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7 days in Italy – Part one, Turin

We traveled to 3 cities in a week, Turin, Genoa and Milan. I tried to write one blog for the whole 7 days experience but seems I had too many photos, so I decided to make 3 parts.  Here you are, part one- Turin.

We landed in Turin on 22 Sep. It was a gorgeous day and the temperature was a perfect 25C. The city is full of distinguished buildings, such a cultural city. ​ The hotel we stayed in was so beautiful and from our room window we could see a typical Italian street scene,  full of Latin character.

img_2656After coffee I could not wait to go out. My first outfit was the beautiful black lace skirt with a pastel floral pattern from H&M and as it was a nice day I had the chance to wear this cute, off the shoulder pinky top too.

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The second day was Saturday and we went to the main shopping area, where the local youth were staging gymnastic activities on a stage set up in the middle of the road.

 

​​Here they tried to steal my phrase “Fashion is what you buy, style is how you wear it” but it got a little lost in translation :).

We then went on to Italy’s national Cinema Museum which is housed in an absolutely breath taking building which, sadly, you can’t fully appreciate from my photo.

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On that day we walked for 6 hours. It was tiring  but it was really enjoyable.

As our hotel was in the city centre we walked everywhere. On the 3rd day we went to a contemporary art gallery. As an artist, wherever I go, galleries are the place I must go. Very often I get inspiration from all the great works of art I see in these places.

After the gallery, we wondered along  the street. Fallen leaves were everywhere. It seems autumn (fall – for any American readers!) has arrived.

Last thing to do before we move on is have a cup of coffee outside a beautiful street cafe where you can see the world pass by.

img_32653 days in Turin. Love it here. Beautiful city, beautiful people and beautiful food 🙂

​In the afternoon, after coffee, we set off to by train to our second city, Genoa.

 

 

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Finally I Got This Special Hat! – My Graduation Ceremony

It has come to the end of this journey – three years of study at UoN for Fine Art. My time there has changed me. I remember being at the interview three years ago, the head of the art Dep said to me “you will be a different person when you graduate.” At that time I did not understand, what does it mean? But I do now 🙂

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Yes, art has changed me a lot; I became professional artist, I am more open minded to anything.

Art school does not teach you how to paint or draw – They are there to assist you in being creative and ‘think outside of box’. They push you be bolder, more confident, to be true artist.

I must pay great respects to our lecturer team, they are all practicing artists outside lectures. They guide me through dark channels when I am clouded by frustration, and provide me the matches to light my own way.

And I love my friends, the people who the share same studio, go for drinks and inspire each other.

And my family, without them I would not finished my degree. They’ve all been right behind me, supporting and encouraging me.

As mature student, this journey was not easy, but i made it and I made myself proud! I like the saying “There are nothing impossible” – if you can dream it and believe yourself, you can do it too!

 

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The Big Day – The Degree Show

I should have posted this 2 weeks ago, that was our degree show, attracting thousands of people, occurred. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did. It was a big night for every art student, being the result of our three years study. 3 years I now feel went by like a blink, so quick. A lot of joy, excitement tears. When I look back, it was a truly valuable  experience, we inspired each other and we learnt from each other; we went for coffee together, the laughing, the arguments… When the time came close to the Degree Show, we all felt a bit lost – Was this the end of our journey? And this is life. It was also the beginning of our new journey! Whatever I do, wish me good luck! 🙂

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My art work ‘Unpredictable’ is of a political theme and reflects the uncertainty of our future and unpredictable relationship across the world since Trump became the US President.

My outfit also caught a good few glances attention, in particular my little ‘bin bag’ which I bought from ‘TIGER’ stationery shop but painted some flowers on to match my shoes.  Art is about being creative, and so is fashion!

It was a great evening and marks the finale of another page in my life. Whatever story I write on the next page, wish me good luck! 🙂

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I lost my studio today :(

I felt so sad today as I lost the studio I had been sharing with other students for the last 2 years.

It’s been a busy day but after a few hours work it was all cleared out. Some art works had to be binned which was a shame given that we all spend hours making them with passion and faith.

This is the end of our journey and the beginning of our new adventure! I supposed this is life. We think we own something and then we lose it. We have made friends for life. I wonder how many of us will keep in touch here on after?

I have gained confidence as an artist and changed a lot in the last 3 years. I have made some good friends, learned more skills and above all, I have grown a lot as person. I love art and I have a passion for  fashion.  For me, holding onto this passion for life is important. To be innocent, adventurous, curious and above all else, happy!

I’ve never grown up, but I will never stop growing!

I love the Univeristy of Northampton and I’m already missing my studio, which is weird as we will be having our Degree Show here in 3 weeks! Scary and excited!