Making a living – Kate Morrons




After meeting Fig Taylor I couldn’t ask for a better ending on this Making a living day. It was truly an honor to mee the artist, designer/illustrator Kate Morrons . As some of you probably know her already, I was absolutely astonished by her presentation and work. She talked about her career as a designer and went step by step with some advice for us illustration design students at the metropolitan London. She started by saying that style doesn’t really define artist, it’s what motivates you, what your strengths are and that nowadays we should try to do something that is completely different, make ugly stuff  since it will define you – the only way to build your confidence to get experience and to talk to people. She then talked about how to negotiate for a piece of work, the answer is in three words rule third, third, third. Third, you should cover the actual time you spent to work, third should cover the thing you need to do your work and the last third should cover the profits.

Also, as a freelancer to sustain your life you also need to pay your taxes.

In your cv you should be able to show your skills specifically, document your work every time you do a piece, don’t use a photograph on your cvs, don’t let people describe you. She also added that putting the date of birth is not necessary simply because you could also get discriminated by your age. I will remember her speech, it really helped me to understand things in a different way.

Making a living – Kate Morrons

Making a living week with Fig Taylor


Fig Taylor is a consultant, writer and lecturer in professional practice for illustrators. Although she originally trained and practiced as a graphic designer back in the pre-digital age, she became an illustrator’s agent in 1983. It was such an inspiring meeting and I was happy to have chosen this workshop rather than something else. She presented herself professionally and (she was intrattening too), she clearly knows what she talks about and I will probably consider to buy her book as a good guide9 bible) for my 3rd and last year and life us an illustrator. I love the feeling of knowing more at the difference of few minutes, I was glad I had this chance within uni walls.



The persuasive portfolio – the topic of our workshop and we started talking of style which is something that I have always questioned – be careful she says to don’t change style with being repetitive. During her talk she mentioned quite a few of her consultant experiences with illustrators and that gave us the real impression of talking to a professional.

By giving a fixed order to your portfolio, immediately you make a good impression, so she opened a paragraph asking “what is a GOOD portfolio?” – a good portfolio should underline saying “this is who I am and this is what I do and I’m confident about it” How many pieces do I need to have in my portfolio? There is not a specific number, what she said was that you should be able to show your variety of work by choosing finished illustrations, without bombing the people in front of you, so with that use your common sense.  She also spoke about confidence, if you are not confident about a specific piece, just take it out! Don’t include a piece of work that you cannot physically replicate, you should not show it in the first place! We moved to talking about sizes, keeping everything portable, small, light and if you are printing your work, consider the portfolio box. Digitally, present a website, a blog, preferably on a tablet which is easy for the client to see and zoom in and out easily. Do not mount your work too heavily, as long the mounting does not overload your work is fine. She then concluded with “the only thing that should shine is your work not how you present it” – I absolutely loved everything she said, and it was a great experience for us to meet her.  Online portfolio website. 9 easy way to put a blog togheter) Read these, super interesting!


One of her book ( that I recommend everyone to buy)


Making a living week with Fig Taylor

Core Workshop, field research

Core Workshop of the day reunited some of us in little groups and we needed to record and collect data within a limited map that was given to us by choosing the route. We went to Spitalfields Market, just a few meters away from uni and interviewed the merchants that were getting ready to install their space for the day. Took pictures of them, sneakily draw their expressions and photograph the surrounding buildings. Of course, if you are working with friends and people that you think are interesting, the project can reveal as even more interesting. We had fun while collecting material and once we were done ticking off all the requested objects from our list, we went back and chose a corner of our studio and nicely curated it as a little exhibition display.

This project encouraged us to collaboratively collect data on a field visit and translate the found data with the aim of communicating an informative and visually appealing story. We brought back material from various designer and merchants, their interviews and surroundings in order to recreate Spitalfield Market on that specific day. We thought that by looking at our final display, anybody would immediately have the feeling that the people that worked on it were walking through the street of that market which on that day was dedicated to alcohol free drinks expositions and correlative arts for the Dry October festival.


