BCU School of Art Masters student Lily Wales is the founder of Kollage Kollektions creating artistic pieces based on current topics within society and politics.
Over to Lily…
“Originally from Leeds, I came to Birmingham to study Visual Communication at the Institute of Art and Design. Since, I have lived in Birmingham and really enjoy what the city has to offer. Currently I am studying an MA in Fine Art at The School of Art. Kollage Kollektions consists of artwork created by myself. My primary practice is photomontage/collage. Each piece is made by hand and inspiration stems from a variety of places, including current affairs within society. Recently Kollage Kollektions has paired up with Victoria Higginson in order to become Katus + Kollage. As the name suggests we sell cacti and collages, its the perfect combination.”
What’s been your proudest moment?
“The first Kaktus + Kollage stall was a very proud moment. What started as a bit of a laugh turned into something tangible. The concept worked and the public responded really well. Its something we hope to build on in the future.”
What do you think you have learnt the most from your BSEEN journey?
“Learning about the actual mechanics of owning a business has been really useful. As an artist, its all too easy to get sucked into the work so having the knowledge on how to keep up with the books is crucial. It’s important that artists are taught to get paid in order to avoid a burn out culture.”
Most supportive part of the BSEEN programme?
“The team at BSEEN are very supportive, it’s a friendly network to be involved in and I have never felt like any question is too big or small.”
Any advice for entrepreneurial students or graduates that are thinking about starting a business?
“I would say just go for it, you might as well have a go at making a living from what you makes you happy. The bit of advice that has always stuck with me is the KISS principle; Keep it simple, stupid.”
What are your next steps for your business?
“During my Fine Art MA I intend to develop my practice, producing more artwork and developing work in other formats. The Kaktus + Kollage collaboration will also continue.”
If you would like to find out more about Kollage Kollektions and see some of Lily’s artistic pieces you can head to here website lilywales.co.uk