Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Jennifer is a designer, writer and creative director based in London. Studying fashion and textiles and more recently, a masters degree in 'The Idea of Beauty' from Kings College London, she was formerly Senior Producer of Residencies at the V&A museum. She now works with various universities and cultural organisations, whilst developing her design practice. @jensturrock on twitter and instagramLocked Pro Plan feature
Running the V&A museum residency programme: www.vam.ac.uk/residencies
As part of the V&A's CreateFutures initiative, I was commissioned to design, manage and deliver 3 sets of separate, week long programmes for 16-24 year olds last year, working with Prince's Trust and Centrepoint as well as other external partners. Bridging contemporary design of the V&A's Balenciaga exhibition with examination of V&A's historical collections, my role included: - Design, management and delivery of programme - Teaching participants skills in pattern cutting, draping, research, drawing, fashion illustration and fabric techniques - Presenting workshops on careers and portfolio building, giving practical steps and advice for working in the fashion industry - Facilitation of workshops appropriate for special needs participants - Feedback & evaluation As a result, participants made garments and sketchbooks which were presented and exhibited in the Tapestry Galleries. Many went onto apply for a further education courses, internships in fashion or start their own business.
www.jennifersturrock.com - Commissioned by Hodgesellers to create collection of knit samples for Parisian fashion house Alaia. - Assisted Sandy Black in researching images for her V&A publication: 'Kitting by Sandy Black'. Also assisted her in an educational presentation ('Knit to Fit') at Science Museum London, where she had a temporary exhibit of research exploring body scanning and CAD knitting techniques. - SS/11 Collection part of a collaborative film of LCF work that won British Fashion Council 'Draper's Digital Fashion Award (2010). Awarded UK Textile Society's Undergraduate Bursary Award, for design work (2010) and since then contributed written pieces to their quarterly journal. - Jennifersturrock.com facilitates manufacture/sales/shipping of jewellery worldwide (Paris, NYC, Norway, Germany, Switzerland).
As a freelance consultant and deliverer I was commissioned to produce and run a series of bespoke workshops to mark the bicentenary of England's oldest public gallery to engage secondary school children with the old Masters' paintings in the permanent collection. Exploring themes of fashion, identity, nature and gender, I worked closely with Dulwich Picture Gallery and a couple of local schools, who tested the new activities I designed and delivered to facilitate an innovative and interactive approach to an otherwise traditional gallery setting. Due to the success of the workshops, a proposal has been made to turn the programmes into permanent self-guided activity trails for the general public as well continued use for in-house schools programmes. My role included: - Meticulous planning and working to strict brief and deadlines - Facilitation of secondary age-groups in gallery setting - Innovative written content and presentation - Working with school teachers / practitioners
After the success of the previous CreateFutures programme at the V&A, Centrepoint approached me to create an in-house programme to support their annual event: 'Centrepoint's Got Talent', where the organisation's residents are given the opportunity to promote and present creative skills to supporters & peers. I was commissioned to design 4 sessions over four weeks partnering with tailors who work in Saville Row. Inspired by exposure to industry professionals, participants up- cycled made to measure garments using clothes donated by ASOS and Harris Tweed. My role included: - Design, presentation and facilitation with students from ethnically diverse backgrounds - Employing and managing womenswear designer, Claire Jago to assist the project - Evaluation and feedback The project culminated in a fashion show where students displayed their work, one of whom has now gone onto an FE course in pattern cutting. There are proposals for course to be embedded in the charity's careers programme.
St Paul's Cathedral approached me to design and deliver a resource for their annual partnership with 'Archikids', an initiative promoting architecture and creative learning and engagement with London's buildings in the City. My role included: - Design and curation of resource which included a photographic, upload element, to promote online community and marketing - Liaising with head of learning and marketing departments as well as printers - Working to tight budget and deadline - Hosting, delivery and facilitation of the resource during initiative amongst other activities - Helping other deliverers use resource effectively with the public - Interaction and engagement with the public of all ages during delivery day The resource has now been embedded into the permanent collection of learning resources made available to schools and the public at St Paul's Cathedral.
I was brought into this large, multi-party project as a freelance consultant to design and create strategy for alleviating pressure on the current pipeline of students going into the creative industries. My role included: - Independent research and detailed report writing around art & design in schools nationally and internationally, and alternative offers outside the curriculum - Regular presentations of reports and findings to directors at project boards - Forming strategy for market research phase, including evaluation of results from focus groups, interviews and statistical information - Plan and deliver pilot workshops in multiple schools across England, test content and delivery models to discover costs and market - Evaluation reports of workshop delivery - Teacher engagement and teacher training - Handling of large budget and management of project plan - Meeting staff leads and industry professionals - Management of administrator My pieces of work were delivered on time and budget.
As an OPA (outside professional assistant) I freelance at the V&A within the Learning department as a workshop assistant facilitator for Schools workshops and Families holiday programmes. This role includes: - Public presentation and interaction within the galleries - Promotion of activity trails throughout the museum to all ages - Sensitivity an engagement to a range of members of the public from diverse backgrounds - Feedback and evaluation of activities to programme managers On occasion I have provided administrative assistance to the Learning Academy, assisting with their conference planning, board meeting preparation and correspondence with national and international speakers. I also worked on editorial content for the Alexander McQueen NAL resource and other short term projects alongside Learning Department Project Manager.
