Jennifer K. Oliver

Speculative Fiction Writer

Category: Personal: Art and Craft

Becoming a Student Again (Studying an MA)

I’m so thrilled to accept a place on the MA in Graphic Design at the University of Hertfordshire! It’s an online part-time distance learning program, so I will remain at home and in my full-time job. The course spec is here. Crikey, I couldn’t be happier about this! It’ll provide me with invaluable new skills and knowledge, and help with my career goals and my freelance business. 

Term starts in September and I plan to update my blog here at my website and my Linkedin page frequently with my findings and developments, and also talk about life as a part-time, online mature student. It has been a long time since I’ve been in education but I thrive when learning so this will be a fantastic opportunity for my personal development, too.

The application process was intense, but I had oodles of help from friends Yvonne AnisimowiczDavid Cooke and Charlotte Jeffery! Their support and encouragement (and faith in me) was incredible.

Big Life Decisions

It’s both scary and exhilarating making big life decisions, especially if that decision could result in major changes to your day to day life. When I was younger I didn’t particularly like change, but as I’ve grown older I’ve come to embrace new scenery and new experiences. On the flip side, when you’re older you tend to have more and greater responsibilities, and a big change can impact every part of your life – from work and hobbies to running a household and relationships.

I would say, if you’re young, don’t fear change. Surround yourself with people who encourage you to do what you want to do and who support you as you make your way through life.

I’ve also learned over the years that I’m happiest when learning, and thrive in an environment that facilitates the broadening of the mind and development of skills. This is tied in with my chosen career path (graphic design), something I do for a living but also because I simply love it. Creativity is such a massive part of who I am that it makes sense to continue nurturing it throughout the course of my life.

I’m about to start the ball rolling on a big life change, something I have wanted to do for a long time but have never quite been in the right place (professionally, time-wise, and personally). I’m not going to say too much yet as nothing is set in stone, but I’m hoping to be able to update this blog more regularly at some point with more graphic design and creative content.

For now, wish me luck!

Mother’s Day Creativity 2018

My mother always loved that I made her cards in school when I was little. This is something I’ve never grown out of and I still try to make her cards whenever I have time. To mark Mother’s Day 2018, I spent Saturday afternoon making cards. One is for my mum and one is for my boyfriend’s mum.

Mother's Day Cards

My mum loves cats and sparkles, and my boyfriend’s mum loves labrador dogs (she got sparkles too, regardless of whether or not she loves them). Can you guess which card belongs to whom? We took my mother out for lunch and gave her the cat card, then went to see Jon’s mum afterwards. I’m so happy they like the designs.

Materials used: card stock, a glue gun, brush pens and some diamantes that I originally bought for my fingernails.

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