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This internship has been a great opportunity to experience a variety of different aspects of professional work. In 2015, Bristol was awarded European Green Capital, and as such there has been a huge amount of activity to promote and encourage the city's residents to get involved with events and projects that are taking place to celebrate the city's green status. As part of the University of the West of England's contribution, I had to help set up a non-profit organisation as part of a small staff and graduate team. Our aim was to help improve the visibility of Bristol's volunteer parks groups, who worked to maintain their neighbourhood park(s) without council funding or help. To help, we developed a number of work experience opportunities open to UWE's student population, that helped encourage the public use and improvement of Bristol's parks and green spaces. I had to promote these through the university's staff, lecturers and students, through social media platforms, and through our website. I did this in a few different ways, either writing emails, tweets, or newsletters, as well as designing posters and flyers as promotional material put around Bristol. I also wrote press releases that were sent to newspapers, magazines and websites in Bristol. The area I was most interested in and contributed most to was the designing of our visual identity and the design of our website and promotional materials that lead on from this. I was responsible for the designing of our logo, and this became the foundational influence for flyers, posters, merchandise, info-graphics and a smartphone app that we developed with the help of Calvium, an award-winning app development company. The logo took influence from our name 'Bristol Parkhive', the hexagons a reflection of the '-hive' in our name and its relation to honeycomb in a beehive. I was also integral in the construction of our website, building it and adding the necessary features to ensure it's ease of navigation and visual appeal. The app that me and my team developed has been one of the biggest successes of the project so far. We worked tirelessly to collect information on the hundreds of parks in the Bristol area, and taking photos to populate the app. These could then be accessed from the app user's phone, GPS informing them of their current closest park, how to get there, and what facilities it contained. As the project built steam and especially once the app was launched (and summer arrived), there was a notable shift in my job role. It became necessary to attend events such as the Festival of Nature and BioBlitz to encourage our public visibility, setting up stalls at these events and engaging as many people as possible in the work we are doing. I even began leading drawing workshops for schoolchildren, a challenging but really rewarding job that I was glad to participate in.
I was brought on board to help with the creative process at this young publication, due to it's rapid success and increasing demand. Stocked in select shops around the world, Bricks is a magazine that aims to support young emerging talent in the fashion industry. It helps give recent fashion graduates and talented people new to the industry a platform to showcase their work. I have primarily worked on creating art and print work for the magazine, giving me a lot of artistic freedom to produce patterns and textural work through drawing, painting, photography and digital formats. These are used either within the magazine, to compliment images from a photoshoot as a background/border, or as the background for flyers/posters for events. I've also been given the opportunity to write for the magazine, responding to questions that we asked to featured designers. I have really enjoyed this element of my role, analysing ideas and concepts, and contextualising where they sit in the fashion industry. http://bricksmagazine.co.uk/
I was brought in to help pack scenery and construction materials to be sent to a number of Louis Vuitton's flagship stores. Scenery was very delicate and needed to be handled and labelled correctly, to avoid breakage and to ensure it arrived at it's correct destination.
I was working in a house that had been used to shoot a TV period drama, and was required to help strip wallpaper that had been put up for filming. I then helped paint and redecorate for the owner of the house over the course of a week.
Helping in the day to day organisation of the designer's studio. This entailed booking flights, packaging and posting merchandise, helping frame work, taking customer enquiries and liaising with stockists over the artist's work.
Working as part of a team to construct scenery for Louis Vuitton's Christmas shop windows. Constructing brackets that ensured scenery would stay in place, itemising and labelling each individual component to ensure it was packaged in the correct crate, and packing efficiently to ensure goods were ready for transportation on time, but also secure to avoid breakage.
A part-time job to help fund my studies, albeit one with a creative edge. It's a physically demanding job, especially around Christmas, but it is also thoroughly enjoyable. The amount I have learnt about the preparation of meat and the different cuts from various animals has been fascinating, and something I will keep with me forever. Much like bar jobs I've held in the past, you have to deal with customers in a friendly and efficient manner, yet an element of sales is also required, recommending different meats and how best to cook them. I also find there are certain artistic attributes that come in handy, it is important to present the meat in the window in an appealing and plentiful manner, and ensure it all looks a high standard.
I helped volunteer in the preparation of this street art festival, working in the scenery department. I helped decorate large letters spelling out the name of the festival, as well as indicating on site facilities such as the bar and toilets. This was a really enjoyable creative job, done at a leisurely pace and with plenty of creative freedom, and it was nice to see the work come together and work so successfully on site. I also had the occasional role of runner throughout the preparative days, providing paint and water for the professional artists working along the street.
I was brought in to help finish off work on a giant spider logo for the film premiere of 'The Amazing Spiderman'. The team was quite pushed for time in finishing the project and getting it sent to Leicester Square in three days time, so we had to work quickly but also carefully to ensure a high quality of finish for the premiere. The structure was approximately ten feet high, and the sheer scale made for many obstacles and problems that needed to be overcome efficiently and delicately, without damaging the structure and ensuring it would stay in one piece when constructed on site. This then lead into more work the next month, helping construct a giant dragon skull for 'Game of Thrones' promotion.
I helped paint scenery for the film 'Jack the Giant Slayer', ensuring that work was done to a high standard for filming. I was really excited to be working on such a project, but it was important to keep focussed on the task in hand, despite the long hours and physically taxing work.
I volunteered at this arts and craft festival in the summer, helping teach children about ceramics and making workshops enjoyable for them. It was rewarding using my knowledge of the subject to educate other people, as well as challenging to ensure you maintain the interest of young and imaginative minds.
I studied illustration, and where my work as a creative practitioner locates itself in the landscape of the creative industry.
I was given a wonderfully rounded impression of some of the main creative industries, helping me come to a realisation of what I wanted to study at degree.
A-Levels in Art (B), English Literature (B), Mathematics (C).
GCSE's, 11 A*-B grades