Nicola Streeten

The benefit of mutual over self

Of the circles above, which shows more red? Yes! and what this demonstrates is the greater visibility or impact of doing things with others, not alone. This month I have been thinking more about this, informing my friendship-based methodology as well as a longer term vision I am working towards with John Plowman

“What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?” Henry David Thoreau

It has been a delightfully quiet summer, with time to formulate a future plan and the rationale behind it. The idea of buying land and building a straw home has developed. The idea felt somewhat empty to me, leaving a dangling "SO WHAT?" On a drive we caught Clare Balding on Radio 4's Ramblings. She was talking to LGBT+ Outdoor Adventures Group and one of the contributors talked about getting away from the idea of self care and focusing on mutual care. It struck a chord. With discussions and inspirations from a range of sources, including listening to American poet Ross Gay talking Tending Joy and Practicing Delight on the On Being podcast with American journalist and author Krista Tippett about the founding of the Bloomington Community Orchard and deep considerations of what our unmet dreams consist of, we plan to create a Cultural Encounter Centre. This will not be an individual venture, but rely on working with others to realise. And Mutualism is a thing ! So we will form a Post Mutualist group, to act together to question concepts of living, ageing, creativity, family, home and environment through our lived experience. This is the very early stage, the preparation for the fertilisation of a seed, the preparation of the body before conception. My loose visualisation is of a dream, excuse my odd inclusion of the car parking and wcs in my drawing!

Our first stage is somewhat mundane, as we must work on the chapel in preparation for selling next year. Meanwhile reading Thoreau's "Walden" which I downloaded for no cost seems to make sense in these times.


changing the world through comics

And of course deeply intwined in my personal and professional life is the work of We are now fundraising towards the 2020 women-only prize for graphic novels in progress, that is now open for submissions.
Please spread the word and do consider entering.

Our current strand of activity is the LDC Professional Development Workshops and on Saturday 26 October I will be running one with practical tips and exercises to assist in the approach and process of applying for public funding. So if you, or anyone you know is working on a creative project for which they would benefit from time, please join me.

And do have a look at the other workshops we are hosting on the next 3 Saturdays in London. All the details are here

Graphic Novel 
Online Mentoring Programme

I am continuing to run structured mentoring programmes of 5 one-hour one-to-one skype sessions at regular intervals over 6 months. These are customised to assist you in the production of your graphic novel. This offer provides  guidance for all levels of experience and skill. Drop me a line if you think this is what you are looking for. I am happy to be flexible with the activity

The offer:
  • Guidance on structured planning and time management
  • Setting manageable targets
  • Assistance with narrative and character development
  • Critical feedback on work in progress 
  • Professional advice and friendly encouragement

Cost: £250.00 
Book now:

Dr Nicola Streeten is a published graphic novelist and comics historian. With over twenty years’ experience as a freelance illustrator, since 2009 she has been working specifically with the comics form. Nicola has extensive experience of delivering comics workshops, both nationally and internationally in a variety of contexts to people of all levels. Since 2014 she has taught on Art and Design undergraduate courses at London College of Communication (UAL), Kingston University and Brighton University and on courses at The Creative Writing Programme, Brighton. Her work mentoring artists individually has been a central element of her role in developing and delivering outcomes for the British Council “Creating Heroines” project since 2018. She has sat as judge on the Myriad First Graphic Novel competition and for the Laydeez Awards prize.

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