What was the inspiration for the approach you took to your designs?
The inspiration for my designs is manifold. I use my own experiences and that of my friends and also use art as a tool for therapy. A lot of my designs are based on the intersections between systems of oppression such as race, gender, sexuality and disability.
My mental health has impacted me a lot throughout my teenage years and I have used various artistic practices to channel my energy, including dance. I aim to develop my artistic skills through creating more intricate pieces that reflect my life in my final year of university. I like to be able to relate to the people around me and feel like I can do this through my illustrations.
What was it like seeing your own designs across our social media and email platforms in the lead up to the night?
It was a good feeling to see them, and I really enjoyed being able to create promotional content as this is something I hadn’t done in the past.
How has working on this project benefited you? Has it helped you improve your skills or gain new ones?
By working on this project, I have gained a lot of confidence in my ability to sell my art. When I started @juxtajams I wasn’t so sure if I wanted to make money from it as it was never a thing I started expecting to receive money from. However, after some convincing from my friends back home and interest from people wanting to buy my work, I decided to give it a go and have never looked back.
At the moment, I am really busy with university work but I hope to be able to produce more content on Instagram and products when I am a bit more free. I have also met some friends through the project including Natasha (our Equality and Liberation Officer) and some other people from the event that bought my prints, one of which I saw recently which was nice and unexpected !