As part of 'The Real Estate' project I was commissioned by Twenty%Extra to create and lead a research and collage workshop based around the history of the Barnsbury Peabody estate in North London. Local people were invited to explore research and collage methods to create pieces that looked at its history.
The Cass faculty of Art & Design
I am the Local Universe Studio Leader on the BA Visual Communication course. & Year 0 Vis-comm Coordinator.
The 'Local Universe' Studio is an illustration studio curated by Nous Vous Collective. The studio has both 2nd and 3rd year students in it.
Twenty%Extra & Dalston CLR James Library
I was asked by Twenty % Extra to run a research and create 'photocopying' workshop during this year’s National Storytelling Week. It was created as part of a a pilot campaign Cut // Copy // Paste in partnership with Arts Council, Hackney Council and Small Green Shoots. Alongside them I engaged a group of young people from Pupil Referral Unit Inspire! Hackney with their local library – C.L.R. James – in Dalton.
The programme’s aim was to help the students tell their personal stories and create their own narratives. Using poetry, illustration and print collage, the project culminated in a collection of A6 zines exhibited in the library – making the experience of forms of print and the library, experiential.
Throughout the workshop programme the students exercised critical thinking, learned about concepts of ‘brand’, storytelling techniques within advertising and music, narrative arches, visual storytelling and how to use steadfast library resources such as reference books and the trusted photocopier to create their vision.
Concept and Implementation of 'Studio Culture ' at the Cass
I developed and implimented a new part of the course to get students thinking about what a studio is! As part of this I commisioned a Cass alumni student Nicole Donaldson to create and identity for 'Cass studio culture' somthing that could be used throughout the year in both print and digitally
The students on the BA Graphic Design and Illustration courses went to visit over sixteen different design, illustration, branding and print studios.
Students will saw ornate studios, shared spaces, messy studios, organised studios, large spaces and small ones! The students engaged with the creatives within these studios as well as questioning the nature of the spaces and the creatives relationships within their studios. All of this research was then documented on a new blog as well instagram and twitter where students could post their own photos and thoughts about the visits and also the development of the studios through the year.