“The first word that comes to my mind is intense. Very intense,” says Nash when asked about her experience at CSM. But at the same time, she appreciates being constantly pushed to better herself. “I generally enjoyed the experience, but I think that’s purely because of some of the people that I met there, and because I was doing prints specifically. I was also constantly being pushed past what I initially believed I was able to do, which made it very difficult, but was also very helpful in terms of getting me to an elevated point.”
No matter how fruitful the experience has been, it came with some bumps on the road, too. “I think the biggest challenge that I had was kind of figuring out how exactly to pace myself. Like any other designer, I always wanted projects to be the best thing I’ve ever done. But especially during COVID, when we had no access to facilities for a long time, I was rarely able to finish a project on time.” Nash believes tutors should also be more diverse, especially when there is such a varied student body. It would make it easier for all of them to develop their ideas, since they are often informed by their origin, sexuality, gender, and religion.
“I’m so used to always having insane deadlines to meet, and not having that is very refreshing. I can breathe a bit for the first time in a long time.” – Clover Nash