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  • LevelJunior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsMarketing Executive - Accounts Assistant

About me

While studying 3D Design I discovered that I had a passion for finding creative solutions to everyday life. I was trained in both computer aided and practical prototyping design, earning a First Class Hons qualification. My final year projects were centered around Inclusive Design for the kitchen and water Coservation. These designs were exhibited during New Designers, DesignersBlock LDF and The Global Grad Show Dubai, a curation of the best graduate projects worldwide. I was also awarded a 2nd prize during the RSA Student Design Awards for my water conserving bath toy; The Bath Boat. Outside of studies I interned at an interior design company and was in training as their marketing executive. Upon graduation, after acquiring my marketing skills, I joined an influential Design PR agency in London, representing influential clients such as Petite Friture and Artemide. I then made the move to John Lewis of Hungerford, as design support, a role that combines my passion for creativity with my interest in user-centred design and customer relations.

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Work history

Currently

Creative Intern

The Fleming Collection

Jun 2013
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • The Fleming Collection is the only gallery devoted to Scottish art in the UK and has become known as 'an embassy for Scottish art'. It is home to one of the finest collections of Scottish art with paintings dating from 1770 to the present day. I was employed as a gallery assistant and front of house to the gallery. I discussed artworks with potential buyers and art enthusiasts with confidence. I was entrusted with priceless works of art and influential patrons of the art, by being professional and dependable.

2017

Global Grad Show Exhibitor, Dubai Design Week 2017

Global Grad Show

Nov 2017 - Nov 2017
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Full Time
  • My project The Bath Boat was chosen to exhibit in the Global Grad Show during Dubai Design Week 2017. I was a representative for the UK, exhibiting alongside 43 other countries. The Global Grad Show is an exhibition of student works from the world’s leading design schools, held each November as part of Dubai Design Week. The purpose of the show is to bring together highlights from the degree shows of the most innovative technology and design programs in the world. The projects exhibited comprise a kind of collective intelligence, channeled through the various schools and pointed at the most pressing issues of our time: how to increase access to education, food, and shelter; how to encourage exchange and build community; how to reduce waste and generate clean energy. Held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-Chairman of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, and in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3) and supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. The Bath Boat was featured in Forbes and Elle Decor Italia roundups of the show.

2017

Kitchen Design Support

John Lewis of Hungerford

Mar 2017 - Dec 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • In my role as design support for John Lewis of Hungerford I have a variety of responsibilities ranging from showroom care to finalising kitchen designs and orders. The position combines my love of customer interaction with my passion for problem solving design. My responsibilities include: - Running the showroom on the managers days off. - Customer interaction ranging from phone calls, showroom tours, preliminary consultations, final orders and complaints. - Creating and adapting designs to clients specifications. - Project management and co-ordinating product manufacture, fitting and appliance installations of kitchens. - Dealing with customer complaints. - Billing projects and writing up payments. - Taking payments. - Admin to the showroom - taking charge of company resources and ordering these in when required.

2016

Designers Block Exhibitor LDF'16

Designersblock

Sep 2016 - Sep 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • During the London Design Festival 2016 I exhibited my kitchen utensil range developed for Dyspraxia and Dyslexia in the renowned OXO Tower, London, with DesignersBlock.

2016

New Designers Exhibitor

New Designers

Jul 2016 - Jul 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • I showcased my final project at the New Designers Show in 2016. This was an excellent networking opportunity and my work received a lot praise for its unique and personal approach to design.

2017

Account Assistant Design

Bacchus PR

Jul 2016 - Mar 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • During my time at Bacchus Agency I acted as part of their design team. This involved meetings and customer interaction with our leading design clients such as Petite Friture, Nude, Artemide and Andy Martin. I contacted key members of the design press in order to procure inspirational editorial content for our clients. I also helped organise events to extend their coverage and influence such as the LDF closing party 2016 L'eden with Perrier Jouet. I was also trusted to produce monthly reports for clients as well as keeping them up to date with their features on various platforms. The team's social media presence was another of my tasks, involving weekly updates on Bacchus Agency's Instagram and Twitter.

2016

Design Intern - Trainee Marketing Executive

MyBespokeRoom

Jan 2016 - Jul 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • During my final year at university I completed a six month part-time internship with 'MyBespokeRoom', an interior design company in London. This is an affordable interior styling company, which adds style and elegance to a home without the 'hefty price tag'. My key role has been sourcing and adding attractive products to an extensive database. These products are added to individual mood boards for customers as well as sourced for our 'Snap and Source' service. This works through customers sending in photographs of desired objects, with a budget included, and we find three similar products within the price range. I also change the 'Our Top Picks Right Now' section on the website regularly. These are always based around a specific theme such as spring, Valentine's day or the Queen's birthday. I have also helped develop 'Shop Stories' on the new 'Our Shop' section of the website. This is a fun and accessible way of laying out our huge database of products for customers to shop from. I sourced at least 15 products for each shop story such as '16 boutique beds' and 'Be bold with this season's coolest pattern: Geometrics'. I am currently working on many more shop stories to be published. This internship has been a crucial experience and insight into creative businesses, their economics, their pricing structures and their customers. Laura and Diana, the founders of MyBespokeRoom, have given me lots of responsibility and challenges that I have risen to. I have been flexible and adapted myself to many tasks and roles within the company. It has been a wonderful experience and I have learnt quickly as I have gone along. I was eventually trained for a bigger role in the company as Marketing executive. I learned how to market for newsletters and emails to subscribers in a fun and engaging way. I also published social media posts advertising the company and engaging customers in an unobtrusive way. In this time I learnt a lot about marketing strategy and social media.

