Five minutes have gone since I departed Leeds station bound for Hastings. I cannot describe the emotions I’m feeling. It’s a mash up of excitement, nervousness and fear. I can say though, that it feels right. I’m Jack Booth, a 22 year old recent graduate from the Batley School of Art, a small independent art school in the north. I graduated from BA (Hons) Fine Art for Design, which is a degree like no other. If I had to describe my time on the course, I could only use the words unique and bespoke. It shaped not only my practice, but who I am as a person.
For the past two years, I have been working at Starbucks, firstly as a part time job throughout university, and then full time when I had graduated. Starting at 6am for an open shift, and finishing at 11pm for a close was not the best feeling in the world. Tired was an understatement. So after some contemplation, I decided to leave my job, pack up and move to Hastings.
I am now ready to start the next chapter of my life. As someone who has never lived away from the family home, I am lucky enough to be able to have friends who have made a living doing what they love, all over the world. One of them being Mel Elliott. (www.ilovemel.me) Mel has provided me with the opportunity to work and live with her and her family in Hastings. If you haven’t already, you need to check out her work.
I look forward to meeting new people, trying new things, and generally being in an environment that will allow me to put all my focus on my creativity.
Although I disagree with the whole “It’s Grim up North”, because it has always been my home, I am very excited to start a new life in Hastings, and I have no doubt it will live up to my expectations.
I have no idea what’s in store for me, but I’ll be sure to let you know.