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Summary

I am a creative person with a lot of enthusiasm and positivity!

Services

  • 7 Years
  • Expert
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp

I trained in Textile Design at Ravensbourne College and Central Saint Martins. I have a passion for small intricate techniques and I enjoy the versatility of textiles techniques and their adaptability within other areas of design.

My interest in ethical and sustainable design practice challenges me to think about traditional or commonly used techniques and their affect on people and the environment. I have a lot of experience working with upcycling techniques and waste material. Pioneering company Worn Again, whose corporate clients include Virgin Atlantic, Mcdonalds, Eurostar, are one of the sustainably aware organisations which I have worked for. It was with them I gained an insight into huge resource that is waste materials.

Since then, I have become an individual Fellow of The Ethical Fashion Forum and Source platform. I also now run textile workshops and assist with The Slow Textiles Group.

I am now at Cockpit Arts Holborn, sharing a studio with other Designer-Makers who are on their joint creative Careers Programme with The Princes Trust.

  • 10+ Years
  • Expert
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time

Painting with acrylics/ watercolour/ fabric paints, drawing - freehand / photoshop / illustrator, quite handy with a scalpel, pottery/ moulding, paper/card craft, mixed media artwork, plastic... basically, anything you can think of I will try once. If you need a solution, I will find one for you!

  • 2 Years
  • Improving
  • Part time

I have always had an interest in marketing and networking. As a designer-Maker I have to use all tools available to promote myself and my work.

Since the start of 2013, I have been volunteering for Architecture for Humanity, a charitable organisation concerned with the built environment. As part of the core volunteer team, I have helped to design and make structures at Clerkenwell Design Week and WOMAD Festival for Tangentfield.

I am now part of the Social Media Team.

  • 2 Years
  • Improving
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time

Organiser: Admin, finances, management of other helpers and artist roles, event management for Private View evenings, Sales.

Curator: Selection of artwork, curating shows, hanging exhibition, creation of poster/flyer for advertising.

  • 2 Years
  • Improving
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time

Creative Stylist - give me an object or a piece of fabric & I'll create a whole new style!

Credentials (2)

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Projects (8)

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Wedding Invitations

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Designing the wedding invite to the specifications of the bride & groom.
Themes: Nature (flowers a& natural forms), music & lyrics, fire tattoo, wedding ribbon...

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Cracker Exhibition

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PRIVATE VIEW: 5-9pm, Wed 12th December: FREE ENTRY

Artists: Carol Phillips | Ceci Gato Lombardi | Gillian Best Powell | Kat LiBretto | Kelda Hole | Leyla Folwell | Lijia Tang (featured artwork) | Lingting Kao | Michael | Rebekah Dunsmuir | Shawket Serri | Melinda Lauw
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“COR BLIMEY! She’s a cracker!” “Crackers & Cheese anyone?” “He’s gone a bit crackers…” “Who wants to pull a cracker???”

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Elements of Surprise exhibit

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A surprising and intriguing combination of artwork. The words were inspired by a song... the singer who has a very natural and earthy voice, which led to the concept of expressing the elements.
It was also curated with the idea of light and vision in mind... sight, reflection, see-through, shadow, movement.

Work History

Exhibition Organiser / Pop-up shop Manager

Core@Nolias Gallery / Oooo! Boutique

September 2012 - March 2013

For 'RISE' Exhibitions part 1 & 2: Selecting artists and designers, marketing invitations and design, social networking publicity, curating exhibition, running Private View design and organising, assistant manager of gallery.

Simultaneously, I ran Oooo! Boutique pop-up shop in the front of the gallery for a few months.

Intern

Don Baez

March 2012 - March 2012

I visited Uruguay to look after my grandmother. I was fortunate enough that we had a family contact from don Baez and so during my stay, I was able to intern for a few days per week, helping with design, styling, window dressing and translation.

Textile & Knitwear Designer / Maker

Marimodo

February 2012 - February 2012

Designed and created Hand Knitted jumper-dress.
Translated illustration and print design into knitted textile. Re-created themes within the collection in the garment. Created knitwear spec and measurements. Hand knitted intarsia of 7 gradient colours. Use of various gauges of hand knit. Final construction and finishes.

Production Assistant - Freelance

Barrow & Gale

May 2011 - February 2012

Duties include marking, operating industrial sewing machines and die-cut machines, using fastening tools, soldering, leather-working, receptions/PA duties.

