“I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.”

– Winnie the Pooh

Gemma Lowe

I never thought that I would get to University, so getting to experience it and seeing my studies through to the end has been my favourite accomplishment. University has given me the opportunity to grow as an Illustrator and find my voice, I am now a more confident person because of the Illustration course at Worcester.

I have been inspired by the lecturers, who have only ever been encouraging and supportive, this has allowed me to experiment with mediums I wouldn’t have used before such as screen print. I have found a love for print and mixed media, using different approaches in my work to create texture. I now know that I want to work within surface pattern design and homeware design but I am most excited about becoming a freelance illustrator and being my own boss. In my first year I was stuck in monotone; too afraid to implement colour, now I can’t wait to apply bold colours to my work. I think that my evolution within colour makes for a good analogy for my time at university; a confidence in myself and my own work which has grown over time – not without its bumps along the way.

However, I appreciate every bump because that bump, and all of the subsequent bumps to come will be important learning opportunities. I’ve learned to embrace the bumps.