Hi. I’m Nia. I’m a graphic designer and a mum of three. Oliver, Ava and Maia. You can see them, with my husband and I, in the photo to the left on my graduation day at Bangor University in 2016.
I haven’t always been a designer. But I’ve always been creative. I left school after doing a GNVQ in Health and Social Care in 2001 and went to Uni (Bangor) to train to be a nurse. It took almost the whole 3 years for me to realise that nursing wasn’t for me. So I left the course with a diploma in health care and a lot of experience. It was also around this time that I met my husband David. He worked as a web developer for a company down near London. It was thanks to him that I found what I was truly passionate about, so when I moved down to live with him, I enrolled on a part time evening course studying art and graphic design at HNC level, whilst working full time in a call centre.
I loved every minute of the course. The lecturers were amazing and so enthusiastic about their specialist subjects. One lecturer in particular was especially good at history of art, so a class trip into London to the Wallace Collection was probably one of those moments in life where you think “yep, I’m in the right place, doing the right thing”
Towards the end of the HNC, I gave birth to Oliver. So my husband and I decided to move back to Anglesey in North wales, to be closer to family. then along came twins, Ava and Maia, so career stuff was put on the back burner.
Fast forward to 2013, and It was time for me to go back to university again. I wanted that degree certificate!! So I studied for a BSc in Design and Technology with QTS. Not 100% sure if I wanted to go into teaching afterwards, but wanted to keep my options open. I completed my degree in 2016, gaining a 2:1 in Design and Technology.
After finishing my degree, I worked on some freelance work, and also worked full time for Anglesey County Council as a Graphic Designer and Digital marketing officer. I absolutely loved working for ACC, but knew that freelance work and running my own little business was where my aspirations were.
I now work from home, full time, and have been able to work on some very exciting projects. I love to work with clients who understand what goes into a branding project, but I also love to work with people who don’t – that’s where my teaching experience comes in handy!!