Hand Embriderer

Heidi Leung

July 2011 - September 2011

Heidi Leung won a place in the Fashion Fringe 2011 competition. My main role was to embroider panels using Mountmellick hand embroidery technique which is white embroidery on white fabric. Other roles included assisting with the catwalk show, dressing models and offering support to others.

Workshop Assistant & Exhibition Invigilator - Freelance

Stitches in Time

June 2011 - September 2011

Guiding people through exhibitions and giving them information.

Teaching and assisting at workshops for children and adults.

PA to Directors / Research Assistant / Intern

Worn Again

January 2011 - September 2011

I started as a Research and Development Intern then progressed on to a part time PA to the Directors. My work involved databases, design, financial spread sheets, stockroom, online business accounts management, distributing stock, company representative, customer correspondance.

Assistant Teacher

Chiswick Holiday Courses

April 2005 - August 2011

Chiswick Holiday courses has become a second home for me and the team is one huge extended family.
I have worked there every summer for so many years that I have seen the children grow up to become great young people. I enjoy working with the children, seeing them learn and create and most importantly have fun!

Artist Assistant

Second Floor Studios for Helen Pynor

April 2011 - April 2011

Assisting artist with detailed scalpel work on her current artwork.

Knitwear Intern

People Tree

July 2010 - February 2011

6 month internship part time assisting in the design of AW11 knitted garments and accessories. Duties including fashion spec creation/ editing and other photoshop work, swatching knitted samples, grading, visual feedback for knitwear, deliveries, showroom duties... Great people and a fantastic company to work for!

Sales Associate

All Saints Selfridges

October 2008 - July 2010

I enjoy this fast paced atmosphere and the companies interesting designs. I was with the company for almost two years and I am very grateful to have worked with some lovely and talented people.

Bag knitter A/W 2010

Nicomede Talavera

January 2010 - February 2010

For Nicomede's AW 2010 collection, I knitted a bag from cut leather cord. The bag included the main body and strap and was accesorised later on. It is currently featured in the 10th photograph on his website.

Garment & Accessories Knitter AW 2010

Emilio de la Morena

February 2010 - February 2010

I produced a knitted top in thick cream wool with a silver foil effect over. The garment was hand knitted, foiled and linked together in 2 days. I was given the opportunity via my colleague and friend Elena Munoz. It was shown on the Vogue and LFW websites.

Designer-Maker

Zoe Powell

September 2009 - Present

I enjoy the versatility of textiles techniques and their adaptability within other areas of design.

My focus is on ethical techniques such as zero-waste, using fairtrade/ organic/natural resources.

Exploring a project need with the resources available is what I do best.

Assistant

Reem Alasadi, London Fashion Weekend

September 2009 - September 2009

I was doing work experience with Reem for London Fashion Weekend and a sample sale the following week.

Sales Associate

The French Linen Company

April 2007 - July 2008

I worked here for just over a year at Selfridges & Liberty's. This gae me great experience within luxury retail and bed linen. I also took a keen interest in their textile design.

Textile Designer

Inside In by Sara Palacios Goerger

November 2007 - January 2008

I collaborated with Sara Palacios Goerger on her MA Design degree show project. It was based on the concept of creating a product for a person which demonstarted their personality through their lifestyle, hobbies and memories. The person Sara chose was her close friend Isabella, a leather accessories designer. We explored visual design through colours and textiles that she liked emphasising the tactile features of various yarns and fabrics. The chosen product was a bag and so we explored the objects and products that Isabella used everday to personalise it further. The Final piece and project was titled 'InsideIn' which expresses the individuals personality through the interior of the bag.

Sales Associate

Debenhams Desire

April 2006 - June 2007

I would help customers on a one to one basis providing personal shopping services including bra fitting, gift buying, maternity wear and Debenhams Card services.

Artist

Cor Blimey Arts

August 2006 - February 2007

I had a small studio at Cor Blimey Arts and shared it with fellow artist Chantelle Purcell.

Imprinters Assistant

Imprints Ltd conc

August 2004 - January 2006

I would assist the Printer with the administration, sales, stock and delivery. It could sometimes be a very hands-on role when taking a print!

Receptionist and Fabrics Library Assistant

KCA International Interior

July 2003 - August 2003

I would greet clients and guests on arrival, answer the switchboard telephone as well as some mailroom duties. I also had a hand in organising and filing various materials swatches in the fabrics library.

Qualifications & Certifications

BA Textile Design

Central Saint Martins

Foundation Diploma - Fashion & Textiles

Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication

Christ The King Sixth Form College

Sydenham High School

Grade 9

The English College, Dubai, UAE

The International School of Choueifat

Zoe Powell

London, England, UK