Sometimes life throws ridiculous coincidences your way. Megan Fatharly lives 20 minutes or so away from my home back in Bedfordshire and by some serendipity we bumped into each other (virtually - Instagram friends) and ended up studying at the same university.
Megan, having completed her foundation year in Falmouth last year, is now studying first year Drawing. Her studio space is a stones throw away from my own on campus and as a result of our mutual love of mark-making, collage and general art appreciation, we've been spending a lot of time together. It's great to have someone to bounce ideas, thoughts and processes off who looks at my work with a different perspective - that of a drawing student, as opposed to my fellow Fine Artists.
Last week we met for coffee and tea at my favourite coffee shop here - Espressini - and then went for a stroll around Falmouth; visiting the pier and the Princess Pavillon gardens. I had my camera in hand, snapping interesting architectural shapes, textures and colours I can use for reference in my work. Megan and I swapped sketchbooks and examined each other's techniques and ideas. We shared relevant artists to our practices, chatted about life in general and spoke about ideas for the student-led exhibition we'll be collaborating for in a few weeks time.
I had never visited the Princess Pavilion before. I knew of it for the concerts, gigs and events that it holds - but never for it's gardens. My current work is quite geometric and different to the organic, nature-inspired work I used to make... Even so, without informing my current work all too much, the garden walk and talking to Megan that day really cleared my headspace and organised my cluttered ideas into systematic, achievable goals.
We both had rumbling tummies by this point so headed down to the Docks to get some food. We ate together and watched the slowly setting sun cast a glowing golden light over the boats in the Harbour. It's not often you meet someone who you instantly connect with - but I feel that Megan and I are very much the same in many ways. We're both guilty work-a-holics, for starters... Getting to know Megan has not only reminded me of my love of collage and print-making, two mediums that I want to get back to before Christmas break, but also uncovered otherwise impossible opportunities for me and revealed a wider community of young Falmouth artists and makers.