Nia Roberts – Taking Control of your ideas (IP)
IP Manager at Welsh Government
- Llandudno, United Kingdom
- Government Administration
Protecting your ideas – Intellectual Property (IP)
As a student within the creative sector, at some point there will come a time when you will graduate and be let loose into the world to make it on your own. Maybe you will be freelance, or even work for a company but either way you will be responsible for protecting your ideas. Nia’s job role, at the intellectual property office, is to help, so you are not alone and she came to Glyndwr University to spread the word that there is help at hand and also advised what aid is available. These were the four main categories that Nia covered.
Before I met Nia I was somewhat aware that copy right existed or that you were able to Patent an idea and so on but I didn’t realize the importance of the four subjects. The help and protection are there for great reasons and is well worth looking into, I think it is really important that you do make yourself aware of your rights and the rights of others so that everybody can get on with their work with ease and no hassle. On a more personal note, I felt very excited for having listened to what Nia had to say about trade marks and copy rights and so on as I am near the end of my studying, I will be due to graduate soon and the thought that I could copy right something of my own, or create my very own trade mark, kind of made me look forward to graduating and entering the big wide world. I don’t feel afraid now, wondering what might happen after graduation, but look forward to new doors to open, new opportunities and exciting times ahead 🙂
PETER HOLLYWOOD- FILM DIRECTOR
Peter Hollywood has been editor on a wide selection of productions from small scale documentaries to complex special effects movies like THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN, SUPERMAN III, NEVERENDING STORY – as well as musicals, dramas and comedies. He has been fortunate not only to have worked with world renowned filmmakers like Mike Newell, Ridley Scott and Terry Gilliam but also many first time writer/directors.
Peter was a comical character who had the audience laughing whilst he told us his story of how he got to where he is today and the history of film making. I felt inspired to meet somebody who has worked along side other film makers and movie stars and to learn that in his time, he has been within the film making industry from earlier days where he had to cut and make tapes by hand, where as now everything tends to be digital. He made me realize how fast times have changed and spoke of how things will change again and again which I thought was an interesting point to think about for creative people regardless to what industry they decide to work in.
Peter also said that we should take advantage of the digital media that we have today, whether the reason being to help us on our journey, enjoy it while its there on offer or before times change and we don’t get the chance.
- Norwich, United Kingdom
- Abbie is a Glyndwr graduate and she started her career as a sign maker before progressing to general design work for small businesses. She have been working in print since 2004, starting on the local free ads paper and moving to Archant in 2006, where she currently work as a Creative Designer, producing visuals and ad campaigns for external clients and company events.
- Abbie gave the audience lots of useful tips on how to not only present yourself, your portfolio but how to handle interviews and making contact with agencies and companies when trying to sell yourself and your work. What I found most useful and will defiantly take into consideration is not only be yourself, but put your personality across. For Abbie, showing your personality is an important key when meeting new people. She feels that that need to see who you are through how you dress, through your work and how you deal with people. After the short seminar with Abbie, I feel that I need to look at myself and my portfolio and reassess whether both show my personality and there for I feel that I have benefited from her talk and think that he information from her life experiences will be very beneficial to me and my future! So thanks Abbie!!
- FELT MISTRESS
- Felt Mistress AKA Louise Evans is a UK based stitcher and prolific tea drinker who creates a range of one-off bespoke creatures with her partner, illustrator Jonathan Edwards. Originally trained in fashion design and millinery, Louise has brought many of the skills learnt through years of work as a couture dress maker to the world of character design. As well as original Felt Mistress characters Louise has also collaborated with a variety of other artists including Jon Burgerman, Jon Knox (Hello, Brute)and Pete Fowler. Her work has been exhibited in the UK and internationally and in 2010 was given her own window on Oxford Street as part of Selfridges‘ Christmas display.
- Not only are Felt Mistress a business team but they are also a couple!! If I am honest, I was very surprised by their story, of who they are and how they have got to where they are today! I had a basic understanding that they made some kind of felt characters but to meet them in person and listen to their unique story was very inspirational and up to date, the best of the speakers throughout creative futures for me. It turns out that, Jonathan illustrates these unique characters and then Louise makes them! They didn’t set out for things to happen the way the have, they were contacted by Selfridges after doing a display window for a company called Brix.
- The brief was basically that the plush creatures had taken over the store and were to be causing mischief, so I just had to make as many creatures as I could and send them to the store. They were arranged around the store and window, stealing jewelry, pulling mannequins’ hair, trying on clothes, etc. Brix got a big FM vinyl sticker made for the window and made some short videos showing the set up. It was during this time that one of the team from Selfridges saw my work and went into the store to ask for my contact details. So that then led to the Selfridges Christmas campaign and window…
- I don’t really know where to start with this couple, the fact that they are a couple and they collaborate their talents to make something amazing is one thing, what they do make is very unique and has given them some fantastic opportunities! One ope door has lead them to another which is remarkable in itself and it seems luck has really been on their side, although I know it is not all down to luck as they work very hard and put in enormous amounts of effort into what the do. Louise said that as a dress maker, she is programmed to make clothing ‘as it should be’ suits would be lined properly and so on and therefor she feels the need to carry that on when making clothes for their creatures. So if you were to buy one of these adorable creatures, you will be sure to know that you will be investing in quality!!
- The window displays have inspired me no end!! who would have thought that big companies would be interested in dressing their shops with these hand made beauties? They have taught me that absolutely anything is possible!! I love the way that Selfridges had them cased in glass cabinets, giving them their own place and showing off their beautiful details and characteristics. I also thought that the way Brix had used their creativity to animate them by having them pull hair or pretend to steal jewelery from the manikins!!
- I very much doubt that is all there is to now about the felt mistress, and I’m sure that they are one to watch and I look forward to seeing what else they come up with in the future!!!
- There is a huge range of character from famously inspired to their own cute unique individual creatures, you can find them on some of the links below and discover who the characters are and find out more about the felt mistress.