Happy New Year, Happy New Snow Boots

6 01 2010

Hello hello, it has been a while since I’ve blogged… apologies but the festive season has got in the way. The bad news now though, is that my brain has a backlog of things I’ve been meaning to blog about so sorry if you get sick of seeing random things from me over the next week.

So, how was everyone’s Christmas and New Year? We all set and ready for 2010? I am; completely. I don’t know why but I’m really excited about this year; there are so many things going on and being the start of a new decade makes me think there are even more possibilities.

On the personal side, there is lots going on, including an exciting house move this Friday. Stay tuned for pictures of the housewarming…

Work-wise there are some amazing things on the horizon, including some exciting plans for Style Birmingham; International Dance Festival Birmingham 2010; some great projects with Punch Records; and the fantastic Pop: Jann Haworth exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery. There is also the looming final of The F Word, which features Birmingham’s very own Lasan. Fingers crossed they do it… tune in to Channel 4 tomorrow night at 9pm to find out. There’s loads more happening at Rewired, so I’ll be sure to share it with you.

But for now, I just want to say how bored I am of the snow. It was exciting when it was Christmas but Mr Jack Frost, IT ISN’T CHRISTMAS ANYMORE. I’m not using the white stuff to have any time off work either; what’s the point, you’ll only end up doing more when you’re back anyway. The drive home tonight was a tad horrendous as the snow is turning to ice, but most of the problems are caused by bad drivers!

Anyway, rant over… I’m off to finish packing for the big move. Catch you later.

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I love a bit of ‘touchy feely’…

8 12 2009

Don’t engage your dirty minds for this title… I’m talking about art. I realised that I hadn’t blogged about this yet so thought I’d do a quick post about the amazing exhibition ‘Pop: Jann Haworth’ that I’m working on.


‘Frank’

The exhibition, which is open at Wolverhampton Art Gallery until 10 April 2010, is by the American artist Jann Haworth. It features a range of her work from the 60’s to the present day, including her infamous sewn-cloth sculptures and doughnuts. Jann is best-known for designing the cover of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper LP (yes, that infamous cover) with her then-husband Peter Blake, but in actual fact Jann’s legacy is much more than that. Her ‘Old Lady’ sculpture, which features on the cover, is part of the exhibition though!


‘Donuts, Coffee Cups and Comics’

I went to see ‘Pop: Jann Haworth’ just before it opened to the public and I was amazed. I had already seen pictures of her work but nothing compared to seeing the oversized charm bracelets (and by over-sized, I mean huge) and old man ‘Frank’ in real life. Jann’s work is a direct representation of the influences in her life, especially the set of doughnut works, which represent her struggle to adapt to British lifestyle after moving here from America.


‘Cowboy’

I’ve included some pictures, which were taken by the fantastic Lee Allen, but if you get a chance to go over to Wolverhampton do… it’s such a great exhibition. But if you’re like me and love to touch things, I’d take a friend to restrain you because all you want to do is pick things up and play with them.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention: I’ve written a nice piece on the exhibition for the next issue of Art of England.





A year in the life of Rewired

27 11 2009


The Rewired team with Rob Markwell (Pitch Consultants) and Michael Collie (BBC)

I can’t believe it has already been a week since we were getting dolled up in the office ready for the CIPR PRide Midlands Awards. Held at the ICC, the awards celebrate PR professionals and agencies across the Midlands region. Rewired was up for Outstanding Small Consultancy and I’d tried not to think about it too much for fear of being disappointed, but as soon as we sat at the table, my heart starting going. Luckily, my first trip on the stage was to collect a bottle of Veuve (I was one of the raffle winners!) so we popped the cork to settle the nerves.

The night was amazing and 21 awards into the show, Rewired was announced as the CIPR PRide Midlands ‘Oustanding Small Consultancy’. I won’t go into details but let’s just say the night didn’t end when the awards did and my bottle of Veuve was one of many.

It was such an amazing achievement for us as a company and a team, especially seeing as though Rewired was only been born 18 months ago.

Winning got me thinking about what an amazing year and a half it has been at Rewired. Everyone knows how much I love my job and the people I work with, but more than that I was proud of Rewired for having such a fantastic year in such a difficult economic climate.

This time last year, we had already begun working on some amazing clients; Taste of Birmingham, Hello Digital, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and The Big Picture, but since then the client list has gone from strength to strength. We’re working with some amazing organisations on some really exciting projects and clients.

We’ve maintained our niche of creative, digital and leisure companies but developed each of these client bases to include some amazing companies. As well as regional organisations like Screen West Midlands, Audiences Central and Ormiston Trust, we’re also working with innovative companies and projects like Mudlark.We’re still heavily involved in the region’s arts scene and continue working with Wolverhampton Art Gallery; currently on the amazing ‘Pop: Jann Haworth’ exhibition, which you MUST go and see.  We are also working with Punch Records on some amazing music and arts projects, and so far have brought some brilliant music to the city!

We also have also strengthened our events arm; both PR and event management. We’ve done PR for BASS Festival, Style in the City and Birmingham Book Festival. As well as the event management of Producers’ Forum ‘Celebrate the Future of Film’, Royal Television Society Awards and a number of high profile film premieres and industry events for Screen WM.

As well as Style in the City, we have also moved in to the fashion world (much to my delight), working with Retail Birmingham. Style Birmingham, the consumer brand for Retail Birmingham, had a fantastic rebrand earlier in the year (courtesy of 383 Project, who I love working with). Since then, Style Birmingham has gone from strength to strength and is fast-becoming the city’s voice for style and shopping. This project is a major part of our leisure/consumer work, which also includes work with Lasan, Birmingham’s premier Indian Restaurant, who have recently won Best Indian Restaurant on The F Word.

There are so many other clients to mention but you’ll get bored if I keep going, but it’s just amazing for me to see how much we’ve grown since last year. We’ve just been taken on by a couple of new clients, which I’m sure I will be blogging and twittering about very soon.

2010 looks to be a very exciting year so hopefully, this time next year, I’ll be writing a post about event more exciting times at Rewired HQ!