Here at It’s Nice That we spend an awful lot of time talking about, thinking about and writing about creatives but ultimately we don’t get too many chances to really see what goes on in their day-to-day working lives…until now. Our new collaboration with super-cool eyewear brand Ace & Tate is taking us inside the studios, and inside the minds, of a host of some of our favourite creatives.
Over the course of the next six weeks, our #ThroughtheEyesOf project will give us an unparalleled insight into how six creatives see the world and how that impacts the way they create work. All six will be producing a bespoke poster themed loosely around “Graduation”, and we’ll be getting up close and personal with their progress over on their Instagram accounts, before the final pieces re unveiled at an exhibition later this summer.
First up is the incomparably brilliant set designer Sarah May.
Could you sum up what you do in a single sentence?
I’ll try!- I create sets,sculptures,environments and installations for brands, magazines, advertisers and personal projects for me!
What do you mainly use Instagram for?
Mostly for my work, ideas, inspirations.
When and where did you graduate from? What are your memories of that?
I have fond memories of my bright sculpture studio within the Fine Art course at Birmingham. I loved the sense of collaboration I got from studying Fine Art and I remember walking round other friends’ studios getting inspired. There was also often a huge sense of frustration and plenty of creative blocks! Looking back now feels full of nostalgia for a time when anything felt possible!
How do you feel about opening up your creative process in this way?
I document my process for myself most days and sometimes put parts of it on Instagram, but I’m mostly quite private about the work I do in the studio.
Give us a clue what we can expect from your artwork?
Stutters of colour.
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