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Fabulous Creative Nottingham Guest Bloggers this summer

The virtual office of CreativeNottingham.com is brimming full of talent in the form of our summer season of guest bloggers from Nottingham’s extremely creative community.

Gill Williamson was our first guest blogger in May, sharing her vision for a ‘Republic of Nottingham’ and creating a brand for the city.  She had some great feedback about her designs from readers to inform her project.  A big thanks to Gill for starting the season with such big ideas!  Please do add comments to the guest blog posts if you want to support, challenge or question their view – guest bloggers are here because they want to know what you think of their work and ideas and to share what they are working on.

Coming up we have:

May 31st – Jun 12th

Aaron Cottrell

Website: Outerarc
Twitter: @outerarc

Aaron works for web start-up, OuterArc, based in Nottingham at BioCity.  He’s an expert on all things web, creative and interactive with a more IT and ‘techy’ background than your usual creative. He works with the guys at OuterArc to weave creative solutions into all things digital, presenting information to people in an accessible and engaging way so that they sit up and take notice.

We’ll certainly be taking notice of your posts, Aaron!

June 14th – 27th

Sarah Davenport

Website: Davenport Interiors
Twitter: @Sarah_Davenport

Established in 1978, Sarah’s company Davenport has become renowned for making by hand the most exciting bespoke furniture for an established database of celebrities, professionals and fellow designers. Whilst best known for their haute design kitchens, Sarah Davenport Design also offers fine furniture to be enjoyed throughout the home including bedrooms, studies, cocktail bars and individual pieces, all handmade in Nottingham.

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Sarah who is a celebrity in her own right in the world of furniture design, and has been involved in running some great networks and events in the city.

July 2010

Seismik (Simon Dunn and Jason Holroyd)

Website: Seismik
Twitter: @seismik

Seismik are a creative studio that cater for all manner of design disciplines including graphic design, motion graphics artists, video production, animation and web design. Nottingham is their base  – a  perfect location to serve their UK and international clients. Recently Seismik have been praised in the press by Creative Review, Design Week and Vogue.

Simon trained in physics but somehow ended up in design and Jason trained at the prestigious Nottingham Trent University studying graphics . Check out this interview with the Seismik guys on BBC Nottingham. Their clients range from big international brands to local creatives like Gamecity, EM Media, Antenna and  Nottingham City Council, helping to shape the creative visuals of the city.

We look forward to getting your take on the visual aspects of creative Nottingham guys, and hope to see some of your stunning design work in action.

July 26th – Aug 8th

Rachel Parry

Rachel Parry is an experimental live artist. She works in a variety of media including site-specific installations, video, physical theatre, live interactive experiments, dance, intimate one on one performance pieces and stealthy interventions. Rachel has performed and exhibited throughout the UK, USA and Mexico.  Here’s an interview with Rachel on the Young Tate website.

Rachel is going to be blogging about her latest work: “Currently I am investigating the historical importance of traditional values, the rules in social conduct, sexual science, mythologies and oral traditions. I am interested in how such etiquettes have evolved and transcended to fit into people’s lifestyles and the taboos which surround breaking those integrated regulations. Incorporating costume design, special effects, amateur engineering, Butoh dance and storytelling, I am the archetypal wild woman’s bastard daughter.”

If that hasn’t got you intrigued and Googling ‘Butoh dance’, sign up for free to the site (email sign-up and RSS are on the top right of this page) to make sure you don’t miss any of Rachel’s posts.

Aug 9th – 22nd

Steve Best

Website: Monumental Games / aPint Film Productions
Facebook: Little Horrors (game) aPint Film Productions

Originally from London, Steve  relocated to Nottingham in 2009. Steve has worked in the computer games industry for the past 20 years, although his main interest has always been film making. Steve recently completed a short zombie film, Ay Up Me Duck Of The Dead, which was filmed in and around Nottingham city centre.

August 23rd – Sept 5th 2010

Nick Tyler

Website: missimp Live Improvised Comedy
Captain Pigheart pirate stories
Facebook: Pub Poetry event

Nick lives in Beeston and works in Nottingham. He runs the missimp improvised comedy group, writes pirate stories and runs a poetry night. Nick tells us: “I like pretty things, scif-fi, books, film and cats. I can’t do DIY. I talk too quickly. I take great pleasure in facial hair and never wear a suit.”

We hope you’re going to be tickling our funny bones (though perhaps not with that facial hair) during your guest blogging stint, Nick!

Become a guest blogger

If you’ve got something to say and want to share your creative work, get involved with CreativeNottingham as a guest blogger.  You don’t need to be a prolific writer (you can blog with photos or video if you prefer) or an award-winning creative, you just need enthusiasm and passion for your work which you can share with the community. We can help with the technical aspects of blogging too.  Find out more about becoming a guest blogger.