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During feeds and nappy changes…

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Time is flying quickly and baby is growing fast!! Its the summer holidays and I have been entertaining my eldest with Alton Towers and Loom Bands, whilst thinking about new uniform and baby grows! It was a nice surprise to receive mail from Gareth Whitley (Bodelwyddan Castle), again offering the chance for my family and I to view the latest exhibitions in return for a few mentions right here at my blog 🙂

Just to give you a preview, here is my introduction..

Some exciting work will be shown at this exhibition during 23 July – 28 September!

Watercolours and Drawings: 18th to 21st Century

“This exhibition is the third to be brought to Bodelwyddan Castle from Hastings by Caroline Gee, a Sussex art dealer who has been specializing in Watercolours and Drawings for over thirty years. It will follow a similar format as her previous exhibitions, beginning with the early years of the watercolour school in Britain, moving through the early nineteenth century, the ‘Golden Age’ of British watercolour, and finishing with delightful twentieth Century examples.”

Thomas Miles Richardson, Landscape with Distant Hills

“Featured works on display include some of the most prominent artists who exhibited with the Old Watercolour Society (formed 1804), among them David Cox, Peter de Wint and John Varley. The Victorian Age is mainly represented by those artists who followed in the tradition of the early landscape painters, and will include two large and splendid views of North Wales by William Evans of Bristol. In the twentieth century section there will be another group of the wildlife drawings by Eileen Soper which so delighted visitors last time.

An additional feature to this exhibition will be a section of works by contemporary artists from East Sussex, which will include a few oil paintings and acrylics, with one by Royal Academician Gus Cummins who lives just down the hill from Caroline.

You have the opportunity to purchase pieces from the exhibition, as all of the works are for sale. Prices will range from £100 to £10,000, with many for under £500.  We hope that there will be something for everyone, and we will be offering various instalment plans that will help you with the purchase.”

Paul Sandby Munn 1773-1845 Bala Lake with Cader Idris in the Distance Signed and dated 1833 Watercolour

I am looking forward to diving straight into the exhibition this coming Saturday and hope to take lots of pictures whilst learning all about the history of the Artists 🙂 It will be interesting to take a close look at works that have been painted of locations that are local to me, and places that I have been to such as Bala Lake, North Wales.

I have been experimenting with watercolour to bring my latest drawings to life so I am looking forward to exploring how other Artists have used it to colour their work.

 

More exciting work showing now at Bodelwyddan castle…

 

Bob Collins: Shooting Stars

Eric Sykes, 1959 © estate of Bob Collins / National Portrait Gallery, London

“As part of our Summer special exhibitions programme, we will be showing Bob Collins: Shooting Stars inGaleri 3. This is a really enjoyable display that consists of 23 informal photographs of famous faces from the 1950′s/60′s.  As well as offering a welcome dose of nostalgia, we feel that the exhibition will highlight Bob’s skill at capturing spontaneous moments on film.”

 

After my visit on Saturday I will be blogging within a few days to tell you all about the above works..dont miss it!!

 

see you soon 🙂

Final Module..

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The last few weeks of my time at Glyndwr University are flying fast!! It wont be much longer before that chapter of my life ends ready for a new one to begin! My final assessment will roughly be around 8th May and then I am due to have my baby on 15th!!! So right now, every minute of everyday is very valuable to ensure I am ready for that final assessment but also ready for the new edition of my family to enter the world!

Just briefly, I have been very lucky with this pregnancy as everything has run smoothly and therefore I have still been able to carry on working on my degree.

The final module is mostly based on portraying a professional practice with my work so that when I leave my studies, I will be ready fr the big, wide world of illustration. Some of the things that are required to show my professional side are designing a website, creating and printing business cards and postcards and creating a portfolio to a professional standard. If I am honest, a few weeks ago I didn’t feel ready to build a website, It wasn’t really that long ago that I discovered my natural drawing style and therefore I didn’t feel that I would have enough of that style to display within a website. I went ahead with the website anyway as it was part of the module and I’m glad I did! It has given me a new goal and more to aim for, I feel quite excited that I actually have my own website and find some inspiration and drive to draw more illustrations to fill it.

You can see my cards on my Twitter page and I have also created a Facebook page! The Facebook page is brand new but I am working at filing it up very soon.

