12th Jan 2024
Abingdon & Witney College welcomed Gee Mullins, an alumna of the Level 3 Art & Design programme, to Abingdon Campus to deliver an inspiring talk for our current Level 3 students.
Gee is a multidisciplinary artist who works with mediums including illustration, screen printing, and ceramics. Her inspirations are drawn from learning about the world and connecting with others through the lenses of gastronomy, travel, and escapism. She describes herself as an artist who ‘celebrates variety’ through her multidisciplinary nature and love of bold colours.
Gee studied at the College’s Witney Campus nearly ten years ago and was under the tuition of Gary Annells, College Art & Design Lecturer, who welcomed her back to speak to his current class of eager Level 3 students.
“College gave me the freedom to explore lots of different disciplines and techniques. I learnt how to use tools, like photoshop, which I still use today.” - Gee Mullins, Multidisciplinary Artist.
Following her time at College, Gee found inspiration and direction through her travels in Southeast Asia, taking up work with a travel company to further enable her exploration. When the pandemic hit, Gee decided it was time for a change of direction, returning to her love of art to start a degree in illustration.
In November 2023, Gee graduated from the University of Gloucester with a First-Class Honours degree in BA Illustration. She was later recognised with the Excellence in Exhibition award from the University of Gloucester, for which she received the prize of a solo exhibition and the opportunity to share and sell her pieces.
During her visit to the College, Gee provided a motivational yet reassuring voice for the students, sharing her own battles with finding her confidence as an artist and her journey to learning that rejection is more often than not only redirection. She encouraged the students to make the most out of their time at college and to keep an open mind when evaluating the route they take to becoming an artist, crediting the time she took to travel as when she found her own style.
With an upcoming trip to Barcelona and the students’ Final Major Project only a few months away, Gee also imparted some words of wisdom to the students. She gave them her top tips for planning their projects, a task to do in Barcelona, and left them all with some final words of encouragement to lean into their differences from other artists as they find their own creative voice and nurture their own sense of style.
If you would like to find out more about the Art & Design courses available at Abingdon & Witney College please explore the links below.