Which move to make first? Story or Graphic Design

So I have come up with this idea of creating a workshop about the story writing. I really like the idea of creative collaboration throughout the whole process of creating the event. Since starting this blog its kind of given me an insight into the value of the process rather than the outcome (and how that process can also be product focused)

I haven’t heard back from Huma yet. To be honest with me going to Ireland and then Copenhagen time kind of flew by. Sometimes you actually have seize these opportunities with people when they are in the right place to offer support or then pass you by. Anyway it may still happen but in the meantime I really do need graphic designers. I am kind of torn at the moment as what I need first, graphic or story.

I always want to be further along than I am. Maybe this is the case with the graphic designer thing as I want to create the content for marketing but without the story behind it.

‘Surgery Slave’ is an idea on the medias manipulation in promoting surgery in society and its affects on young girls. So far I have gone through personal and public experiences and written on how this type of media effects young women/society. I went back through the writing and picked keys words and created ideas from them that would be either present at the event or in the campaign. I haven’t yet but I then usually just make a Pinterest board of the ideas. Very roughly not edgy of fashionable just how I see them in my head. That is always my process.

  • Free writing
  • Key Words
  • Ideas -> into a spreadsheet
  • Images -> Pinterest

Thinking about it I suppose the step before putting the story into graphic design content is the story itself ( would you believe!). This makes sense as I was telling someone about the idea the other day as it just fell a bit flat. Heres me ‘And then you walk into the room and there is an operating table in the centre, drag queen patients in each toilet and meat I the sinks!’ Dadadada! …Tumble weed…Saying it out loud all the thought and ideas didn’t shine through and something felt lacking.

So it brought me back to the main centre of it. The young girl and her story.

Some thoughts I had yesterday were

  • to align the email campaign and the event so that there is a story running through the lead up to the event (campaign) and at the event
  • This story can have lots of influences but centres around ‘the young girl’
  • Have the advertisement for surgeries, young girls dream of changing herself and initial consultation for surgery in the email campaign
  • Have the reality, the face to face consultation before surgery, the surgery and the aftermath at the event

I like it. It is more fluid and connected then before. Now to put this into a work shop.. Hmmm… Mam?



Facebook Posting Fear

Why is it that posting about your idea on Facebook so scary? I mean if you are working on someone else’s project, grand. If you are advertising on any other site, grand. Its just that fear of all the people you know seeing it that makes it so hideous.

But I have decided not to be a worraz about it.

I have started by dipping my toe in slowly and posting on these groups

Conspiring and Inspiring for a better future (very like me so less daunting) . Shortly after I got one response off a writer called Mary who says she interested in working on this she is based in bath but we will see what she says.

London (BAME) Women Writers’ Group , The founders also came back to me almost straight away with some interesting ideas of funding


As they are quite busy I am going on meet them on 6th June to discuss this further.

People are so nice. It immediately makes you feel like what the fuck was I worrying about?

I booked the board room at The Collective (The Collective is my shared office space that I go to after 9 – 5 hours to work on my projects. Its nice as there are loads of other start ups there in the same boat)..to hold a writing collab workshop there on 31st May. It will be about the idea and how to create a dialogue for a short film piece. For example it will be something along the lines of the new Vicks campaign (which I am in love with)but on ‘Surgery Slave’ theme and in terms of length and style but it will have the challenge of having to be filmed at the venue( one room) during the event.

I have no idea what the context of the workshop will be but Aine(my mam) said she will help me work on a structure for this on Thursday before Sangha.

Ball rolling… 🙂


Project Distractions and working to set timings

O my god it is so absurd how distracted I get. I am trying to start some work now before my working day starts. I am in two minds.

I am not sure of which to do first.. 1, get in touch with some creative writing groups to see if they want to have a brainstorm session around the story of the ‘Surgery Slave’ for the day or 2, start a graphic design group for collaborating around the ideas for the marketing campaign.

Obviously this indecisiveness has lead me to do neither of these things and instead to start to delete old playlists form my YouTube account. Jesus.

