Photo courtesy of Jessica Yarnall.

Hello! I’m Jessica from Nottingham, England – home of Robin Hood. Very soon I will be emigrating to Sydney, Australia to work, travel and indulge in Vegemite.

I studied Interior Architecture at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The course focused on reworking, reusing and redefining heritage buildings to ensure that they are once again relevant and valued in society. I found myself drawn to art and exhibition design within existing buildings. After graduation, I worked as an architectural assistant in Brighton before landing myself the role of Junior Museum and Exhibition Designer at Haley Sharpe Design, Leicester.

In the future, I would love to work within a large museum as part of a creative design team, collaborating with curators, educators, researchers and storytellers.

When I am not working with or exploring museums, I like to spend time outdoors. I am a lover of paddle boarding, swimming, climbing (rocks or trees!) and cycling. I am also a flautist of 15 years and a dog enthusiast.

One of my favourite places to visit is New Art Exchange in Nottingham, an art gallery highlighting the value of diversity and celebrating the multiculturalism of the local area. They host lectures, screenings and festivals- inviting visitors to celebrate the music, festivities, art and craft of different cultures and share it with those discovering them for the first time. The richness of the programme makes NAE as much of a community hub as an art centre.

Currently, I am listening to podcasts such as Happy Place, Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness. A common discussion point is the issue of competition and comparison to others on social media. Whether it is comparison of lifestyle or body image, girls feel pressure to alter themselves for ‘likes’. The resounding advice is simple: unfollow people that make you feel inadequate. Nothing is as it seems on social media – it is a curation of the best bits after all!

-Jessica Yarnall
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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