As an assistant programme manager, my job was to design, create and pilot a new handling resource for the schools learning programme at the V&A (Key stages 4&5). Funded by AHRC and in collaboration with the new Europe Galleries at the V&A, we partnered with London College of Fashion, the School of Historical Dress, Langley Academy and Kings College London. The final resource comprises of 4 booklets (referenced below) detailing the resource routes of engagement and activities, as well as London College of Fashion student's work. As an Assistant Programme Manager in this multi-party project, my role included: - Creating a handling resource in relation to Early Modern Dress for secondary school engagement - Liaise with the School of Historical Dress, who created the dolls for handling resource - Work with V&A programme managers and partners at LCF & KCL to ensure resource content is accurate and within budget - Liaise with Programme Manager for HE to deliver the LCF student contribution (management of training workshops and correspondence between students and the V&A) - Liaise with the Head of Museum Learning at Langley Academy to deliver workshops, focus groups and trial handling session with pupils and staff to ensure appropriate learning outcomes for resource - Write and produce accompanying notes for handling resource, to be made available online - Liaise with Visitor Experience to arrange storage and booking systems for the resource - Monitor and report the achievement of targets and ensure they were met Skills: Project management, Event planning, Resource Writing, Workshop facilitation , Budget handling, Creative strategy, photography, Copywriting, Design Layout, Administration, Graphic Design, Editorial Content, Programme Design.
www.robbiehoney.com - Assisting Robbie in floral deign and styling for advertising campaign shoots for cosmetic and fashion brands, including Lancome and Stella McCartney. - Assisting Robbie in writing teaching/ resource material for his design programs in NYC and Beijing floral design schools. - General administrative roles and communication with external partners, suppliers and companies in the PR, fashion, interior and floral design industries. - Assisting writing of copy for Robbie's interviews, blogs, guest chapters and editorials, publications including the Wall Street Journal. - Museum and gallery visits for brand design and web development. - Project management whilst Robbie was away, including floral styling for Lancome shoot with Lupita Nyong'o. - Formatting budgets and correspondence regarding events sent to clients and suppliers. - General accounting and receipt management.
- Workshop leader of creative programs tailored to all ages and in various environments including: primary and secondary schools, local authority libraries, charities, private functions, student conferences and communities abroad. Fashion-ed workshops seek to facilitate an innovative and safe environment, empowering young people to think creatively, experiment and explore design through visual perception techniques, drawing from original inspiration and further develop unique print, fashion & textile designs. - The Fashion-ed business was conceived after involvement with a project designed to inspire academically low-achieving school pupils into higher education. After piloting the resource with a school in Gloucester, 'The Empty Hanger' project is now a nation-wide scheme. - After attending a workshop and showing parents her sketchbook work, a participant was allowed to pursue further education in fashion design. - In 2014 workshops held abroad in village community (Burkina Faso).
- Teaching ages 6-22 years in various subjects from numeracy & literacy (primarily 11+ & 8+ exam preparation), to art and design for all ages and HE / degree (level art & design) dissertation assistance. Agencies: (www.enjoyeducation.co.uk) (www.hollandparkeducation.com) (www.greaterlondontutors.com) (www.tutorsgreen.com) Case Studies: - Devised bespoke two week course for HE age student studying fashion design. From concept to product, the program covered research through to development and making. Starting with drawing at the V&A, it included fabric research, design, illustration, print and sewing, culminating in creation of a toile and folio of sketchbook work & presentation boards. - Assisted a HE age student in Art & Design AS to A-level work, he is now on a full time BA course studying design and sustainable technology at Camberwell, UAL.
Idea of Beauty in Western Theology - The Idea of Beauty in Western Theology (paper on the effectiveness of verbal and non-verbal art forms as a means to communicate and unify). - The Devotional Use of Art in Christianity (paper on female representation and the male gaze in relation to devotional art). - Art as a Theological Medium (paper on theological themes of freedom in relation to dance and paintings of the Biblical character Salome). - Revelation and Reason; Systematic Theology (paper on theological themes found in fashion and expression of divine beauty through art forms). Classes include research and analysis of devotional art (early medieval and renaissance period), taught in and in association with the National Gallery London. Weekly seminar discussions cover investigations of historical and contemporary philosophers from Plato to Nietzsche and include occasional presentations to seminar group. Termly paper writing required for assessment and submitted in accordance to set deadlines.
Fashion Design (womenswear & surface textiles) - Womenswear Design (specialising in knitwear and surface textiles) - Research and Development process (drawing & photography collated in sketchbook layout and presentation boards) - Pattern Cutting (womenswear garments in jersey & woven) - Fabric design and experimentation (surface embroidery, screen and digital print, knit) - Toiling and sewing garments (coats, trousers, dresses, jumpers and jackets) - Styling final 8 looks for graduate catwalk show - Industry projects with Abercrombie & Fitch & Marvel Comics - Industry placement at DKNY knitwear in NYC - Cultural Studies dissertation (thematic study on female utopian image found within fashion advertising)
Undergraduate Bursery for SS/11 Collection