically for Peace day.
We then campaigned by walking & waving the flags around embassies in London.
I’m also working for Social Media Week for the whole of this week. Its a worldwide event that explores the social, cultural and economic impact of social media.
Its also great for Networking.
Got to work at Hubs such as Facebook & Google which is exciting.
As for me DPS has been a great eye-opener, now, there’s just graduating left to do.
So for now, Ciao.
See you there
I haven’t done a very good job at updating the blog with frequency.
However, I have done something that is a compilation of motion work done in 2011/12.
I have made my website look a bit more pro and user friendly.
I had a great time working for film and animation production studios in Brazil and LA. I’ve learnt a lot of new techniques, met a lot of influential people and even got myself some freelance jobs since getting back to England.
DPS IS GREAT \o/
Looking forward to seeing you all again for our most stressful and enjoyable final year in LCC.