Lou Bones

Creative Media Manager

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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About me

 

I consider myself a driven and hard working individual. I love working as part of a team and also as a leader, I always strive for the best in myself and in those around me to keep things moving forward quickly and efficiently. I have been lucky enough to have gained experience in many aspects of the creative industry that interest me including creative event management, exhibition curation, shoot, production, creative studio management, art, fashion and public relations. I have a degree in Visual Communication and over the past few years, I have managed 3 creative studios, a gallery, a Fine Art charity, curated and produced over ten exhibitions both in house and for Art Fairs (including Christie's Multiplied Art Fair, Pick Me Up London and LDF for Tom Dixon) countless fashion shoots and five London Fashion Week shows. I have always had a coordinating role with multiple projects needing attention simultaneously while providing support for colleagues and senior staff. I am looking for a new opportunity that will expand my skills, challenge me and broaden my horizons.

Skills

 

  • Events
  • Visual Arts
  • Printmaking
  • Fine Art
  • Creative Event
  • Exhibition
  • Administration
  • Office Management
  • Project Management
  • Coordination
  • Event Execution
  • Event Organisation
  • Event Planning
  • Public Exhibitions

Work history

Currently

Creative Media Manager

Kokon to Zai

May 2013
  • Financial and legal duties, expenses accounting, acquiring property, budgeting and report writing, liaising with solicitors, formal letter writing and proof-reading for directors etc. Staff liaison, orchestrating introductions, interns, meetings and welfare. Providing support for senior staff in their roles. Point of contact for studio clients suppliers and visitors, research and write press releases, give talks and interviews. Manage backstage of the KTZ London Fashion Week shows each season. From researching concepts, budgeting, gaining sponsorship, styling looks, castings, fittings, studio preparation, dressers, installation/de-installation and timing. Project Manager, art direct, style and produce all social media and product shoots including research, budgeting, models, photographer, location editing etc. Conduct market research and continuous SWOT analysis reports. Create social media strategy. My strategy increased their following by tens of thousands across all social media and lead directly to sales. Maintain the day to day running of the studio. Research, interview and obtain new staff for new premises. Project manage all new website designs including budgets and deadlines. Oversee and advise on all visual merchandising for the stores including installation and all deliveries.

Currently

Shoot Production

Freelance

May 2014
  • Freelance editorial and lookbook shoot production/coordination for clients like Mother Magazine, House of Malakai and Nympha London

2013

Studio Manager & Co-curator

Print Club London

May 2011 - Apr 2013
  • Co-Curator and Project Manager on all exhibitions and events from concept, research, gaining sponsorship, suppliers, sourcing materials, budgeting, scheduling, transportation of pieces, installation, de-installation etc and ensured that all projects were followed through. Project manage each artist and their workload leading to each exhibition. This included multiple exhibitions at First Thursdays, Pick Me Up London at Somerset House, Christie's Multiplied Art Fair, Tom Dixon at the Dock for LDF and the annual “ Blisters ” Exhibition which is the largest screenprinted exhibition in Europe. Gallery curation: Always searching for new work from the members and pushing them to utilise the platform to further themselves and increase print sales. Gallery sales including art handling, packing and shipping. Organising loans including promotion, cataloguing and transport. Proof reading and organisng wall vinyl installation. All tasks related to studio upkeep including hiring contractors and dealing with suppliers and sponsors. Organising PR output for studio including all website content, marketing strategy, graphics, write press releases, proof reading, contacting publishers and updating all social media outlets. I successfully increased their following tenfold across all social media. Manage the Directors’ diaries. Finance tasks, accounting, budgeting, studio and director expenses, proof reading, creating invoices, sales, petty cash, creating purchase orders for suppliers and drawing up reports etc. Staff liaison, orchestrating introductions, interns, meetings, social events and welfare. Providing support for Directors in their roles. Point of contact for studio clients suppliers and visitors, research and write press releases, give talks and interviews. - Under Print Club: Studio Manager of Millers Junction, Creative Studio and Deskspace. Searched for all the best illustrators and designers to fill the studio. Managed the studio, general upkeep, maintained its capacity, general accounting. Managed website content, all social media and studio PR, events. - Under Print Club: Studio Manager and Charity Manager of Absorb Arts Fine Art Studio which is a registered charity. Dealt with all charity commission and council issues. Meeting with members of the board to discuss future plans and organise fundraising. Researched and interviewed all prospective Artists and kept the studios full. All accounting and finance, the studio upkeep and maintenance. Organised open studio events and oversaw all social media.

2011

PA to Directors

Print Club London

May 2010 - Jan 2011
  • Total organisation of both directors’ diaries and the basic day to day up keep of the studio. Scheduling meetings, archiving, drawing up spreadsheets, organising staff and technicians, rotas, petty cash, sales, online content, studio supplies and workshops. Art handling, cataloguing, archiving and shipping Co-curated the annual show called Blisters Blackout including researching and liaising with Artists, source materials, gain sponsorship. Project manage each artist and their workload leading to the exhibition.

Education

2011

BA in Visual Communication

Dublin Institute of Technology

Aug 2006 - May 2011
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications grade 2:1 achieved. Specialised in Consumer Psychology, Environmental Psychology and CMYK Screenprinting.

2010

BA Surface Design Erasmus Year

London College of Communication

Jan 2010 - Aug 2010
  • Erasmus Year grade 2:1 achieved.

2006

Design and Printmaking

Ballyfermot College of Further Education

Aug 2005 - May 2006
  • FETAC level 5 Diploma in Art, Design and Printmaking

Awards

2008

Interprint Outstanding Achievement

  • While studying my degree I took part in the 2008 Interprint Symposium hosted that year by LCC. I won this award for my work, they also offered me an Erasmus year in Surface Design at LCC as a sign of appreciation for my achievement and enthusiasm.