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I am a freelance artist/illustrator/designer/thinker and graduate of the Royal College of Art in London. My current work is particularly concerned with the development of communication strategies for dealing with complex social issues, including the psychology of transformation, ecological literacy, sustainability and advocating the role of inclusive design to the wider public. I also have a background in systems science and visual thinking techniques. I strive to find the 'Profound Simplicity' that allows us to develop creative, resilient and adaptive solutions amongst complexity. I am also passionate about storytelling, both visual and aural, and the influence narrative design can have on inspiring transformation on both a personal and collective level. To quote the storyteller and psychotherapist Erica Helm Meade:

"The stories we tell ourselves shape our perception of the moment, influence our actions, set the tone for the future, and even have the power to self-fulfill… For this reason we need positive self-stories that are just, compassionate, forward-looking and true… When our self-stories are based in compelling truth, and when they follow a viably optimistic arc toward meaningful outcomes, then they help to energize and inspire us.”

The projects on this website are a mixture of personal and commissioned work. For a full CV, or any other information please e-mail me at ali@alihodgson.co.uk

Education:
2012-to date, Therapist Training Course, The Optimum Health Clinic, London
2006–08 MA Communication Art & Design, Royal College of Art, London
2008 Caltd Teacher Training Certificate, University of the Arts London
2001-05 BA (Hons) Illustration, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee

Work & Experience:
2011-to date, Co-founder and head of communications development, Hackney Children's Art School
2009-2012, International Futures Forum, visual research assistance
2008-2009, EcoLabs, research assistance
2007 Moschops Collective, stallholder at The Backyard Market, Brick Lane, London
2005-2008, Decision Integrity Ltd, visual research assistance
2005-06 Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio, volunteer studio assistant, Dundee
2004 Airside Studios, work placement, London

Teaching & lecturing:
Alongside receiving a Caltd Teacher Training Certificate from the University of the Arts London, I have had experience both as a workshop leader and assistant at a range of levels and settings within the UK and abroad, from primary and secondary pupils to undergraduate and postgraduate level students and professional adults. Workshops have been devised on numerous themes, from basic craft skills, visual storytelling and comics, to inclusive and co-design experiences concerning social and global issues. I have lectured about my own practice and other subjects including ecological and narrative design at university level.

Exhibitions:
2011 Hackney Children's Art School Christmas Exhibition, Hackney, London
2008 Final Show, RCA, London
2007 Work In Progress Show, RCA, London
2007 Slovenia RE:Discovered, Hockney Galley (RCA), London
2007 Slovenia RE:Discovered, Celje, Slovenia
2007 5x5, Hockney Gallery (RCA), London
2007 Oberon Book Illustration Awards, RCA, London
2007 21grams, Dazed & Confused Gallery, London
2006 Red Door Gallery, Edinburgh
2005 Xmas Print Show, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee
2005 D&AD New Blood, London

Awards:
2011 Gane Trust Award, an arts grant awarded to aid the development of outstanding art & design in the South West
2008 Design For Our Future Selves award for Inclusive Communication, awarded by the Helen Hamlyn Research Centre and Big Idea
2006 Young Persons Business Grant, Business Gateway, Dundee

Some previous clients include:
The Helen Hamlyn Research Centre; EcoLabs; Ken Yeang at Llewelyn Davies Yeang; New Future Magazine; MagTies; RM Solicitors; The Wadebridge Bookshop; Running Amok, Analogue Books; The Scotland on Sunday; PleasureCards; Location Magazine; Highbury Estate; Decision Integrity; The International Futures Forum; Kate Hodgson Jewellery Design, Katie & Kim's Kitchen

A testimonial from Joseph Reynolds, Age 6