jOURNEYS

Stories from our community. Follow the journeys our creatives are on and be inspired. Hear from a range of professionals, at different levels, to discover where they’ve been, where they are and where they’re going in their careers. If you want to share your journey, contact us. We’d love to hear from you.

gABRIELLE aDAM

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We spoke to Gabrielle as she enters a new stage in her career journey: freelancing! After five years in the field, this Founding Member was ready to swap accountancy for something more creative. She discovered graphic design one fateful evening in 2018 and hasn’t looked back. After graduating from Shillington, completing an internship, and working … Continued

kEIR mUCKLESTONE-BARNETT

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We’ve got a Bank Holiday treat for you in the form of this fantastic read from Founding Member, Keir. Despite a degree in fine art, Keir pursued a career in graphic design that has seen him work with a whole host of exciting clients. Today, he has a flourishing freelance business with ethics at its … Continued

aNNETTE & fRANCESCA

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Annette Christian & Francesca Mariama founded YES GURL back in 2019 to empower young women, especially young women of colour, to share their thoughts, opinions and experiences. Fast forward to 2021, and they’ve built a thriving online magazine, and community, that celebrates sisterhood. Read on to learn more about their journey to YES GURL, and … Continued

nADINA aLI

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Founding Member, Nadina aka Nadina Did This, worked in fashion, and briefly baking, for years before launching her freelance Graphic Design career. It’s been a journey, but she’s happy to be where she is today, using her work to champion causes that matter to her. Read on… Nadina, what’s your creative occupation? I’m a graphic … Continued

aBIGAIL bROMIGE-SMITH

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Today, we’re hearing from Artist, Designer & Maker, Abigail. Losing her job in 2020 was the catalyst for a burst of creative energy that resulted in the birth of her freelance business, which she runs alongside her full-time Graphic Design role. Read on as this talented Founding Member shares her journey; from struggling at Uni, … Continued

mELIN eDOMWONYI

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Melin’s had one hell of a career so far! Discover her journey, covering 3 countries and multiple creative roles, and find out what’s next for this awesome Founding Member. With a growing design business, and an exciting new project in the works, you can be sure she’s going places… but she won’t be closing the … Continued

aYESHA mANSOUR

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Over 10 years into her career, Founding Member, Ayesha, retrained in Graphic Design and started down a new creative path. Discover how she built her multi-practise business AAH YES STUDIO, what she’s working on right now, and her dream projects. Spoiler alert, food is a recurring theme! Read on… Ayesha, what’s your creative occupation? Artist … Continued

tIHARA sMITH

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Following on from her dazzling, Windrush-inspired graduate fashion collection, Founding Member, Tihara, has gone on to build a vibrant brand, encompassing blogging, a wide range of products, and a pop-up shopping experience. Discover her journey and hopes for the future of Tihara Smith. Tihara, what’s your creative occupation? I am a fashion, accessories, and product … Continued

jUDITH pOITRAS-RAYNAULT

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Founding Member, Judith, spent 10 years working as a Fashion Designer in Canada, before embarking on a new career here in the UK. Discover what prompted her decision to retrain in Graphic Design aged 32, and how she forged her own path as a freelancer. Judith, what’s your creative occupation? I’m a graphic designer and … Continued

dENZEL kESSIE

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Denzel Kessie, aka BLLACK LINE, is an Illustrator, Graphic Designer, and Founding Member from North West London. Today, he’s sharing his freelance journey so far; the practicalities, and the pitfalls. Read on for more… Denzel, what’s your creative occupation? I currently work as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. Where have you been? During my … Continued

hEIDI eL-KHOLY

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Today, our Founding Member, Heidi, shares her career journey; from event planning, to founding a badass creative studio – Salt and Sister – with Halah. She shares her experiences of toxic workplaces, how she stayed true to her authentic self through writing and sisterhood, and what it feels like finally having the autonomy to say … Continued

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hALAH eL-KHOLY

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Discover how our Founding Member, Halah, left bar work behind to forge a career in graphic design, and how lockdown prompted a new chapter; the birth of bulls**t-free, female-centric, creative studio, Salt and Sister. Halah, what’s your creative occupation? I’m half of Salt and Sister Studio – a creative-space-slash-studio-slash-experiment founded with my sister – where … Continued

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