Yeah, this is me. More precisely, this is me aged 9. One thing that has been consistent in my life. circa 1981 to today is, obviously, that my homemade haircut hasn’t improved any.
I know I was a kid, but I can say I made my first community magazine when I was 11. I grew up on an impoverished northern council estate in Fleetwood. I was Inspired by punk. Both its do it your self vibe and its council estate anthems are attached to these memories. I set about organizing my friends and put together our first little zine, Some rough zero photocopies later, we are knocking them out 5p a go. I often chuckle when I think about this. It was a zine full of stories about people on our estate with little interviews and things, I still feel a bit secretly chuffed about that, I think it was possibly my greatest work… I can safely trace my love for stories about people in everyday life to here at least.
TinTin, Asterix, StarWars, Battlestar Galactica, Drawing, Art, Reading, Old SciFi B-Movies, People, Music, Playing on the Beach, Swimming, Bikes, Abbot & Costello, Comics, The Second World War, Tibet.
As I told you my home made haircut consistently never improves. Its the hazy 90’s and i am in my early twenties living in Manchester UK. Caught up in the electric energy of alternative underground. Free festivals, dub and psychedelia, sound systems, art, politics, protests and squatter culture. A time of exciting near misses, It was a time for learning, experimentation, self examination, soul searching I never realized then how much i was looking outwards for answers instead of in. The summers seemed endless the excuse to have a party relentless. An obligatory trip to seek the jewels of India it went on forever until it ended. Everything has to end.
Street Artist, Magazine Illustrator, Album cover Designer, T=Shirt Designer, Story Boarding, Residential Primary School Artist, Community Organizer
Existentialism, Mental Health, Psychology, Travel, Music, Art, Social Change, Community, Politics, Alternative Living, UFOs, India, History,
I began to really see the power of storytelling to effect lasting change through the people who came to see me after I qualified and began practicing as a therapist. I worked with loss, grief, depression and male survivors of sexual abuse. I continued to travel a lot but had no creative outlet as a brain injury had disrupted my skills. It took a while to get over this and reestablish a sense of identity. I self-taught digital design skills and set about experimenting with story projects with the help of small pots of funding.
Psychotherapy, Project Management, Project Design, Community Organisation, Advocacy, Team Management, Graphic Design, Publication Design, Print Set up, Psychological Assessment, Court work,
Freud, Jung, Reich, Bowlby, Fromme, Erikson, Systems Change, NDE, Self Actualization, Alternative currency, Digital, Digital Hacking, Storytelling, Film making, Wanderlust, travel, Social Experiments.
Here & Now
I'm 46 now (it's 2019) I work for myself, I work with stories as both an art and a therapy. The last few years have been probably the most interesting I think in part because my soul is more at peace, I have learnt to let things go. I do a lot of freelance work including using stories to evaluate other peoples projects and many other things. I work a lot with artists, freelancers, community groups and organisations. I like to bring people together to eat cake sip tea, share stories, debate and create things. People get well this way.
StoryWork, Creative Evaluation, Community Development, Community Organisation, Film Making, Publications, Graphic Design, Project Design & Management, Product Creation, Public Speaking
Wanderlust Travel, Adventure, Dystopian fiction, SciFi, History, Psychology, NDE, Existentialism, Music, Art, Community, Do It Yourself Culture, Personal Development, Productivity.