Five questions for creatives

Jessie Stringer

Jessie recently graduated from studying architecture at Falmouth University and is also an artist in her own right. Co-curating her first exhibition entitled Her Perspective earlier this year, she has taken part in various art fairs, and art direction roles, and connects creatively predominantly through social media. Her work revolves around the abstraction of portraiture and form through sculpture, painting and installation with themes of mental health and femininity. Jessie is actively seeking painting and sculpture commissions whilst looking to get involved with local creative endeavours.

How did you get into the creative industry, and was there a defining point in your career that led you on that path?

I have been passionate about art from a very young age, which only grew stronger through school – I was lucky to have such inspiring teachers and tutors. I decided to study architecture at university whilst pursuing my own artwork on the side. Now graduated, I’m still trying to juggle both and constantly branch out.

Is there anything you would change in your current career and if so why?

I wouldn’t change a thing about the paths I’ve taken or the one I’m on, it’s all beneficial in it’s own way. I’ve spent the majority of my life with a mark scheme dictating my work and it’s overwhelming but liberating to finally be autonomous with it.

Where do you see yourself, and your career in five years time?

I’m not sure honestly. If I stay on track, that would be one year after I would graduate into the last stage of becoming a fully-qualified architect, but I’m not sure the linear path of it all appeals to me and if I had the funds I would be working full time as a freelance artist, own studio and running art sessions in care homes or with children. I guess we’ll see.

Are there any rules or habits that help you do your job more efficiently?

I aim to work for a few hours each day on my artwork when I’m not at my day-job. Making a specific space in which I work has definitely helped to establish a boundary between work and rest and networking through social media is extremely important to gain exposure and new clients. Getting into the habit of only comparing yourself to yourself and not others progress works wonders in your creative mindset.

What tips would you give to anybody who is looking to get started in the creative industry?

Just keep at it. Create something each day, even if it’s a napkin sketch. Learn as much as you can about art history and design movements. Channel anger, sadness, whatever into your work. The business side of marketing your work is vital and sometimes underestimated part of success. Make something genuine and meaningful to you, but don’t be afraid to tear it up, have some space from it, rearrange it and start over again.