We are so excited to be collaborating with Casey Rann to create a new collection of products with her beautiful designs adorning each unique creation. In celebration of this, we thought we would let Casey takeover our blog in an interview style so you can get to know her better. With us she shares her background, what life is like after University and advice for other creative graduates.
Tells us about yourself, where are you from, what do you do?
I'm a recent graduate currently living in Worcester. I'm a very creative person who enjoys spending time drawing outdoors in the sun! I have always taken a creative path, ever since I can remember, so it was only natural that I ended up graduating with a creative degree.
When did you go to University and what did you study?
I studied Graphic Design and Illustration as a joint honors at the University of Worcester from 2016 until 2019.
What did you enjoy and dislike about University?
I enjoyed having more freedom and independence both with moving away from home, and also with my work. I really enjoyed seeing a huge development between the work I produced in my first year compared to the work I produced in my final year. I loved being able to combine the 2 courses I wanted to do into a joint honors, which allowed me to produce more varied work.
How did you feel when you graduated?
Excited! I was looking forward to the next step forward to a career in design. I was also quite nervous though, as there was a sense of uncertainty as to whether I would get a job I want and having to quickly sort out a new flat to live in.
What do you think your University could have done to prepare you for life after graduation?
Offered classes which explained the ins and outs of freelancing to everyone, not just certain students. This would have been helpful so it wouldn't have felt like you had to learn everything yourself after you graduated - which can be quite daunting!
Did you struggle to get a job after University?
Yes. You end up being under qualified in design and creative roles, however are overqualified for part time work in a coffee shop or as a receptionist etc
How did you overcome any difficulties after University?
Tried to remain positive. Everything always has a way of working itself out. As long as you put the effort in, you will find something.
Tell us about your favorite project at University or personal
I thoroughly enjoyed my Final Research Project - which was my dissertation equivalent. This was because I got to create the entire brief myself and so chose to focus it around printmaking, which was something that suited me well. I decided to create patterns from lino stamps to represent different hobbies and interests. I used these stamps to print onto notebooks and tote bags.
Why did you want to collaborate with Eclectic Ocean?
Because I thought it was a brilliant idea! It's such a good way to build up your portfolio whilst also getting paid, which helps to support you as a designer or illustrator.
What would be your advice to other creative graduates?
Start looking for jobs before you graduate. This is just to get an idea of what is out there and to prepare you more for when it comes to putting together your portfolio. Also create your CV before you graduate too, so you can start applying to jobs straight away!
Anything else you want to mention?
Do what you enjoy! Even if you end up in a job after university that isn't exactly what you wanted or expected, don't give up on your passion! Do a bit or freelance on the side, or even just set your own briefs for fun.
The new Eclectic Ocean X Casey Rann collection is coming soon, make sure you follow our Instagram for the latest updates and launch date.