Charmaine Corea
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Charmaine Corea

Textile Designer & Creative DirectorUnited Kingdom
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Charmaine Corea

Textile Designer & Creative DirectorUnited Kingdom
About me
Naturally creative and highly competitive, with a sharp mind and attentive nature quick to listen, learn and apply new skills. An adventurer who appreciates difference and culture, exploring wherever possible via travel and design. A natural story teller who highly values the finer details, with an innate ability to convey concepts via composition and styling. Art Direction and luxury textiles are my passion, where I am able to combine skill, personality and artistic flair into a strategic business model. A love of texture, confident use of colour along with an inquisitive personality have fuelled my desire for knowledge, and proven profitable in both professional or developmental practice. A grounded individual with a transparent and personable character, who thrives in positive creative environments and is driven by challenge. I am ready to embark on a fruitful creative career and fulfil my purpose.
Projects
  • Textile Beginnings MR
    Textile Beginnings MRDrawing my way into the hearts of buyers.
  • Nature's Odyssey
    Nature's OdysseyTHE GRADUATE COLLECTION As a weave and print textile designer my style is eclectic; with an underlying objective of producing unique and luxurious outcomes, using a combination of traditional and experimental methods. The basis of this collection was inspired by clashing concepts in nature, challenging the perception of beauty, commonality and quality. Influencers included artist Deanna Pethabridge, along with Elsa Schiaparelli for her pioneering work in womens wear. These along with my contrast
  • Florals for Fashion
    Florals for FashionInterning at Mirjam Rouden textile studio over the past six months has been a great learning curve. An introduction into the fast paced commercialism of design for fashion textiles, and all it has to offer. Producing floral prints for mainstream fashion is not my natural design aesthetic, however embracing a new challenge and the opportunity to grow my skillset is. These hand drawn florals are trend focused for SS18, as the subject matter is a safe design choice, no matter the era or uncertainty of the industries climate. This collection showcases small florals with a minimal finish, are frequently printed to prospective clients and are available for purchase. Keep a look out for a design or two sold to a major retailer, and global fashion player across both mainstream and luxury projects.
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Work history
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    Graduate Textile DesignerMirjam Rouden
    London, United KingdomInternship
    Show an awareness of print trends via the design of new textile collections. Use a variety techniques, favouring hand drawn imagery through to digital composition, to produce commercial repeats to a professional standard. A high turnaround of creativity and interaction with the Creative Director. Design development resulted in the sale of my prints internationally. Managed workload and represented MR during sales appointments and trade shows; including Debenhams, The Business Design Centre and Premier Vision Paris 2018. Professionalism and paying close attention to client specifications generated new contacts and sales. Assisted CAD team with the preparation of sold artwork, including a taster session in AVA software.
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    Graphic DesignerBlackburn Loxley
     - London, United KingdomFreelance
    Commissioned via word of mouth for the revamp of the companies stationary and logo, prior to the websites update.
Skills
  • Brand Design
  • Customer Services
  • Direct Sales
  • Styling
  • Textiles Methods/design/repeat/print
  • Hand Weaving
  • Adobe Illustrator/photoshop/indesign
  • Teaching
  • Photography
  • Art Diection
Education
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    BA (Hons) Textile DesignHereford College of Art
     - Hereford, United Kingdom
    Having had an eight year gap working various freelance and part time roles, my professional skills had inevitably grown across a broad spectrum of fields, providing the skills listed above. However a passion for creating and desire to focus my career led to the study of textile design, on a top-up year where I could expand on previous knowledge. The year was undoubtably challenging, however an internship was awarded and a 2:1 achieved despite majoring in a complex technique I had no prior knowledge or training in; manual weaving. My final collection drew on the strengths of old (print design) and new practice, weave.
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    TEFL Teaching English as a Foreign LanguageLondon Metropolitan University
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    Intense short course that provided the basis for teaching English as Foreign language. The following year, my training was put to practical use as an au-pair in Spain for 3 months. Further experience as a teaching assistant lead to volunteering at a local charity who support migrants, where I independently taught a weekly class for three years.
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Awards
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    The Elmley Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement at Degree Level Herford College of Art
    Shortlisted