Over the six years I’ve spent in editorial I’ve worked full-time for a small, independent business and a corporate with a global presence to, more recently during my freelance assignments, private individuals active in diverse fields. Throughout this time I’ve worked across print – both magazines and books – online and film, writing or editing dense, technical copy found in legal and academic content to the more straightforward but no less intricate arts related material I’m fortunate enough to be involved with now.
Aligning my lifelong personal interests, foremost writing and culture in all its practical and abstract forms, with my immovable desire to realise persuasive content regardless of the subject matter, is a privilege. My background in professional services publishing trained me in the craft of writing brief, taut but informative reports or lengthy and reliable sustained news analyses reacting to developments of interest to a demanding audience, to the more culturally informed, creative in style critical articles and reviews collected here and which are destined for an entirely different readership. Although a piece of writing’s tone necessarily changes due to its published format, intention and ideals of the body responsible for it, other principles remain constant.
Such as taking language seriously and treating it with respect, as wielded well it can emotionally move or influence opinion as much as it might otherwise repel or cause reputational harm. If not given careful thought and adequate research, which even snippets or slogans deserve, a text lacks potency. I set out to convince through my writing, to tell truths that impact upon us all in ways too easy to overlook, as the most acute kind of storytelling hits home in surprising, basic and easy to relate to ways. I’m interested in achieving just this kind of reaction, but mostly I write about the arts and how cultural trends determine patterns of behaviour as I think such things matter.
A review of the multi-disciplinary artist and designer Alex Noble's practice
To Somerset House for what we should likely call a retrospective of Isabella's high life and fine times, except hesitation over the term comes from it more likely being met with resistance from an emblematic figure who kept her eyes fixed firmly forwards and receptive, rather than let them forever settle on fashion's accepted past glories.