As you can imagine, it has been the strangest first week in a new job and in a field that I am extremely new to and one I will be learning about all from the comfort of my bedroom here in Hawes. But I can honestly say I’m amazed and extremely grateful about how a part of the team I feel already, thanks to everyone making me feel so welcome. Having web calls with the team throughout the week and continuous general chit chat each day in the Team group messenger gives a feel of being in the office together, maintaining that close bond that I know the Purple team to be famous for. Even during these unprecedented times it’s the bond and atmosphere that really made me desire to be a Purple person.
So how on earth did I get here? Let’s track back!
I attended Wensleydale School, in Leyburn, all the way through to achieving my A-levels in 2014. At this point I still felt very unsure of my future and what I actually wanted to do so I pursued my interest in Photography which I’d slowing integrated into my Art A-level work at the time.
This lead me to enrol onto a 2 year B-TEC course at Cleveland College of Art and Design (now known as The Northern School of Art) in Middlesbrough, but from Hawes that would have been a crazy commute, so I made the decision to move closer. My brother and his now wife SO kindly let me stay with them while I studied as they lived in the lovely seaside town of Salturn-by-the-sea and I look back now and think how amazing they are for letting me live with them (I was very lucky). It all payed off too, as I earned Distinction* across the board.
It felt natural from there to continue my studies in Photography and pursue a degree, so then found myself spending the next three years living and studying in Manchester, at Manchester School of Art. Manchester was a far cry from the small town of Hawes, which was a big shock but having that huge contrast in society, culture and general surroundings really helped me grow in so many ways. During this whirlwind time I studied hard and was lucky enough to have exhibited work in Manchester Art Gallery, contributed in various group exhibitions with my peers, had my work selected by external companies and worked in association with large corporations- all alongside meeting fab friends, making memories and discovering all the food delivery services (I could get pie on demand- I love steak pie!) All in all, a really rewarding and exciting time for me.
Come the summer of 2019 I was now a graduate, and for the first time in my life I wasn’t going back to a place of education after the summer and with that lead to a huge mixed bag of feelings. I moved back home to the Yorkshire Dales and sat and posed the question of ‘what now?’.
It made sense to promote my photography and see where that might take me, but I didn’t feel professional, I needed an identity for myself, my work and the brand I envisioned; and so began my journey with Purple Creative Studio.