Architect & Property Specialist
Paul Smythe is the brainchild behind Ashton Paul Ltd, a fully comprehensive Architectural Consultancy specialising in property expertise from initial project design, planning, contractual matters, spec of works, through to complete project management and supervision of building works.
Creator and founder Paul Smythe is a passionate, highly personable, skilled and detailed surveyor with over 24 years in architectural services. Paul effortlessly provides architectural solutions both domestically and commercially; from private home improvements, renovations and extensions, through to a wide range of commercial projects. Paul has extensive experience in the design and construction of an array of offices, showrooms, restaurants, galleries and golf clubs in London and the South West. Support offered is completely scalable according to the client’s brief, large or small.
Iain Duncan C.Eng MIET
Iain Duncan has always been at the leading edge of Technology and Entrepreneurship. After earning a degree in Systems Engineering from the RMCS Shrivenham (now Cranfield), he learnt the skills of project management whilst working on an important NATO project for the MOD. With a very broad background in Engineering, Iain soon became sought after by venture capitalists in various industries to lead start-up ventures and support turnarounds in the UK, Europe and the USA. After starting his own robotics company in the USA, Iain returned to the UK to teach, but eventually returned to lead innovation for a major international defence company whereby his unique combination of commercial awareness and technology capability lead to the introduction of a number of new ventures.
Although officially retired, Iain operates a design lab consultancy for creating prototypes. Iain continues to mentor local entrepreneurs, and regularly hosts workshops promoting innovation and creativity within the wider community.
Innovative, cutting edge caterer that creates stunning ‘stand-out–of-the-crowd’ food design. Ben Tenenblat has a passion for food and startling attention to detail that has made him a signature in culinary artistry. With a background in photography and graphic design, Ben was CEO of JSOC Events for 2 years, before catering with Carole Sobell, and then partnering on with kosher caterers Jason Millan for 8 years. Ben has now founded his own catering company providing exquisite banqueting excellence for all ranges of eventing, large and small. The defining edge of Ben Tenenblat is his desire for the unique, aesthetically pleasing and unexpected. He puts the fun back in to flavour! Fine dining at its best.
Shelley Cassidy is based in London. She spent many years living in Los Angeles, where she was commissioned to paint a Mural at the International Airport, she worked with Sony pictures on an earth day project with the twenty eight volunteers the Company provided to help her execute the design. She has been featured in the Los Angeles Times and worked on a reality television show called Clean House. In addition to the ‘mural years’, Cassidy has had solo and group shows of her oil paintings both in London and Los Angeles.
A chance and fortuitous meeting with the late Evans Webb (the head of scenic design for Paramount pictures) led Cassidy to move away from Acrylics and work exclusively in oil. Shelley rented a studio next door to her mentor and prepared for her solo show at the Fairfax Gallery in London. Cassidy is a very versatile painter and loves the challenge involved in mastering a new medium.
She created a series of dog portraits under her Little Big Dog label and two and a half years ago she decided to work on a collection of prints of her work. They were very popular in the States, and the artist had to continually come up with new artwork. She was able to solve the problem by using the Brushes App that Mr. Hockney used so impressively. It was fun to explore a brand new approach to creating art.
The artist has recently returned to her roots in London and has spent months sketching scenes in and around the Capital, which she will use in order to paint her new series of paintings, which are to be featured in a major show in 2016. Although Los Angeles remains very close to her heart, Cassidy is deeply inspired by the vital energy she is capturing around the urban streets of London. At her core she is an oil painter and the vitality and viscosity of the paint leaps off of her canvases, leading the viewer into a narrative that begs to be explored.
Fruit Sculptor & Sweet Tables Event Planner
Venesa Coodien is the star behind Sparkle Dust Events with over eight years experience as a specialist event planner creating the most jaw dropping & delicious sweet tables and magical fruit and vegetable carvings. All displays are themed, designed, with backdrops, pedestals and décor to match... Venesa produces one of a kind desserts, fruit displays, sweet trees, cakes & candy buffets, along with chocolate fountains and popcorn for celebrations (weddings, wedding showers, baby showers, birthday parties, corporate events, etc.) Prestigious customers include Whipsnade Zoo and The Ramada Group of Hotels. Accolades for 2014 include Winner of the Wedding Worldwide Industry Experts Award & Regional Finalist of the UK Wedding Industry Experts Awards. Venesa Coodien of Sparkle Dust Events is the cherry on the cake!
