Day 55: Faith Whiting

From their detailed and passionate description of their creative process to their excitement to start their teacher training course in September, a strong and magnetic love for sharing, educating and creating pours out of today’s fabulous creative feminist.

Please may you introduce yourself and your practice
Hello! I’m Faith (@whiting_faith_design on Instagram), 21 and a recent graduate from Norwich University of the Arts. I have just completed a degree in Textile Design, where I’ve developed my love for digital drawing + combined it with handmade techniques in order to provide a clean yet abstract approach to designs. The next stage in my career is to share my creative passion as a Further Education Teacher, to which I begin my training September 2020 – what an exciting new chapter!

How did you develop your practice?
I studied a General Art + Design Diploma where I further specialised in graphics. Fellow students found using a computer restrictive within their designing + drawing, however, I get so much excitement from scanning in hand generated work, combining it with bold, clean + 2D designs. Without a doubt, I love working into these digital designs further, this is where my Textile knowledge gets involved. By layering hand generated techniques onto designs, the shapes, structures and composition can completely evolve – so there’s never a dull moment.

What inspires you and why do you love your practice?
The juxtaposition between the harsh, integral + powerful structures within Brutalism/ Architecture, compared to the soft, delicate + ever evolving cycle of nature fuel my inspiration. My main focus when drawing + designing is the form, shapes + tones, allowing me to take an abstract approach to the textures + marks I’m making as well as my compositions. 

What does it mean to you to be a creative feminist?
Being a teacher will allow me to share my creative passion, as a role model to students for creativity + design. To be able to share a knowledge or skill is so rewarding and inspiring, as much as our influential social media platforms. As a creative feminist, I want to encourage others that there are no boundaries within art – be it race, age or gender. It unites people + as a creative community, makes us stronger.

I truly would love to sit in on one Faith’s classes when she begins to teach because it is so clear that a strong love for her practice as well as other creative forms will effortlessly guide her teaching. I am so excited for Faith as she begins this very exciting journey so please show her some love and support by following her page @whiting_faith_design and by commenting your thoughts below. We love your gorgeous work and words Faith!

If you would like to work on a project with Faith please direct message her via Instagram.

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