Wednesday, 24 February 2016

ANOTHER update

There are two reasons why I haven't posted lately.

One- I have been super busy with interviews for uni and college work
Two- I haven't been feeling my best, mentally, so wanted to take a break.

The latter comes after having my interview at Leeds College of Art. I am in love with the university. It is perfect for me and the course seems outstanding, but they rejected my application to study there. Due to one thing or another, the rest of my application process hasn't gone fab. Whilst everyone else at college has offers, I have only received UCAS updates about my applications being 'unsuccessful'. The only other person applying to art college in my year keeps coming into art with positive news, whereas I am still waiting for some good news to tell Emma (my art teacher), after waiting since I sent off my UCAS form away in November. Anyhoo, I'll give you a run down on some of the things that I have recently done.

Heading back to the car with my portfolio after my interview

On Valentine's Day, my parents and I drove down to Brighton for my fine art painting interview the next day. It was a long drive, but Brighton was a lovely place, despite me having a virus! We had a walk around after we arrived and booked ourselves in at Pizza Express for later in the evening, and then went back to the hotel for a rest. The next day, we had to be up bright and early as I had to be at the uni for 9.30am! Luckily, there were only two other applicants being interviewed that day, so it went quickly. I also got told that the staff were so impressed with my online portfolio that I submitted  alongside my UCAS form, that I was one of only four applicants being interviewed straight from A level!!! (That is worthy of the extra exclamation marks). Following my interview, we headed to The Breakfast Club for lunch where I had a halloumi sandwich and fried potatoes; which was super tasty. We then looked around some shops in the Lanes and Snooper's Paradise, but sadly had to head back to the hotel early as I was feeling so run down. 

A couple of days after returning from Brighton, we headed into Durham to buy chickens for Jasmine's birthday present. She got a white silkie chicken called Clucky, and a goldtop called Pecky and they are really sweet additions to the family.
I have also been busy with revision for business, finishing my coursework for art and photography as well as my contextual study for photography and beginning my two exam projects for my AS and A2 fine art- so a fair amount of work!
I am heading off to a vintage fair in Newcastle this Saturday to take photographs of strangers for my A2 exam unit, where I am exploring people's perceptions of each other and how we judge what people look like. One of the artists who I have been inspired by is Hanna Ilczyszyn, I came across her work on The Jealous Curator blog and I love the techniques and colours she uses.

Hope you are all well, 

Holly Olivia x


  1. Great pictures! Hope everything goes better soon with your studies!

  2. So sorry to hear about Leeds but Brighton sounds promising - love the coloured houses x

    1. Brighton is gorgeous but it wasn't in my top three choices so I am going to stay in Newcastle and do a foundation degree for a year then reapply next year x

  3. Oh my goodness, those chicks are so cute ❤️


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