Brought up in France, Ludovic Aublanc acquired a very early passion for interior design whilst designing interiors with his mother from the tender age of 6.
He arrived in London in 1998 with a diploma in international trade and foreign languages in hand, and was finally able to fulfil the dream of working within the design industry.
For the past 16 years, Ludovic has headed the designer retailer, Luxury Lifestyle Living - Chaplins, as Creative Director, and independently curates all retail displays and residential interiors for private clients.
Ludovic feels it is very important to create a unique design vision for creative retail display space, but most enjoys being able to create interiors that truly reflect the clients' personality and way of life. Creating beautiful interiors is a very easy task. The challenge lies in translating the client's desire into an interior that will be an extension of who they are, and how they want to live.
I have worked with Michele on various projects, and have enjoyed every minute of it. We have managed to turn work into pleasure and this can only be the sign of a perfect collaboration.
Graphic Art Designer
Allan Bailey is a multi-disciplined creative and ideas-led graphic designer with agency and in house experience. Allan has worked on projects for Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper, Fanta, Sprite and Thirst Pockets. His skill set as a Senior Designer and Art Director span over a wide variety of projects including branding, packaging, web design and advertising.
Allan enjoys working across the client spectrum from big brands to smaller ones and across a number of different sectors. Some of the clients have included campaign development, direct mail, branding, web design, exhibition graphics, experiential design, print and web advertising from inception through to final production and presentation. Allan has a wide variety of experience producing creative work for the education, charity, B2B and B2C sectors.
Allan believes that strong design comes from having a clear idea and concept. ‘I’m always happy to work closer with clients and other designers to achieve the best results possible.’
International Events Organiser
Natalie began her working life at eighteen working as a wedding coordinator for one of the most successful events group in Israel, advising couples on the various preparations for the upcoming wedding such as invitations, wedding dress, entertainment, photography etc. Later, Natalie moved on to work as an event manager for the most luxurious caterer in the industry. Organising events ranging between ten and 6,000 guests, managing up to 150 catering staff, ensuring the event ran to time, dealing with any staff or client issues. The events Natalie organised were for the upper crust of the Israeli Society, working only with state of the art suppliers and producing extravagant events.
After two years, Natalie decided to return to London. Upon her arrival, she started working for a very respectable Event Planning company, Up Town Events, as a senior event coordinator. Planning and organising bespoke events such as Charity Fundraisers, weddings, Bar/ Bat Mitzvahs, Christenings, 40th & 50th birthday parties and more. Specializing in production, room design, entertainment and full event planning, Natalie performed these events in glamorous hotels, custom built marquees and unique venues, coordinating from start to finish the entire events: assisting with invitations, locating the right suppliers, bringing to life the vision of the hosts and producing memorable unforgettable parties.
Following all her extensive experience both in Israel eventing and the vast knowledge gained working in the UK, Natalie has discovered a gap in the market for clients from around the world that wished to produce their event in the UK and internationally. Natalie now heads her own company, Natalie Cole Events to host such events.
Refining and nourishing his unpolished creativity as a younger man, Dom Pattinson attended Winchester School of Art and graduated with a BA (Hons); his post-graduate education saw him matriculate to Glasgow School of Art to study for an MA which stoked a pursuit for a creative outlet and a platform from which to convey a message.
Artist Dom Pattinson smelts care-free, audacious attitudes and sassiness with street art influences to produce his own style upon large canvas. Dom’s experience which includes ten years of teaching turbulent teenagers, extends to indulging in the craft of boat-making, including production design for Casino Royale (2006). In addition to exhibitions in Amsterdam, Paris, New York and the successful Kiss My Art... Because I’m Going Global Shoreditch solo-exhibition, he has also had two sell-out collections at New York and London’s Affordable Art Fairs.
Dom creates sassy, provocative imagery that connects with everyone on different levels, a fundamental pillar of urban art; his art is often comprised of repeated stencil patterns using a pastel palette contrasted with bold black interspersed with bursts of flavoursome colour.
Experimentation with printmaking, stencilling, spray-painting, collage and acrylics help him to capture his muse of everyday life. Dom’s paintings merge concepts laced with reminiscent connotations of wayward teenage-hood, with noetic motifs which more often than not boast satire.
Dom is also a resident artist at Interior Angles Art and Design Gallery, Chelmsford, and has exhibited work there since 2009.
