Emma Watson is an world famous actress who takes the opportunity of being famous to use it for something good. Emma started a project called The Book Fairies were she is placing books around in the London underground stations. The reason and the goal with the organisation is to help educate people and also to start a habit of exchanging books instead of piling them up on your shelf after one read, in the same time as some people can not even afford books in the first place. This project has an own Instagram page which makes it accessible to the public. Emma is also an active feminist and once in a while she shows it by leaving books around on the theme of women rights.
Emma and her ongoing project makes me think about how valuable the spotlight is that a famous person has and what an opportunity it is to use that spotlight for something good. Famous people have the privilege of reaching out to a big group of people in a short time, which makes the topic spread rapidly.
This week the editorial illustration project started, which is an very exciting brief that will be useful for my future carrier. My project is anchored to the article “Plastic Bag Fees Make Sense. Just Not to Albany.” posted at The New York Times Opinion Pages in February this year. I chose it because it seemed like an easygoing subject that still include importance.
The introduction workshop was a good start-up for the project. It gave us inspiration to generate loads of sketches and ideas without feeling the pressure of that it has to be done perfectly, but instead putting effort into the ideas.
I also want to mention that I really appreciate the information, tips and talks we already have had in class about our professional futures. That is one thing I have been missing in my university in Sweden, to get some proper suggestions of how to survive after university.