WHAT'S YOUR PROPOSITION | Ayeshah George
With a passion for innovation in art, Ayeshah George joined Plymouth College of Art in 2015 to begin her creative journey in the fashion industry.
We believe that high-quality education for life in contemporary arts practice is the creative catalyst for personal, professional and cultural transformation, and our manifesto includes ten propositions, written by our Principal, Professor Andrew Brewerton, that added to the themes of CREATIVE LEARNING and SOCIAL JUSTICE, define our strategic plans for the future. For our new campaign, we invited thirteen current students, recent graduates and alumni to contribute their own propositions.
Looking for a new adventure, Ayeshah moved from Leicester to Plymouth to step out of her comfort zone and start crafting her future. We caught up with her to find out more about her background and her proposition.
Tell us about your practice.
As an artist, my main goal is to create something that provokes emotion within someone. It can be hard for us to remember that we are allowed to think and do things differently so I use my platform to promote individuality and to inspire others. Art is a great way to educate others and share unique perspectives.
Tell us about your proposition.
My proposition is the infinity symbol, for some, it may represent everlasting love, for others, it may represent eternal and infinite existence. For me, it's a symbol of balance and hope. The light will come back around. Whatever has been lost will come back in a different form. It reminds me to have faith when life becomes overwhelming.
What was the best thing about studying your degree?
I studied BA (Hons) Fashion and came out of it not only with better skills as an artist, but a better understanding of myself. The pressure of an art degree pushes you to reach levels of deeper introspection, the nature of studying makes you analyse yourself in order to improve.
What specialism or personal quality do you feel makes you unique?
They say curiosity killed the cat and sometimes I feel like I am that cat, always searching for depth in everything. I try to keep an open mind, and being born dual heritage meant being born into two different cultures. I enjoy celebrating my background and roots, I also love to find out and learn about others too.
What appealed most to you about studying in Plymouth?
The fact that Plymouth was so far away from home and I was searching to move out of my comfort zone. I saw it as the start of a new adventure - a different city and new people!
Looking back, what advice would you give to new students?
Enjoy yourself and use any criticism as constructively as you can. When studying art you may find you have certain attachments to what you create, but remember that there is always room to improve. Follow your gut, and if you feel strongly about something or recognize something that isn't right, stand up and fight for it.
What's next for you?
Develop a career in design, and find my next adventure.