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Lucy Venning

In 2018/19 I was recuperating from a serious illness and started to teach myself web design and how to use design software, just for fun. The creative part of my brain started coming back to life after years of being submerged by following what society told me I should be doing. I followed my heart and went to university to study graphic design.

I like to use a variety of techniques, to create digital art, including photography, painting, mark making and found items and am heavily inspired by grunge design and my other passions, music, architecture and pets. I’m always learning and experimenting with ideas and techniques and so my portfolio is a pleasant mixture of styles.

I believe that design can speak for and is for everybody. Art is everywhere and anything can be inspiration. I want to be able to make people think but also to make people smile. I want to create designs that encourage an awareness of the bigger picture, be inclusive and show diversity. I want to challenge the way we live, feel and think for the better. In an interview with The Guardian in 2013, the musician Thom Yorke spoke about ways in which he dealt with his depression which also helped with his thinking about his work in the studio.

‘‘’Just being looser in your thinking allows you to avoid fixed ideas.’ … He has come to discover that the best things that happen musically are ‘often when you’re super-unsure and kind of flailing around. You just work at it and wait.’”

This sums up my approach to design perfectly.

On your face, 2021