Christopher kelly

Set designer, Fashion designer, fashion tutor

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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About me

 

Christopher Kelly is a London based designer working across set design, prop making, fashion design and education.

Skills

 

  • Fashion
  • Advertising
  • Events
  • Theatre
  • TV
  • Art Direction
  • Public Art
  • Sculpture
  • Costume Design
  • Design
  • Pattern Making
  • Sewing
  • Outdoor Campaigns
  • Set Decorator
  • Illustrator

Work history

Currently

Prop Maker & Set Designer

Greenpeace International

Jan 2013
  • I have worked on various freelance projects for international charity Greenpeace but most famously I created a specially commissioned super-puppet polar bear, the size of a London double decker bus and weighing around three tonnes, will be the focal point for the UK leg of Greenpeace International’s day of action to protect the Arctic on Sunday 15th September 2013. The huge bear, which needs 15 puppeteers to operate and 30 volunteers to haul it through the streets of London, will be passing some of the capital’s most iconic buildings and will be followed by thousands of people on foot and by bike. In a unique collaboration with Greenpeace, Aurora, the three tonne polar bear, has been designed by Christopher Kelly in consultation with leading props designer Simon Costin. The bear is being manufactured by Factory Settings, whose previous work inlude the Paralympic opening ceremony and the London 2012 closing ceremony.

Currently

Prop Maker & Set Designer

Greenpeace International

Jan 2013
  • I have worked on various freelance projects for international charity Greenpeace but most famously I created a specially commissioned super-puppet polar bear, the size of a London double decker bus and weighing around three tonnes, will be the focal point for the UK leg of Greenpeace International’s day of action to protect the Arctic on Sunday 15th September 2013. The huge bear, which needs 15 puppeteers to operate and 30 volunteers to haul it through the streets of London, will be passing some of the capital’s most iconic buildings and will be followed by thousands of people on foot and by bike. In a unique collaboration with Greenpeace, Aurora, the three tonne polar bear, has been designed by Christopher Kelly in consultation with leading props designer Simon Costin. The bear is being manufactured by Factory Settings, whose previous work inlude the Paralympic opening ceremony and the London 2012 closing ceremony.

2014

Art Director & Set Designer

National Portrait Gallery

Mar 2014 - Apr 2014
  • An Ealing Trilogy, was a commissioned piece by director Eelyn Lee and the National Portrait Gallery, I was art director for the new piece of moving image work as part of the NPG's annual Creative Connections programme. Collaborating with Eelyn and students from Brentside High School we took references from portraits at NPG and the students own concepts. My roles was to bring to life their ideas in an 8-minute video installation which was exhibited at the gallery from June - Sept, 2014. Alongside art directing the piece I created props and sets for the backdrop of the piece as well as styling the students who were to be acting in the films. The work went on to be exhibited at Pitzhanger Manor Gallery, Ealing. In Dec 2014 it was selected for Les Rencontres Internationales, a festival celebrating new cinema and contemporary art and screened at the GAÎTÉ LYRIQUE in Paris.

Education

2000

Fashion Studies

University of Derby

Aug 1996 - Jun 2000
  • BA Hons fashion studies 2.1 Course included: fashion design /construction Business & marketing and 1 year industry experience

1996

Fashion and Textiles

Basingstoke College of Technology

Aug 1994 - Jun 1996
  • BTEC National Diploma in Fashion & Textiles. Distinction & student of the year.

1994

Art and Design

Eastleigh College

Aug 1993 - Jun 1994
  • GNVQ Art & Design. Pass Qualification Includes Mathematics & English Lit/Lang. GCSE Level.