Carlota Cabrera Ballesteros

Set Designer/ Prop Maker

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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About me

 

I am a multidisciplinary Visual Artist, Set Designer, Prop Stylist & Maker with a passion for aesthetics as well as a great sense of narrative and colour. With a background in Set Design my work is often playful and surrealist. I have experience with a wide variety of practical skills such as Prop Making, Scenic Painting, Sourcing, Set Dressing, Sewing and Basic Set Building. During my time in the industry I have worked within a diverse range of roles with clients in Theatre ( The Lighthouse Theatre, Poole), Events (Somerley Tea Party Festival & Good Vibrations Festival), as well as Film and Editorial. Moreover, I am accustomed to working with specific briefs, tight budgets and deadlines as well as translating & developing the ideas of others into creative and innovative concepts. Apart from having a great drive for my practice I have an eagerness to keep learning new skills and approaches within the industry and I thrive when working in a team and collaborating with other people’s visions and opinions. I also consider myself to have good leadership skills when needed. I am committed to bring to work a strong dedication and an enthusiasm, as well as a creative and dynamic personality

Skills

 

  • Fashion
  • Events
  • Film
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
  • Art Direction
  • Drawing
  • Costume Design
  • Design
  • Sewing
  • Set Decorator
  • Excel
  • Indesign
  • Word
  • Prop Making

Work history

2016

Reiss Window Display Prop Maker

Studio Paraschiva

Apr 2016 - Jun 2016
  • Making and developing the Props for Reiss's Regent Street Display. Designed by Ana Maria Pasescu.

2016

Junior Set Designer

Cow Events Ltd

Mar 2016 - Jun 2016
  • Assisting and designing sets for a series of pop-up and experiential events for Not On the High Street. Prop making and sourcing.

2016

Assistant Prop Buyer, Maker and Event Stylist

studio boo

Nov 2015 - Feb 2016
  • My responsibilities in this job ranged from sourcing, buying and making Props to helping with the transportation of the Props to the Event Sites. During my time in this job role I also assisted in helping set up and take down the Events.

2015

Scenic Artist, Set Dresser and Prop Maker

Hampstead Christmas Festival

Nov 2015 - Nov 2015
  • This was a non-profit event organised by The Hampstead Christmas Festival. My role in this project was to help with all the pre-production involved in creating Santa's Grotto. My duties ranged from Scenic painting, Prop Making & Sourcing, Set Building as well as moving all the Props and Scenery to the location and back. Throughout this project it was extremely important to have great communication with the other team members as well as with the Event organisers in order to get everything done efficiently and to a good level.

2015

Maker & Builder for an Event Installation

Fromage Studio

Sep 2015 - Oct 2015
  • This project compromised the making 5 Installations/Sculptures for the Creative Director of a new upcoming bank. My duties were to help out the team in any possible way in order to complete this project in a very limited time frame. Throughout this project I assisted with scenic painting, prop making, carpentry as well as contributed my ideas for the design of some pieces.

2015

Decor & Building Team

Somerley Tea Party Festival 2015

May 2015 - Jun 2015
  • A Music Festival set in the New Forest for a day of the worlds very finest underground electronic music. For this Festival the team built a huge Tropical Beach Lounge Installation in the middle of the woods. My duties throughout this project were varied; Prop making and sourcing, decorating, basic carpentry/woodwork, scenic painting & styling as well as re-upholstering pieces of furniture. It was also important to work in a team and collaborate with others in order to complete this project.

2015

Production Designer for Glass Slipper’ Commercial

The Arts Univesity Bournemouth

Feb 2015 - May 2015
  • My duties were, first of all, to come up with various designs for the 5 different eras & locations this short was set on. The challenges of this project were multiple, mainly because the budget was small and it needed 5 different sets ranging from a 17th Century Kitchen to a 1950s Wedding. Amongst my responsibilities as a production designer I also had to schedule, liaise with and manage my team, source and make/build all of the props and furniture pieces, paint and decorate the sets whilst always keeping track of the budget and time frame we had available. It was a very challenging project but the end result was great and the short film was featured in multiple online publications (The Drum, Fubiz, Ads of The World and The Daily Mail) as well as achieving an award for The Drum Ad of The Week.

2015

Decor & Building Team

Good Vibrations Festival 2015

Mar 2015 - Apr 2015
  • This intimate festival provided that necessary respite from those worries that sneak their way into our everyday lives by creating a unique environment allowing you to unplug and recharge. The aim of this project was to make and create the whole decor for this event. My duties involved prop making & sourcing, scenic painting, carpentry and liaising with the other team members in order to complete this project.

2015

Lead Scenic Artist, Prop Buyer and Sourcer for ’earthquakes in London

The Lighthouse Theatre Poole

Jan 2015 - Feb 2015
  • My main role was as lead scenic artist for this production. I created samples and developed them onto the set. Liaising with other team members and delegating on my assistant scenic artists. I was also responsible for buying and ordering all the materials needed as well as props and furniture pieces and managing my allocated budget.

2014

Set Dresser for Short Film

Bournemouth University

Dec 2014 - Dec 2014
  • In this project my main duties were to transport all the props needed to the location and to style them in accordance to the Designer's needs.

2014

Lead Scenic Artist, Prop Maker and Sourcer for ’No Name

The Arts Univesity Bournemouth

Sep 2014 - Nov 2014
  • Throughout this production I assisted the Set Designer in multiple ways. I developed all the the scenic samples that were needed for this project in accordance to the set designers needs, meanwhile I also sourced and made all the props required for this production. This was a very big project therefore I also had to manage and direct my team whilst keeping track of my allocated budget. As the Set Designer's Assistant I was also present in all the Production meetings and represented her whilst liaising with collaborators and other members of the team.

2014

Set Designer’s Assistant & Scenic Artist for Women

The Arts Univesity Bournemouth

Aug 2014 - Nov 2014
  • My role was to assist the Set Designer in any way possible. My duties ranged from sourcing and buying props and set pieces to fixing up and re upholstering furniture pieces. It also involved partially managing the productions budget and being an assistant scenic artist for the show. As the Set Designer's Assistant I was also present in all the Production meetings and represented him whilst liaising with collaborators and other members of the team.

2014

Assistant Scenic Artist for Rights of Man

The Arts Univesity Bournemouth

Nov 2014 - Nov 2014
  • My main role for this production was to assist the Lead Scenic Artist with anything she needed. My duties ranged from ordering materials and paints to making and styling props and helping with all the scenic painting.

2014

Assistant Scenic Artist & Prop Maker for ’vanity Fair

The Arts Univesity Bournemouth

Sep 2014 - Oct 2014
  • My main role in this production was to assist the Lead Scenic Artist with anything he needed. My duties ranged from ordering materials and paints to making and styling props and helping with all the scenic painting.

Education

2015

BA(Hons) Costume with Performance Design

Arts University Bournemouth

Aug 2012 - May 2015

    2012

    Foundation Diploma in Art Design

    Arts University Bournemouth

    Aug 2011 - May 2012