I have been looking at Children’s Education for the final module, to complete the negotiated study number 2 and I am really excited about the characters that I have created so be sure to follow the next few post where I will upload the process of creating them!!

 

 

Kiminspire-Kim Project

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Many moons ago, I wasn’t the strongest woman in the world, I was very shy, had very little confidence and practically zero self-esteem. You could say that I was a frightened little creature that hid away from the big wide world!! It was a difficult life, living with my insecurities but behind them I had some good qualities that I didn’t feel I could embrace and therefore I threw myself into my local women’s center, Rhyl north wales, for help and guidance. At the center, I was offered many courses such as a confidence course, assertive class and an endless list of classes including things as basic as cooking, walking, social groups to more functional classes like access to university and much, much more. I took a confidence class, the assertive one and also at the time a digital media class. In the mean time i read books to help with confidence, and understanding depression and anxiety and pretty much anything within that kind of spectrum. I didn’t know what exactly I was aiming for, just that there was  tiny amount of drive and ambition hidden away behind my insecurities. I picked up a few quotes on my journey, one being..“If you don’t know where you are going..then any road will take you there…”. Now, looking back, I can see the truth in this quote. At that time of my life, I really didn’t know where I was going, but rather than sitting still I kept moving and as a result, the choices I made then have contributed to where I am today. The courses I had taken and books that I read have changed my outlook on life, changed the way I think and also, I didn’t know that the digital media course was an access to university course!! So when I had completed the course, and was offered a place and interview at Glyndwr University, I was in absolute shock! Still, that was another barrier to cross and I still had a way to go with my self belief that I was good enough to go to university but that’s another story!

Going to university has not only taught me about the illustration that I am studying, but a lot about life and people and learning, always learning! And opportunities, new doors and possibilities. trailing off, some months ago, my next door neighbor, Annie Donovan, operations Manager at KIM Kindness in Mind, asked me if I would like to facilitate an art class for KIM, the women’s project group. I was again in shock to have been offered such a opportunity, and as somebody who has come quite far in life from needing the help and support of a women’s center just like KIM, I jumped at the chance! I felt comfort in the fact that I myself have been given the opportunity to help other women like myself.

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When conducting the art classes, I have a lot to think about, I try to ensure the class will be suitable for every woman in turn but also relaxing and enjoyable. My aim isn’t even to teach them at this point in time but to help them relax, enjoy themselves and feel good about what they have created.

Next week I will be facilitating a class at the project in mold, north Wales and I have been thinking about a basic charcoal drawing class. The goal is not to see who can draw the best, but just to enjoy the connection that charcoal makes with the paper, some of the women may express themselves through the drawing but the aim is mainly to enjoy just making a mark and having fun. I am really excited about taking the class and look forward to many more to come!!

The centers

I would like to take a minute to say that if you feel that would you benefit from any of the centers, do not hesitate to contact them. They are there for your benefit, they are there to help!! Also, these centers cover a whole lot more than I have described here, I have only mentioned what areas have been beneficial to me.

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Francesca Woodman- Bodelwyddan Castle

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Yesterday I was kindly offered tickets to the Francesca Woodman Opening event at Bodelwyddan Castle!! I am so Excited that I thought I would share with you all!! As Francesca Woodman is not somebody I am familiar with I am taking a moment to have a look at who she is and what she does.

So, who is she?

Francesca Woodman

The photographer Francesca Woodman only lived to be 22 years old, but her remarkable body of work has continued to garner increasing renown in the world of contemporary art since her suicide in 1981. Born to an artistic family in Denver—her mother, Betty Woodman, is a sculptor and ceramicist and her father, George Woodman, is a photographer and painter—Woodman moved in New York City in 1979 to begin a career as a photographer. While her work would remain unknown for the entirety of her life, today she is widely celebrated for her black-and-white depictions of young women, frequently in the nude and blurred by slow shutter speed and long exposure. Many of her photographs are self-portraits—though you rarely can see Woodman’s face unobstructed—and men are an infrequent presence. Woodman made a number of short films as well, along the same aesthetics of her photographs.

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Encouraged artistically by her family from a young age, Woodman received her first camera, a Yashica 2 ¼ x 2 ¼, as a gift from her father, and she used it to take most of her photographs. Though the family lived in Colorado, they traveled to Italy each summer and Woodman developed a love for the country. While attending the Rhode Island School of Design, she traveled to Rome independently to study art for a year. Woodman was also deeply interested in the Surrealist movement and neo-Pictorialism—as seen in the work of fashion photographer Deborah Turbeville—and both movements are evident in the abstraction, motifs, and ghostly air of Woodman’s work.

