Oxford Seal

Some nights I come home after work and just spend the rest of the evening making a piece. This one came about when I realized just how simple it might be to make the seal of Oxford into a paper cut. While it seems like no time at all, I used to live, study, and work in Oxford. It has now been almost 5 years since I left, and 7 since I started my time there. I have very complicated feelings about it, but I'm proud of what I did. None of my family were able to attend my graduation then, but a few wonderful people were there. I remember being one of only two people who graduated with my type of degree, meaning I walked through the Sheldonian theatre with only one other person to the applause of hundreds.

The degree certificate we were awarded is much less spectacular than you might imagine and so I created this as a way of remembering and celebrating. I made it on scrap paper, it's about 30cm/12in square. I'll make it again, but I think I'm going to change, partially, the way I conceived of the belt. The chunkier sections I removed look out of place considering the thin strokes I used to remove the circle and the rest of the belt. It's such an experiment sometimes, seeing what works and what doesn't.