Gemma O'Brien

Gemma O'Brien

Creative project managerLondon, United Kingdom
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Gemma O'Brien

Gemma O'Brien

Creative project managerLondon, United Kingdom
About me
London-born Gemma O’Brien is a Design Manager who has worked in creative agencies since 2007 spanning interiors, wayfinding, architecture, digital, branding and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility). Previous to this she studied Fashion Communication & Promotion at Central Saint Martins graduating in 2005. Industry experience includes internships at Vivienne Westwood (press office), Sunday Times Style Magazine, and Tank. Her website is a place to show creative work such as writing (culture, fashion, film and music) as well as paintings and other media.
  • Charles Jeffrey A/W 18 fashion show
    Charles Jeffrey A/W 18 fashion showPerformer with Theo Adams Company wearing mobile set by Gary Card.
  • Bespoke fashion design
    Bespoke fashion designfor dancers and all individuals who like their clothes on the opulent side.
  • Purple Jigsaw costume design and production
    Purple Jigsaw costume design and productionDesign and production of dance costumes for Emma Houston’s ‘Purple Jigsaw’ production exploring gender identity via House and Vogue dancing.
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Projects credited in
  • SLY
    SLYThe authorial voice in SLY, a film by Reid Calvert, is one which is both obscured and examined by the voices of his subjects. It is highly personal whilst being deeply alienating. Through the subtle investigation of an actor and his relationship to his trade, micro nations, wife-carrying competitions, banger racing, freemasonry, life models, dancers and various individuals (both actors and otherwise), Calvert has begun to ask questions about group mentality. We are left, after the credits roll, with a profound sense of the joyous but also fraught nature of what this might mean. The artist's intention was to find people who in some way embodied sentiments that he might have felt lacking in the life of his alter-ego/cult-leader persona: Sly. These things were love, a father figure, power, wisdom and fame. Once these people and peoples, who in some way epitomised what Sly might have been lacking had been found, they would be subsumed into the identity of Sly. This process is not only concerned with the idea of the group (the cult, the organisation, the movement) but also the individual and how he might function in terms of what might be expected from him. The recurring setting, Gallion’s Hill, has a still eerier quality each time it is visited. Sly's subjects seem to find themselves there without any sense of having travelled on the bus to the suburbs. The hill then seems to be a projection straight from the mind of Sly and not a real setting at all. The form that the film takes, reminiscent of a documentary, is pivotal and directly linked to the process. It's a documentation of an imaginary leader and his internal happenings. Through its pace and the sequences with dance and movement, the film depicts the lusty dreamscapes and deep yearnings of Sly who is himself imagined.
Work history
    Senior Project Manager
     - London, United KingdomFull Time
    My background is in fashion (FCP graduate from CSM - 2005) and since then I have worked in account/project management roles at London based design agencies spanning architecture, interiors, branding, corporate comms and digital. My experience is multi-disciplinary which has enabled me to work with a variety of people with multiple skillsets. My project management role at Air Design encompassed management of large scale retail destination fit outs - interior design and signage for shopping centres as well as the production of brand manuals for roll out by centre management marketing teams. I have very strong project management skills: strategy, concept development and delivery as well as planning, risk assessment, estimating, budget management and project analysis.
  • Costume Design/construction/wardrobe Styling
  • 5+ Years Project Management
  • Account Management
  • Ability to Communicate Both Orally and with Writing
  • Fashion Journalism
  • 2D Artist
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    University of The Arts London (UAL) logo
    BA(Hons) Fashion Communication PromotionUniversity of The Arts London (UAL)
     - London, United Kingdom
    FCP course at Central Saint Martins including 1 year in industry working at Vivienne Westwood Press Office, Tank Magazine, Soloarte and Fashion journalism // styling // photography