Commercial Makeup Artist
Born in to a family of graphic designers, Sara was swathed in art and design from a young age which catapulted her in to the make believe world of theatrical face painting. Sara began her career in beauty therapy and also studied at the Mai Lee Beauty Academy, but her designs are largely self-taught, and she has transformed herself in to a creative artistic guru. Sara undertakes fashion shows, magazine shoots, as well as working in TV and short films. Sara specialises in creative face painting ideal for event theming but also configures dramatic static commercial displays. She is as happy painting a table leg as a limb! To date working at the Para Olympics remains a keystone in her glittering career.
Themed Event Designer & Window Dresser
A creative graphic designer with over 20 years’ experience in the design industry who has worked for both private and corporate sectors, in graphic & event design.
Fan Savva expanded into event design full time in 2001 after starting up own business and realising that event design was her calling. A passion for creating conversation provoking table displays & bespoke events. Renowned for the wow factor, won’t accept anything less.
A creative genius, with meticulous attention to detail. Theming is her speciality, always welcoming a challenge to get the creative juices flowing! Fan Savva is a guru from graphics, branding & logo design, corporate literature & stationary through to eventing, invitation & collateral design, table displays, theming, production and event management.
Cartoonist & Illustrator
Neil Kerber is one the UK's leading cartoonists, a three times award winner of National Press Award, Sports Journalist Award & Cartoon Art Trust. Neil Kerber has been helping bring a smile to the nation for the past 20 years. His drawing style has been described as cute, warm, silly, and at times weird, while the jokes have been known to bring a full belly laugh to the reader. Kerber's cartoons are instantly recognisable, being a regular fixture in Private Eye, GQ, The Daily Mirror and various other top publications over the years.
As well as appearing in well-known publications, Kerber also enjoys creating bespoke cartoons for PR companies and brands. Recent clients have included Evian, Adobe, Amnesty international, and TalkTalk. Visual humour can say so much more than words, and can be an excellent way to get that message across.
Kerber is also creating huge waves in the fashion industry, with his cartoon supermodel Polly Bean having modelled for Vogue.com, Harvey Nichols, DKNY, Evian,…and male model OLLIE featuring in a 5 page spread in GQ. This has led to Kerber launching Cartoon Model Management, the world’s only cartoon model agency.
Aside from the work he does on his own, and in collaboration with other Designers, Kerber also spends every day with his partner / buddy David Black, creating wonderful cartoons for the Daily Mirror, and developing some great creations. Kerber and Black have twice won the prestigious Sports Cartoonist of the Year award, and Neil Kerber is the current holder of The Cartoon Arts Trust Joke Cartoonist of the Year.
Animator & Cartoonist
Paul Solomons is a freelance Flash character animator and cartoonist based in London. Paul has worked on all manner of animation projects for companies in the UK and abroad including TV show pilots , music videos, promotional sequences, explainer videos, eCards, Messenger content (winks, dynamic display pictures), emoticons/smileys (including 2 sets for People Per Hour) and more. Paul’s animation work has appeared on TV and the web.
Following the popularity of Paul Solomons animated eCards , Paul recently signed a deal with a major US eCard company, ww.123greetings.com, to produce cards exclusively for them. There are currently around 30 eCards on the site with a turnover of 1 million cards. The eCards can also be found previously on www.123kort.dk in Denmark and www.wishawish.com in the UK.
Paul has worked on whiteboard animations, most notably creating an explanatory video for Ignite – sponsors of the British Skeleton team, ahead of their gold medal success at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
When required, Paul provides narration, voice characterization and music in combination with his animations.
As a cartoonist, he has produced cartoons for newspapers, magazines, greetings cards, books, games, logos/mascots and much more.
As well as working freelance and in collaboration with other Designers , Paul teaches courses in Cartooning at The Institute in London and gives lectures on the subject at various exhibitions and corporate training days.
Paul Solomons is a member of the Cartoonists’ Club of Great Britain.
David Augustin attended St. Martin's School of Art where he scored a 1st in Fine Art. He went on to study English at UCL before setting up a career as a muralist and paint finish expert, whilst simultaneously running mural projects for the unemployed for several local councils. His multi award-winning work appears in the UK and overseas in many a public building, private residence, company foyers, in addition to celebrities commissions… the likes of Stringfellow’s apartment, a couple of oil sheiks and MPs. David now paints canvases to commission, and is pursuing his interest in aerial abstraction with displays in 4 London Galleries and Saatchi Art online.