Featured by the BBC, Emma Blake Morsi is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Nocturnal, an interactive magazine using the Arts to creatively address social and cultural issues. The biannual publication is a collection of digital stories as an authentic voice for young Creatives to showcase their obsessions and creatively express themselves through the Arts. Juggling her undergraduate studies at University of Manchester, Emma has returned from a year in Germany as the Global Sportstyle Creative Direction intern for PUMA following her nomination as The 2018 Tab Futures 100 Influential Women @ UK Universities. She was the Lifestyle Assistant Editor for gal-dem, and now writes in a freelance capacity. She was awarded 2017 UK Apprentice Of The Year for her work with Bristol's first womxn record label, Saffron Records as well as taking on invaluable opportunities within Rising Arts Agency. Particularly interested in everything, Emma loves to take on new endeavours and most recently published Nocturnal Issue V: Bodies. By being part of Young Arnolfini Emma has worked with international artists and co-lead creative workshops for Arts Council England. She was part of the Situations and Rising Arts Agency collaboration as a Situations Rising digital storyteller for the Theaster Gates: Sanctum project, working with illustrations, photography and live digital reporting. She has been awarded Rife Magazine's 2015 24 Influential Bristolians Under 24 title as well as nominated for Babbasa's EMPOWERED 2016 Award for her Nocturnal work. For the second year in the row she covered No Boundaries 2015 as Watershed's Young Reporter. She was part of the Creative Talent Lab in Bristol and has since written for Watershed in a freelance capacity. Emma had gone on to take part in the shortlisting of the Playable City 2014 Award as well as a speaker for the Making the City Playable 2014 conference. Other roles have seen her styling and photographing for leading independent Bristol-based brands That Thing (Shop Dutty Ltd), Seven 7 and Fawohodie, and co-curating the phenomenal National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition at M Shed.
- University of Manchester Post-Grad & Undergrad Prospectus Cover Stylist- Chief stylist (providing bespoke 1-to-1 style advice pre- and during shoot) - Developing styling strategy and briefs (including creating a photoshoot colour scheme and accompanying mood boards, trend boards and Pinterest boards) - Liaising between models, photography team and the University of Manchester’s communication and marketing team (resolving relevant enquiries and updating those involved)
- Dazed: interview with Constance C. R. White – former Essence Magazine Editor-in-ChiefInterviewed the award-winning author of 'How To Slay: Inspiration from the Queens & Kings of Black Style’, which explores black people’s influence on culture. Written by Constance C. R. White, who was also the the former fashion editor of Elle – and the first black woman to take on the role. She was an absolute joy to speak to, read the full interview on Dazed: https://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/article/39036/1/the-new-book-celebrating-the-political-power-of-black-style
- gal-dem Wanderthirst: travelling to Vienna as my final hurrah to the EUWith Brexit ever looming, Morsi decided to make the most of Britain still being in the EU by traveling to the capital of Austria, Vienna, and write about it for gal-dem. And if it took her whole childhood for Bristol to capture my heart, it says a lot that Vienna stole it in four days. This trip was foodies galore, and wouldn't have been the same without stumbling upon some new faves. Check out why Vienna should be your next European destination on gal-dem: https://gal-dem.com/wanderthirst-tra
- LFW: Adwoa Aboah opens for Ashley Williams AW18 showAs the former Lifestyle Assistant Editor of gal-dem, Morsi co-ordinated the magazine's official Fashion Week AW18 coverage. Read her full wonderings on Ashley Williams AW18 show here: http://gal-dem.com/lfw-ashley-williams-aw18-show/ Words by Emma Blake Morsi and photography by Kiran Gidda.
- The Guardian x gal-dem: The secret to… travelling as a person of colourSurround yourself with wonderful people and wonderful things will happen. gal-dem took over the The Guardian on 11th August 2018 with content only produced or created by womxn of colour. Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, gal-dem's Deputy Editor, put it perfectly: "safe to say that this is the first time EVER that a national supplement has produced a publication with this much diversity". As the Lifestyle Editors, Niellah Arboine and I co-wrote 'The secret to… travelling as a person of colour' – read it
- gal-dem: Getting to know the collaborators behind COLLUSION and why other brands need to take notesIn collab with COLLUSIONx ASOS for gal-dem, I interviewed their new cohort of collaborators. We discussed how brands can collaborate with young people without compromising on values, and their role in conceptualising COLLUSION's brand principles, projects and products alongside a team of designers. Read the full interview on gal-dem: http://gal-dem.com/getting-to-know-the-collaborators-behind-collusion-and-why-other-brands-need-to-take-notes/ Words by Emma Blake Morsi and animations by Cather
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- gal-dem Guardian takeover proves diversity breeds creativityThe gal-dem team talk over their plans with staff from the Guardian Weekend magazine. Photograph: Shaista Chishty for the Guardian 1. The Guardian Article Liv Little and Melissa Denes Sat 18 Aug 2018, published on The Guardian Working with the Guardian on gal-dem’s takeover of Weekend magazine was an incredible exercise and a clear demonstration of the power of championing marginalised voices. The feedback has been overwhelming and the fact that sales spiked significantly are both clear remi115
- #NctrnlLive After MovieShot and Edited an after movie for the Nocturnal Issue Two launch, intended for social media sharing. Nocturnal invited people to step into Nocturnal’s makeshift home (Goldbrick House) to celebrate the new website launch and a brand new bangin’ issue release with a night of live performances, spoken word, a fashion show and DJs, as well as prizes throughout the night and interactive installations by Ella Schofield-Lake.
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Global Creative Direction & Design InternPuma
- Nuremberg, GermanyFull Time
- Support the team of Creative Directors in the execution of the global Creative Direction - Support the Head of Colour and Material in managing and distributing the seasonal colour card - Contribute to the quality of products’ design content in order to reinforce and strengthen the brand position and generate consumer demand - Under the guidance of Creative Directors, collect market intelligence, providing all involved with accurate and up-to-date information on design trends and developments and utilise them effectively - Support X-Category initiatives in co-ordinating alignment and transparency - Support the launch of seasonal Creative Direction and trend updates - Support Creative Direction/Design Team in the creation and maintenance of design input - Contribute to adequate protection of PUMA’s intellectual property - Support the delivery of projects in line with PUMA’s design calendar
Europe Content Management InternPuma
- Nuremberg, GermanyFull Time
- Creating online content and banners for eu.puma.com - Testing new website content from Global eCom - Product launches (reviewing content, banners, and various launch elements with Marketing and Retail teams) - Translation implementation across all European sites - Product merchandising and sorting across sites and categories - Customer service issue solving with Operations - Internal search enhancements to improve user experience (UX)
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- Digital Storytelling
- Event Organisation
- Final Cut Pro