Last Day at Brockhole

The author at the tender age of 20 with shoulder length blonde hair, sitting at a posh drawing board in an attic design studio

This was quite possibly the best job I ever had, and I wasn't even being paid. In the second year of my HND in Scientific Illustration, I was able to spend the majority of it getting work experience. Through contacts at the college, I ended up at The Lake District National Park's design studio in the attic rooms of Brockhole Visitor Centre.

What an amazing place to work! Starting last September, with the Lakes in all their autumnal glory and situated right on the shore of Lake Windermere, I couldn't have asked for a more idyllic place to be. My key project while I was here was to illustrate bird interpretation panels for Bassenthwaite Lake, although sadly no photos exist of these. I think the illustrations have been used in new interpretation panels since.

I learned a lot about design while working here, particularly the importance of setting up and using Paragraph and Character styles when working on a large document. Ahem.

My final week at Brockhole was soundtracked by 'Animal Nitrate' by Suede. I've also dedicated a Troika Podcast about my time here. The above photo was taken by my Dad, who drove up from Leamington Spa to pick me up.