Kate Moross “Make your own luck”

This is going to be a long blog guys get ready.

One of the guest at our “Making a living week” was Kate Moross who is basically a jack of all trades.: art director, designer, illustrator and so on. What I liked the best is the practicality of the talk. She is definitely genuinely trying to help people to start up their career and rather that talk about the work she has done (which is epic by the way) she would talk about aspects of the work that no one ever mentioned before but it’s as important as having skills. Practitioners would normally tell us what they have achieved but never showed us the reality of things.

I don’t suck up to people but this girl is an absolute gem. I love her personality but what I like the best is the genuine and honest nature. She made all of us feel relaxed rather than intimidate with work that she has done but yet threw at us the reality both good and bad of what’s out there waiting for us. When we finish university we will be on our own so starting now is the best solution. I don’t want to flatter myself but she reminds me of me. I am very vocal and I express myself in rather controversial way but that is not a sign of rudeness or arrogance but confidence. I don’t have a great confidence in the work that I make as I have only started last year but generally I am strong minded person and I am being misunderstood very often. What I lack is the confidence in making decisions. As I have absolutely no support from anyone I tend to play safe and need to make sure I remain in full time employment, basically live sometimes is getting in the way of living. Yet I am definitely not going back to what I was doing before (financial sector) so I will keep going for sure.

I know she doesn’t see herself as an inspiration but problem solver, I still believe she is a huge inspiration to people. She is the definition of cool to me: hard woking, confident yet down to earth and genuine. You could sense it from the way she talks.

I do feel pressure because of my age and I know how long it took some people to get to the point they are in now. She started at very young age and I must say when I was her age I took a decision to leave my country which set me back a bit as I started an independent life in a foreign country on my own with very little English. We all have different circumstances but the same passion.

I got today what I wanted: straight to the point facts. She advised us on certain aspects like license for instance when you use someone’s typeface, taxes and very passionately spoke about unpaid internships how unethical and wrong that is. It’s pure exploitation which I totally agree with. That’s one thing I may struggle with is being a junior at work, some may try to take advantage of you just because you are a graduate and new to the industry. Some of the points she mentioned I already know about myself like “what are you good at” or “what makes you you?” “What are your strengths”. All I need to do now is get a grip and start producing more work so as I can launch my website and personal blog. I enjoy studying and learning new skills but the work I produce at university is not something that defines me and I want to be recognised by.

Okey enough of the reflections now. “Making a living week” is not just very informative for me but also motivational.

Even though she didn’t talk about her work here are few examples.

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I think that was her first big job while still studying

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You can see she is not scared to play with colour and fancy typography.

Some collaborations she did:

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Innocent smoothies birthday label 2014
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Moross and Adidas Olympic Park 2012
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Top Shop Oxford street mural 2008

She also has her book launched and our library got one copy as a gift. How sweet.

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For more of her work visit:

http://www.katemoross.com

https://www.studiomoross.com

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