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I bring practical and applicable skills across all aspects of designing and building exhibitions and events and a detailed knowledge of the current art, design and craft world. With an organised and creative approach to projects and achieving goals, I am accustomed to working within deadlines and under pressure, taking the initiative and persevering to resolve problems. An effective communicator, flexible and adaptable to changing priorities and accomplished at building and maintaining excellent client relations. I have a wealth of experience creatively producing events directly with artists, programming across disciplines and fundraising from a mixture of public funding, commercial sponsorship and improving earned income. My commitment to strategic local, regional and national research has led to an understanding of the arts context and community, experience of identifying and managing stakeholders and partnerships, knowledge of funding streams and processes, research experience and evaluation as well as a huge network of individuals and organisations.
Product strategy: Contributing to the definition of the Eyra product visual and functional identity Product research and product design guidance for new products. Trade deals: Advice and negotiation regarding trade deals with the manufacturers of existing products Licensing deals: Advice and negotiation regarding licensing and development of new product designs with product design companies Packaging design
As Co owner of the Design Store I am responsible for the direction of the store and research into new products and designers.
ERDF Delivery Partner For London Style - the project provided specialist business support to design small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Fashion, Jewellery, Homeware and Accessories sectors enabling them to access new markets in the London, UK and international fashion industry supply chain including to meet the growing demand for products demonstrating high ethical and environmental standards.
London Jewellery Week was conceived as a capacity building programme for both the sector as a whole and participating jewellers. It provided participants with an invaluable opportunity to sell and promote their work, meet key players and build client lists
Fashion Expo , Business Design Centre, Islington- Manufacturers Fashion Show
This flagship project established a cutting-edge design show, selling contemporary design and craft at its best. The event was a major part of Liverpool’s 2008 Capital of Culture celebrations . Taking place over 4 days, the show provided access to market for North West designers and crafts people and those outside the region. The show attracted thousands of visitors with approximately 150 exhibitors, including some of the best of new designers, selling their products direct to the customer. The event also attracted major press and media profile for the designers, the event and the city.
Launch event for Gillett Square in Dalston Nov 2006 The opening of Gillett Square was a day of festivities including a high profile opening ceremony with speeches from Mayor’s Livingstone and Pipe. The Master of Ceremonies was Hackney’s Poet Laureate, Adisa. The Square opened with a fanfare from Andy Sheppard’s Saxophone Massive. Following that was an afternoon of Dancing, Drumming and Performance, culminating in Andy Sheppard’s 200 Saxes, an amazing light show and climaxing with Fireworks. additional : Writing the operating schedule and submitting the license application for the long term running of the square long term fundraising and programming of activity and commissioning of new work in the square as part of the Gillett Square Partnership untill 2008.
Design Showcase and CIDA's Creative Links Expo 2006 and 2007 - This lively and interactive event featured exhibition stands, live art & music, a creative industries showcase, industry seminars and practical workshops, the Meeting Zone and Links Cafe.
Fusion East celebrated the extraordinary cultural diversity of the three London boroughs of Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets with one of the largest cultural festivals in East London. Paradise Gardens a pleasure garden for the 21st century. I was commissioned to create a space and decided to build a Creative Play Garden, Village Fete and cafe/picnic area that was child friendly but appealed to the child in all of us. This returned in 2007 with great success.
Conceived as part of the Arts Council Arts Generate project for the Southeast region. My team were selected from 7 other teams to research and create the project delivery plan, budget, sponsorship programme and subsequently deliver the event. This event was conceived as not only as a major cultural event in Southend, but a contemporary design show for the East of England. The show was a selling event, giving a public platform to one hundred British designer makers, ranging from emerging to established names.
East London Design Show was one of the first direct selling events that showcased the nascent hotbed of design talent in east London an opportunity to reach consumers directly. Myself and my Partner ran the show with over 150 exhibitors taking part