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I recently completed my final year of studying Fine Art (BA Hons) at Central Saint Martins University, London. My course focussed on conceptual art practise and I continuously focused on representing conceptual ideas through my art. I took part in regular group critiques and tutorials to to gain different perspectives of my work, and to aid in the inspiration and progression of others. As well as this, I created variations of exhibiting environments (mainly installation) for both my own work, and collaborations with peers, to host regular open studios for the public. As well as a strong ability to curate within an art gallery environment, through university and work experiences, I also have experience in visual merchandising, window display installation, and styling. I have an interest in visual representation, and wish to continue to work in a creative environment.
As a Visual Merchandiser at Topshop, my day to day job role includes creating rack- ups and outfit builds in preparation for launching new trends, and merchandising this in store to correctly represent the trend and its colour palette. I place new lines in their fitting trend and ensure best sellers are played up, as well as out- posting accessories to visually complete a section. I style mannequins, steam their clothes and dress them to a high standard. Along side this I install light box graphics, window vinyls, magnetic wall graphics, and re cover display flooring. I have also recently completed the model store seasonal set up for the brand.
My role involved assisting all customers over the phone and via email, in any queries they had about their orders or the company’s services. I ensured all had a speedy and helpful response whilst in the busy sales period. Using order systems to assist customers who do not have access to the internet, and taking over the phone payments, and making sure every customer has the desired uniform for their child before the start of school.
Working alongside my visual manager, I merchandised the clothing within the store, as well as being responsible for a variety of other tasks. This included placing new lines and best sellers in trend, replenishing stock, and updating graphics. Another main part to my job was dressing the store windows to a high visual standard (which I was commended for) as well as styling the in store mannequins according to their trend placement. This was a high paced job, as trends were constantly changing, and new sales launching. I was responsible for ensuring all checklists were completed before the opening of the store every morning and also trained sales assistants to support myself and my manager on night shifts.
Aiding in the every day running of the Gallery, my tasks greatly varied. I played a part in the upkeep of social media accounts, with regular posts, correlating to upcoming and current events, ensuring there was strong visual and written content. I assisted the curator with setting up new, temporary exhibitions, aiding in the placement of works, installation, general maintenance, and light placement. I aided with the writing of exhibition literature, whilst ensuring they met the specifications of both the artists, and the gallery. To do so, gaining relationships with the exhibiting artists was of great importance. Other responsibilities included creating children’s activity leaflets for certain events, and covering the front of house position when needed. I also regularly merchandised the on site shop as well as the ‘artist of the month’ section within it.
Working in the busy London environment, I was required to test myself on a daily basis. By working with a diverse range of customers, I developed a great standard of customer service skills. Daily tasks included maintaining the quality of the shop floor, handling money, completing refund and float declarations and assisting new staff on the till point.
I personally mentored art foundation students at the college, assisting in the process of creating their portfolios for university interviews (giving personal examples), and aiding in an understanding of interview techniques and processes. Answering any questions about or in relation to university and guiding them towards their next educational achievement.
Degree Attained: 2.1
UAL Drawing Award also obtained.
A- Level: Art and Design (B) Art History (C) AS- Level: Business Studies (D)
Art and Design: A Graphics: A Mathematics: A English Language: B Physics: B Biology: B Dance: B Citizenship: B Chemistry: C French: C