Cass Art in Glasgow is now open for art! Whilst exploring our new home, we took some time to chat to Mustafa Sarwar. Mustafa is a Communication Design student at Glasgow School of Art, a born and bred Glaswegian and wonderfully articulate in sharing how special the city really is.
What made you choose GSA for your studies?
Having grown up in Glasgow I saw first-hand the creativity and innovation that comes from the students at GSA, something I was keen to become a part of.
What has been your favourite part of studying Communication Design at GSA so far?
I love the freedom of expression we are afforded and how open the briefs are. My class is full of people with incredibly diverse interests yet we all seem to have one important thing in common: the desire to fully explore our own creative identities within the realm of Communication Design.
What inspires you most about your city?
Glasgow has its own sense of humour, it marches to the beat of its own drum. There’s always an exhibition to go to, an artist giving a talk, a meeting of minds to attend, a good club night to enjoy. It’s a city full of character and boundless energy.
We agree! But what is your working process like? What inspires you?
I’m inspired by everything from fashion, to films to music to the people I surround myself with and the city itself. When I’m working I try to have as much fun as possible and I always know that if I’m not enjoying what I’m making/doing then it’s probably not going to work out. I like to talk to people about my work because I don’t think creativity can exist in a vacuum; it’s all about how it’s perceived by others.
What are you hoping to achieve in your creative career?
I don’t know exactly what I want to be doing when I leave GSA, that’s partly the beauty of it. I’m there because I want to learn more about myself as a creative practitioner and I’m hoping that by the end of my time there I’ll be in a better position to answer that question. My interests lie mainly in still and moving image so I imagine I will end up doing something in either/both of these areas.
Check out more of Mustafa’s work and photographs on his blog.
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