Today is my last day as a resident at the V&A. Everything is packed into boxes, ready for me to take home, the walls have now returned to their plain white after having been filled with works in progress and collected postcards.
Six months sounds like a long time, but sitting here at the end of it, I can hardly believe the residency is over. To say I didn’t want to leave would be an understatement. I’ve met countless people in Open Studio sessions, run workshops, trawled the NAL’s comics collections, co-curated a display, worked with many different individuals and departments, experimented with materials, handled samurai swords and perused the collections at length. Occasionally I even had time to make some comics. All in all, it’s been a great six months, even when times were stressful and things went wrong, because it’s all character-building (and fuel for storytelling)!
However, just because I don’t officially live here any more, it doesn’t mean I won’t be coming back! There is still a lot of work to be done, stories to finish telling, comics to read, places to be explored…
I will be continuing to keep up this blog for V&A related work and news, and you can keep up with whatever I do next at my website and blog.
Thanks for reading!
– Karen ^_^