'You’re never sure what will happen. That’s the scariest thing on leaving art school because you leave the protected surroundings, and it doesn’t matter how many commercial lectures you attend, you leave and you’re left alone. I think what I’d have liked to have known is that actually you’ll be OK, whatever happens. It’s about accepting that if something turns in the pathway, and moves to the right instead of the left, or does a U-turn, it’s not that there is something wrong with you. Go with it, don’t just stop. Pick up speed with it. If it’s wrong, you will reach a dead end, but it may prove not to be. The most horrific thing happened when I was finishing my BA in Farnham, but it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened. I was using these beautiful moulds, and when we were clearing out the studio, I saw them being filed down to make plaster bats for drying clay. I was completely horrified, but with hindsight, you realise that’s the end of one period of your life and you’ve got to move on. You must leave things behind.'