We’ve caught up with BA (Hons) Visual Communication (Graphic Design) graduate Lisa Wilson who has been awarded The Daler-Rowney Prize for Excellence in Graphic Communication and the Sheaffer Prize for Use of Language in Graphic Projects!
I graduated September this year, with a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Visual Communication (Graphic Design).
Although I graduated just over a week ago, the course ended in May and since then I’ve been focusing on freelance work, mainly building my paper art portfolio. I’ve worked on a number of client commissions as well as several self-initiated projects.
At the moment, I’m working as a freelance designer/paper artist under my company, Lisa Jay Studio, based in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. You can find me at lisajaystudio.com.
My studies have been invaluable and the skills I’ve learnt from the course lay the foundation for my handcrafted work. Although paper art isn’t conventional graphic design, having a firm understanding of the subject means I’m confident when starting a new project and with each piece I create. As well as practical skills, the course also offers employability and self-promotion advice, something I’ve found especially beneficial when heading into the world of freelancing.
Walking away with a First Class grade was pretty awesome! As a mature student, it was a personal achievement that I’m very proud of. But overall, I’ve been given the opportunity to develop and expand as a student, which has allowed me to find my niche and focus my passion for handcrafted design.
The next step is to open a studio/gallery space in my home town, somewhere that will also offer workshops - not just for paper art, but all crafts and arts across all ages. My time at the University of Wolverhampton has shown me the rewards and enjoyment that come from learning new skills and trying varied practises and I’m very interested in helping others to explore and develop their creative side, whilst continuing my own journey as a paper artist.