Reflecting on 2019

Updated: Dec 10, 2020

Throughout the year I fill in a list of my 50 favourite moments (inspired by The Design Trust), I find it really useful to look back over at the end of the year to see what i’ve achieved. I think it’s really important to take time to reflect on how far you’ve come in a relatively short space of time.

In 2019 I did some things that i’ve never done before, I filled in my first tax return, I attended my first ever life drawing session and I also illustrated the windows at Marketplace Studios.

My 'community' illustration on the windows at Marketplace Studios

I overcame my fear of emailing potential stockists and I gained 3 new stockists from that, including my first ever stockist outside of Manchester (Flamingosaurus Rex). I also overcame our studios being burgled, although nothing was taken from me I was still concerned for everyone else as well as being spooked for a few days afterwards.

Flamingosaurus Rex, Edinburgh

I took part in a few challenges including March Meet the Maker, Inktober and my own sketchbook challenge (to fill a sketchbook per month). I also took part in an Open Studios day and let the public into my workspace. I was lucky enough to take part in some amazing events such as Small Fry, The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair and Sale Arts Trail. I also got to sell my work in some amazing venues such as The Hat Works Museum, The Manchester Cathedral and St.Paul’s Church in Sale.

Me and my stand at Small Fry

In July, I logged out of Facebook and still haven’t returned, I was also lucky enough to go away on two holidays with my family. One trip around the West coast of Scotland and one trip to Corfu- both of which really helped to inspire some of my new work as well as having a well earned rest.

In all, I took part in 13 different events over the year and I feel like my work has grown and developed into something I am feeling a lot more comfortable with. I've added 8 new greetings cards to my collection as well as notebooks, wrapping paper and lino block prints.

If you achieved something big, please do tell me about it in the comments, I'd love to hear it!

#MollyNewport #2019review #yearlyreview

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