The Creative Mentor Network

The Creative Mentor Network

  • Elltham Hill school- The creative network

The lucky post 16+ students recently started the 16-week programme with The Creative Mentor Network, and were treated to a special visit from the charities founder Isabelle Farchy. The network is a London based charity, which trains mentors and connects them with young talent who are looking to work within the creative industry. The charity helps create awareness to those in low-income communities, where the creative industry is perceived as a risky option to work in.

The charity is well aware of the issues facing young people who don’t know anyone personally who works within the creative industry. The creative mentor network goes around this by pairing up young people who come from a diverse background and who reside from London with a mentor within the creative industry. As a modern internship now means working for free, in hopes of then grasping yourself a junior position within the company. The majority of these internships are only accessible to those who have financial support, even when completing there is only a 50/50 chance of being offered a job at the end of it.

Fardous a year 13 student was mentored by kate, a creative at Havas she has been joining Kate on the scene of Stan ‘Lees lucky’, she has visited the filming of the rooftop scene. Fardous quoted “It was great to see what a real film set looks like. I was introduced to the production coordinator for the show and I have learnt all about the different camera angles and techniques involved in a film set and the different roles everyone plays.”

Sarah a mentor with The Creative Network is a designer at Conran design group, she mainly works on branding and campaign work. Her recent clientele includes Burberry, Cancer research UK, Danone and Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. Her role is as an ideas lead, working predominately across print but also on web and digital moving images where she is able to offer useful support and guidance. Sarah was paired up with are year 13 student Beatrice throughout the duration of the project. Beatrice’s mentor has given feedback on her progression commenting “Beatrice is passionate, confident, hard-working, pro-active, resourceful and clearly has such an enthusiasm for the work she is doing, immersing herself in all aspects of learning which in my eyes will make her invaluable as a designer.”

Ruby are year 13 student was paired with her mentor Paul Davis an entrepreneur, during there time working together Paul helped Ruby design and make products to be sold on her website. The two even developed a website and social media platforms for Ruby to market and sell her products on.

Below read about Ruby’s experience in her own words, working with The Creative Mentor Network and her experience working Paul Davis.

“The founder of the Creative Mentor Network, Isabelle Farchy came to the school and talked about what it was. They paired me up with an entrepreneur mentor Paul Davis, who helped me create my own website and I made my own products. And he helped me create a leaflet for a national competition to win one of my products.
We used some of my designs that I created from rubbish that I found on the beach near Dover. I found some chairs in a skip, which I reupholstered by covering my designs on them. One of the chairs is up for competition, which if your interested draw an illustration that is about the theme sustainability and post on Instagram with the #lmrchaircomp and follow my Instagram @Ruby_Print_Design I sold one at the graduation that happened last Thursday, which went for £100.
I intend to continue making products from found objects and also making other interiors.”