Her photography was first exhibited at Wellesley College in 1986 after it was discovered by Ann Gabhart, the director of the Wellesley Art Museum, in the Woodmans’ family home in Colorado. Woodman’s first retrospective opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2011 and traveled to the Guggenheim in 2012. Additionally, C. Scott Willis directed a documentary on the Woodman family, The Woodmans, which came out in 2010. Woodman’s photographs are in the permanent collections of both the Whitney Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and prominent artists such as Cindy Sherman continue to cite her as an inspiration for their work.

After taking a look at who Francesca Woodman is I have discovered a whole story about her very short life and some of her family and I feel grateful to have been introduced to her and her work. It is such a shame that the life was short for such a fantastic photographer who clearly had the mind of an Artist 😦 As an Artist myself, in different matters of Art, I  do feel at a loss when I read such things about others artists, like I am compelled towards them in an artistic way.

I find her work very creative and questionable, which I love when I look at work as It draws me in and I enjoy that I find myself interested. By that, I mean that sometimes I can look at images and carry on flicking through to the next but it is intriguing when you actually stop and take an interest and want to know more.

I am looking forward to the opening to the Francesca Woodman exhibition, even more so now and know that I will appreciate her work all the more.

Bodelwyddan Castle and Park

art gallery and historic house in a family friendly heritage attraction

5 April – 13 July ARTIST ROOMS: Francesca Woodman,

the STUDENTS STUDIO and Liberated and Lost (Vivienne Rickman-Poole)

Book your free visit in advance

Creative futures 2014 continued….

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I am now 30wks pregnant and due to that reason (and feeling like the size of a baby whale) I could only manage 2 of the 4 days of creative futures!! 😦 So I don’t totally miss out on the exciting people who have come to visit Glyndwr I have decided to have a look at the schedule and research the speakers anyway.

Wednesday 5th March/ Thursday 6th March

Bex Raven

BA (Hons) Fine Art and History of Art and Material Culture 2002

PGCE Art and Design 11 – 18 2009

MA Fine Art Engaging the public with Art 2011

Bex has always loved Art and has a wide background in many disciplines.

It was her vision that founded Funky Aardvark based on her MA research into making Art accessible for everyone. She is a great believer that Art and Craft should be inclusive and welcoming, but most importantly fun!

Bex creates work with a wide range of techniques yet the thought behind the pieces is often similar. She draws inspiration from her own life experiences to generate quirky, often mixed media artworks. Bex loves to create work which actively involves the audience and often asks them to join in with the pieces in some manner. She often generates interaction via text and encourages the viewer to share their own experiences. Look out for lots of her work in the interactive exhibitions and out on the streets.

Bex plans to further her own knowledge with another return to academic study and write her PhD. She is also working on publishing her first book that will bring out the artistic side in anyone. Most of all Bex continues to pioneer a way through the modern world of Art convincing everyone that really it should be all about having fun.

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I like the way Bex has thoroughly portrayed her unique style and personality within her dress sens and her artwork, she seems to find inspiration in many different areas and I really like her interest in stitching. When I sew, I tend to try and hide the stitching but with Bex, she openly displays her thread which I think gives a different feel. I also love the way she has created hearts differently above by using an actual heart aswel as different shapes and texture.

CAROL RAMSAY

Illustrator turned Installation Artist, responding to site and working with recycled and found objects. I deconstruct forms of everyday life, as such creating and fabricating unusual or delicate works of art. I have a strong belief that contemporary art can be aesthetically pleasing, yet still viable.

“I base my practice in contemporary installation and community based artworks and would call myself an accidental artist activist. I choose not to work in one media, preferring first to discover site through research then also through the art of conversation, breaking down boundaries between artist, place and people. These conversations can then define the media used. The collaboration of ideas can make creativity ever more powerful.”

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Title: It’s a Jungle out there

The exhibition title was ‘Inhospitable’ so taking a book entitled ‘It’s a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments’ I made a play on words and took certain quotes from the book out of context thus making feminism inhospitable.