I am setting myself a task now. I have one hour.

I am going to start with the story telling as I think this part comes first as it can inspire further content with its ideas for the campaign.


1, Look up existing story writing groups

2, Get in touch with the best to see if they would like to collaborate on the idea.



Email – from my Mam asking to change meeting me tomorrow to Friday and go to this

Facebook notifications – Its Ste’s birthday, Someone is looking for a model on the photography models & photographers in London group for a birthday themed shoot and a memory from 2010 of Stix finding the FM 104 ash cloud song, about the time when I could not fly back to Dublin because of a volcanic irruption ( how ridiculous).

Thoughts – Rambling ones about staking out the Park for the event venue for days in advance, watching for the patterns of the park guards, sitting in a trench coat with a large newspaper or hiding in the bushes with binoculars.


So I have written the mail. I am already thinking of reasons why it is not right to send it.


I am over an hour of course! But I think having that time pressure to do it in helps you cut the crap and focus on the bits that are important.

I’ve had a look on Facebook and Meet up and am going to send it to some groups and see what happens.

Work Package Brief for Graphic Designer

My latest project…

The Nave(TN) is a movement of collaborating creatives who make silence-breaking Statement Art, using their collective voice to make a difference in society.

… Excuse the wanky wording. I will be working on this next Friday with my sister(from another mister) Aoife.

How do you say you want to make art, discussing societies issues to help people and not sound like a wanker? Is there a way? I suppose we will find out next Friday.

Anyway, essentially TN holds guerrilla style collaborative events. They pop up around London, taking over the most unlikely places. We set a theme and invite creatives to express through art, fash ,music  (any creative medium) their feelings on what is happening in society now.

The next events theme is ‘Surgery Slave’. The idea is about the media’s manipulation to sell plastic surgery and its effects on society, particularly young girls

I just started writing a work package for the graphic designer. A graphic designer is needed to create content that will be used to advertise the event to other creatives in the lead up to the event.

I met Huma through The Nave Facebook group. She liked The Nave concept and as she was freelancing she said she would like to get involved in between jobs.

I have created a brief for her covering, What The Nave is meant to achieve?, Tones and Style, Copy, Images, Design Specifications and Timelines. It outlines that The Nave needs 28 images(or other forms of content ie gifs)made up of 14 for email marketing and 14 for social media. There is a logic to this but I wont bore you with the details.

I also prepared a spreadsheet of all my ridiculous ideas. For a small example of how ridiculous.. some involve stealing mass amounts of burger king knives and a lot of raw meat.. All shall be revealed 😉

I am coming to a bit of a halt at the end when trying to finish this  briefoff and I reckon this is because this needs a bit of a collaborative session to discuss how to weave the ideas into the campaign. I’ve emailed Huma to see if she is up for this. I may also extend this to a few more graphic designers I know, as it seems like quite a lot of work.

If I had to drill through all my rambling and examples I suppose the main thing is that the content needs to feel as creepy as Aphex Twins, Windowlicker Video

(Anything Chris Cunningham really .. Die Antwood  are spot on too..)

…done in the style of Saint Hoax and I think we have a winning combination.

Dont have a fucking clue what I am on about? Stay watching to see it come to light.

Show your work

Yesterday I met my Mam before Sanga in St James Park. I had a rant about time. I am working on my project ‘The Nave’ while working full time and trying to buy a house with my boyfriend. I just got my schedule for June in work and I am travelling every week in the month. I love travel don’t get me wrong but I was just thinking WTF am I ever going to get this project out? Will I ever have fucking anything to show people? She dragged me to Waterstones and bought me this book.

She said don’t be so precious, people are interested in the journey.

My last two projects I worked on before this took 3 years and neither of them took off so in a way I had nothing to show for them. Obviously I learnt crazy amounts for me personally but no one ever knew. So this is my place to say fuck it lets show the ups and downs. May need a few more chapters of this to have the balls to own it though ha..