Core Workshop, field research

Gender Equality Research


 Digital Women’s Archive North C.I.C. is an arts and heritage organisation, delivering a programme of community-based projects and research relating to gender (culture, heritage, spaces, equality, social participation, wellbeing). [DWAN] supports women and girls to identify, collect, disseminate and celebrate their cultural heritage through Feminist creative and digital interventions. Women and girls are empowered and skilled to be active citizens participating in culture and heritage, and wider educational opportunities.



The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) is an autonomous body of the European Union, established to contribute to and strengthen the promotion of gender equality, including gender mainstreaming in all EU policies and the resulting national policies, and the fight against discrimination based on sex, as well as to raise EU citizens’ awareness of gender equality.


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Funke Abimbola, senior lawyer and diversity leader in the UK, will be talking about women owning their ambition and being up front about what they want in the workplace.
A look at the life and work of Helena Markson, a pioneering printmaker in post-war Britain whose work – like many female artists across history – has been largely overlooked Ahead of the first ever Women’s Equality Party Conference in Manchester this weekend Jenni talks to its Party Leader Sophie Walker about the progress the Party’s made since it was formed less than two years ago. Plus, as part of our anniversary celebrations Lauren Laverne has done us a playlist – 70 tracks for our 70 years – today it’s Girl Groups. A look ahead to tonight’s Late Night Woman’s Hour which this month is about friendship. And what does the book: From Frazzled to Fabulous: The Man Who Has It All have to tell us about everyday sexist language and attitudes.

Gender Equality Research

Market Ready IP 4

We were welcomed with an important announcement about our final pitch presentations to Accelerator, that will take place next week at Entrepreneurial Spark. After a lot of excitement, myself, Rose and Noah went to one of the biggest art material shops in London for us to buy and finally build the ring binding part of our product. As said before, it was not easy to keep going with this project, but with perseverance we were able to go back to uni with ALL the materials bought and some extra experimental materials in order to go back to the studio where Chris, the tutor was kindly going to help us assembling the prototype.

Market Ready IP 4

Hot House Talk – Joe Prytherch

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What an amazing way to finish a uni day – a fantastic presentation from a now freelance designer and illustrator from London, who previously was an art director of the online music platform of Boiler Room, worked for Stones Throw Records, NTS Radio, Island Records, Stüssy and Rinse FM. I’m very pleased to able to discover new designers through our university and today Hot house talk was truly inspiring. Joe Prytherch- Mason London.

He went through many of his career projects and it showed some growing in its own development and projects. One of the works he has done that impressed me the most were a video animation, that follows an angelic super hero protagonist, “a working black mother, performing socialist miracles for the people of London while carrying her child on her back” and it was absolutely delightful for your hearing and visually senses.

“Love when music videos sync really tightly with the music behind them” as found on

I would really recommend everyone to go and have a look at his great website and his work! ———->

Hot House Talk – Joe Prytherch

Market ready Final prototype

It is true when people say that “you learn by experimenting”.

With this first project I realised that we would not be in the spot that we proudly are if it wasn’t for the myself, Rose, Damahn and Noah that have worked hard and showed interest in every single step we have taken.

Creating a prototype was the most intense and mind blowing task I have done in the last few months. It is by getting practical that we realised how difficult it was for us to build a proper mechanism.

Research, experimentation and tutor advice was essential for us. We are ready for our presentation that would be done at the accelerator building in East London since we have our newly built prototype with a new material, new mechanism and it does do holes – we are very proud of that!

We had to think quickly at a quick solution in order for us to bring a complete prototype rather than a unbuilt and fragile one for the accelerator day, so we chose a new laser cutting room, a new material (acrylic and thick perspex),  a new mechanism and here are some picture of how we have, step by step, built the hole puncher.


Market ready Final prototype