Again, a totally different artist with another style and views on how she likes to portray art and for her own reasons, I was taken by the book page idea here as I have had a go at something similar myself. I didn’t really have anything that specific in mind, more the fact of how to use old books and incorporate them into another form, artistically, and I can safely say my outcome didn’t look half as interesting as Carols!!

TONY CLARKSON- PUSH CREATIVE

Push Creative Ltd.

“Since Push Creative began over a decade ago, we have gained creative diversity and the ability to create work that is aesthetically, physically and commercially successful. Whether we are working on large or small projects, our approach is the same: original thought, clarity of message and simplicity of implementation.

We are considered a small agency, but it feels like the right size for us to stay close to our clients and build a network of real partnerships with other creative people. All of our clients can enjoy the benefits of a project that has been tailored to their exact needs and we build our team around the project rather than the project around our team. With Push Creative, you’re only billed for what you need and we’re 100% transparent with all our clients.

We work across a wide range of disciplines and we ensure the right creative specialists are working on your project, and you can have direct contact with them, not a third party. We pride ourselves in the close working relationships we develop with all our clients, and we endeavour to make the process as rewarding as the end product.”

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“We had been working with Google on the Line of Site project, a web based architecture competition. They asked us to design an advert for them to be used in series of publications promoting the competition and their software, Google SketchUp. We were happy to oblige and used their actual software to create the 3D lettering model used within the ad. We also included one of the competition

participant’s works that was especially talented in the use of SketchUp to help promote the capabilities of the software for Google.”

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“Deutsche bank needed a series of icons that would sit within specific sections of their website. They had to be bright, busy and striking and all be of consistent size. The client was happy with the result and they were used for many years on the main Deutsche Bank website.”

From the digital perspective I respect the fact that Push Creative have met the customers needs in the above picture for the Deutsche bank. I love the bright, bold colors and also how they have merged different images into the media in an abstract style.

Whilst I was looking for information on Push Creative, I did come across a few other companies with the same name so it was slightly difficult in finding the correct one and making sure that I didn’t mix the information!! But, on my travels through Google, I found a Push Creative website that I thought was pretty cool so I thought I would share it! It is the sort of website that you can interact with, there are even actual moving people doing different things and the back ground music is fun! Ironically this is a branding and design website, check it out!!

CLARRIE FLAVELL

Clarrie Flavell studied at Glyndŵr, graduating in Applied Arts in 2002. Taking full advantage of the ideas – led course, she produced four light-emitting portrait sculptures for her final piece. Since then, having acknowledged her theme, she has based her next steps upon the chance events that have come her way.
                                                               
                                        The Blue Earthworm is a purpose built studio/workshop, owned and run by Clarrie Flavell.
Clarrie has exhibited some of her pretty artwork at Bodelwyddan castle at some point during 2013 and also has her workshop situated right next door!!

Creative Futures day 2

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Nia Roberts – Taking Control of your ideas (IP)

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Nia Roberts

IP Manager at Welsh Government

Llandudno, United Kingdom
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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.

PATENTS        TRADE MARKS        DESIGN RIGHTS     COPY  RIGHTS

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.

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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.

Abbie Carter

Creative/Digital Designer

Norwich, United Kingdom
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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.
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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.
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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!!!
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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.

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Creative Futures week 2014- Glyndwr University

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Photos taken by me unless stated otherwise 🙂

Today was the first day of Creative Futures at Glyndwr University. Glyndwr arrange for different kinds of creative people from different industries, and areas of the Art industry, to come to the University and give an hour of their time to speak to students within the lecture theaters on site. In the hour slot, the ‘speakers’ tend to introduce themselves and their story and line of work. By doing this, students gain an insight into the creative industry to help prepare for the big wide world after graduation.

As always, Dr. Stuart Cunningham, Head of Creative Industries at Glyndwr, kicked off the week with an introductory speech explaining the importance of the week ahead and how students can make the most of it. He also briefly covered how we should consider the importance of the local economy when we do eventually find work within our chosen sector and also that the economy for Creative Industries is recovering after the poor climate that we faced starting in 2008.

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Launch of the Creative industries website

Ed Vaizey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, marks the launch of www.thecreativeindustries.co.uk as a “website for everyone” in the UK creative industries to showcase their success “to the world”. This speech was given on January 16, 2014, at a launch event held at the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising in Belgravia, London.(you tube)

Dr Stuart Cunningham then rounded his speech off with some much needed inspirational phrases to help us on our journey, and also shown us a slide of his ‘web of inspiration’. The slide shown a web of faces of the people who have inspired him throughout his life, ranging from teachers to films and music.

