And it didn’t necessarily feel like that when I was studying, but the world has changed quite a lot. And, you’re in an institution with fine artists, designers, architects – mix with all of those people, Find out what they do. Try and work with them. Go and see what else is going on, soak in everything even if you don’t think it directly relates to you. And then when you leave, it is a matter of persistence, of sticking at it and sticking at it and sticking at it. It takes time, but the people I see who have done so have done well. Ultimately, we’re not here doing accountancy or writing essays – it’s what we love to do. So, love doing it, but do lots of it!
How did studying at Plymouth help you to develop?
I was at the University when the arts faculty was based in Exeter. It was a great place, with a real art college environment. I’m still in touch with a number of friends, many of whom have moved to London, and we’re all still close. It gave me a skillset that has been really useful. The teaching staff gave me a lot of support and I did Erasmus in my second year, and that was a huge turning point in my life. I’d recommend anyone who has the opportunity to do it should do so and really throw themselves at it. I went to study in Italy, and I met my wife there. We’ve been together 19 years, have children, and I get stuff manufactured in Italy, and our friends there have moved over and set up business here. It’s what the whole ethos of Erasmus and the European Union was all about it. So that really was a kickstarter in everything I do.