“TRUST YOUR INTUITION…KEEP IT FRESH WITH INFORMATION..”

    “There is value in breadth and depth..”

“REFLECT ON LEARNING….AND INTEGRATE IT INTO WHAT YOU DO…”

“Be a student…learn while you can…”

I usually do feel prepared for the week ahead right after Stuart makes his introductory speech, he reminds us why we are there and encourages the students to make the most of the 40 speakers who have taken their time to guide us through the creative futures week.

I felt very lucky to have met somebody who has done so well with their creative efforts!

Barry’s films have won over sixty major international awards, including Grand Prix, Best Director, Best Film, and OSCAR and BAFTA nominations.

As well as his films, Barry has directed and animated some 70 commercials, title sequences and animation inserts for films and pop promos.

His book Stop Motion: Passion, Process and Performance was published in 2008 by Focal Press and six of his films with commentaries and interviews were issued on DVD by Potemkin in 2008 as Barry Purves: His Intimate Lives. His second book Stop-motion was published in 2010 by AVA Publishing.

Barry has also given numerous TV interviews and animation training courses and has featured in documentaries and articles for magazines, books and the Internet. He has held workshops about animation, and particularly acting for animation, in colleges around the world, and in all the major American studios including Dreamworks, PDI, Pixar, and Will Vintons. He is a regular jury member and advisor for festivals.

Barry’s early career was in stage management as well as some time as an actor, working in many theatres around the UK. He has directed and designed for The Garrick Theatre in Altrincham, Manchester, The Edinburgh Festival and other venues.( www.barrypurves.com )

After introducing himself and showing us some clips off his work, Barry came across to me as a strong individual who went for what he wanted in life regardless to any difficulties he faced and also not being ashamed to express his emotions through his work. From the clips he had shown today, I was more taken with ‘Plume‘, i found myself engrossed into the short film and I think the music played a part in keeping me interested and gripped. Had the clip gone on any longer I’m sure I would have cried!!

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Sid Madge- The business of Branding

Sid Madge was another speaker that I went to today.

Sid Madge is a brand strategist and founder of Mad Hen. Over the past 25 years, he has worked with many of the world’s largest brands (IBM, GSK, VISA) and run and worked for some of the country’s most renowned creative agencies (Conran Design Group, Wolff Olins, CGI).

At the core of Sid’s approach is a belief in building relationships; forging bonds between brands, their people and their customers. By strengthening these emotional connections, he dramatically improves business performance for the long-term. It’s an approach that encompasses all aspects of an organisation’s brand, from positioning and strategy to visual identity, tone of voice and all facets of communication.”

Throughout Sid’s talk, he couldn’t express enough how important it is to bring emotion into your work, he briefly discussed some key points that draw people, consumers, towards what you have to offer but the main thing what people connect to is how you make them feel. Therefore if you can make a person laugh, smile or even cry when they look at your work, website, design or whatever it is that you do creatively, then you have more of a chance of them remembering it.

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We looked at how colour is used within the design industry and logos, and why they work.Sid also pointed out how far the company M&M’s has come and how they have pushed their boundaries when advertising and connecting with the public. Really, they are just a sweet company but they have gone all out to reach the costumers needs and draw them in. The possibilities really are endless.

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Final speaker of the day for me was Isabel Greenberg.

Isabel Greenberg is a London based illustrator and writer. Her first graphic novel ‘The Encyclopedia of Early Earth’ was publushed in 2013 by Jonathan Cape in the UK, Random House in Canada and Little Brown in the US. She studied illustration at the University of Brighton and since graduating has worked for a variety of clients including Nobrow Press, The National Trust, Seven Stories Press, Solipsistic Pop and Wrap Magazine. In 2011 she won the Observer Jonathan Cape Graphic short story prize.

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I appreciated listening to Isabel and how she has made it where she is today, It is very inspirational to hear other Artists stories. She seems to thoroughly enjoy what she does, and is happy that she has been able to narrow down to the fact that it is the actual story telling that she loves. She spoke with enthusiasm and a great understanding of her knowledge in here field and if I could be like that one day, I would be very happy too!