2015

Oct 2015 - Oct 2015
  • Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • I acted as a member of exhibition staff at The Northern Design Festival 2015. I helped set up the stalls to designers' specifications. This involved a level of trust from the exhibitors and a creative, hard-working attitude. We worked in an efficient team to get all of the displays ready in time, often working under time pressure to ensure everything was displayed at its best. I also interacted with visitors, describing and showcasing the design pieces, taking initiative to discuss and advertise the work on display. I helped visitors fill out questionnaires about the show. This meant being entrusted with personal details and learning from customer responses.

2015

Exhibition Staff

designjunction

Sep 2015 - Oct 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • I worked for a second year at The Design Junction, Design Festival in London, after thoroughly enjoying my first year working at the event. At the event, I helped prepare the venue and set up the displays under tight time pressure as part of a team. (See below a photograph of the Design Junction Tube Stop put together by our team in two days). I also enjoyed a great deal of interaction with exhibiting designers when helping with their stands and completing arrangements to their precise specifications. This was a very valuable experience and insight into how to promote design pieces. While working on exhibition ticketing and sales I also had the opportunity of frequent customer interaction. I often took the initiative to help visitors personally by guiding them through a rather complex venue. I also had the chance to attend the exhibitor and designer events. This gave me a key insight into networking and I learnt how to promote myself to fellow designers. I was entrusted with promoting and safeguarding the products being auctioned for the 'Teddy's Wish Charity'. This was very close to the organisers' heart, so it was an important task and the auction was very successful.

2016

Photography tutor

Self Directed

Sep 2015 - Jun 2016
  • Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • During my final year at University I tutored an A level student in Photography. This experience involved a lot of one-on-one communication. I was entrusted with helping my student achieve the standards of the A Level school boards for Photography. This was a careful collaboration of creativity and technical skills to get the best results and teach the correct techniques. My Tutee gained a lot of success through my support. She earned full marks in an entire module and an A* overall.

2014

Exhibition Staff

designjunction

Aug 2014 - Sep 2014
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • I worked at the Design Junction in London in the summer of 2014. This was a great experience and insight into the design world. I worked in a cohesive team to set up the venue and exhibitors' stalls and exhibition spaces. This was all done to tight deadlines. However, my organisational skills and positive attitude enabled me to cope well with this. Setting up the venue was a great way to meet the exhibitors who put a lot of faith in us to ensure their work was displayed at its best and not damaged. We were trusted to carry and place very expensive pieces. Once the exhibition began, I helped on tills and in the box office for the first few days. This involved a lot of social interaction and customer service skills. I had the responsibility to promote the highly successful charity auction at the event. I thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity and took the initiative to fully research the charity's aims and the products being auctioned. I also had the opportunity to help guest speakers in the lecture hall. These included prestigious and successful designers such as Alberto Alessi, who I enjoyed meeting in person. I was invited to exhibitor networking events where I met a number of leading designers. This was useful experience in self-presentation.

2014

Dec 2013 - Jan 2014
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • I particularly enjoyed work experience with the Modern Garden Furniture Company in 2013. In my time with this inspirational company I learnt about product sales and ordering stock - how a successful design company is run. My duties included stock checking, processing shipping details and compiling swatches for customers. I also composed advertising emails and helped to organise important correspondence. I met with clients and was showcased products in the warehouse along with other members of the team. I honed my skills in using computer modelling program, Google Sketch-up. I was entrusted to critique preliminary designs that were not yet available to the public. This was an important experience and a great insight into how to design towards the specifications of this high-end companies exacting clientele.

Education

2016

BA (Hons) 3D Product and Furniture Design - First Class Honours (1st)

Northumbria Unversity

Sep 2013 - Jun 2016
  • Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  • I achieved a First Calls Hons 3D Degree where I was trained in CAD, AutoCAD and SolidWorks, and prototyping in wood, metal and 3D printing. My final project was a set of kitchen utensils to help people with grip issues and Dyspraxia in the kitchen.

2013

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Falmouth University

Sep 2012 - Jun 2013
  • Falmouth, United Kingdom
  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design experimenting with graphics, painting, drawings, sculpture, jewellery, metal-work, wood-work, computer design, animation, photography, products and furniture. Specialising in 'Upcycling' furniture to earn a Merit on the prestigious course.

2012

A Level & GCSE

Woldingham School

Sep 2005 - Jun 2012
  • Marden Park, Woldingham, Caterham CR3 7YA, UK
  • I achieved 11 GCSE's - A*-B - English (A) and Maths (B) I achieved 3 A Levels - Fine Art (B), History (B) & History of Art (C) Activities and Societies: Life Drawing, Debate Club, Senior Choir, School Orchestra, Flute, Singing, Basoon, Piano and Guitar.

Awards

2017

Selected for the Global Grad Show, Dubai Design Week 2017

Global Grad Show

  • The Global Grad Show is an annual exhibition of graduate projects from design schools around the world, held each November as part of Dubai Design Week. The exhibition brings together highlights from the degree shows of the most innovative technology and design programs in the world. Last year, it featured works from 50 universities in 30 countries. This includes well established schools such as MIT, Royal College of Art, and National University of Singapore, as well as smaller ones such as Srishti Institute in Bangalore and Higher Institute of Industrial Design in Havana. I have been shortlisted to exhibit in the third edition of Global Grad Show this November with The Bath Boat.

2016

2nd The RSA Student Design Awards - Sustainably Clean

RSA Design

  • A Highly Commended 2nd Place Award for my project 'The Bath Boat' - a bath toy to conserve water in children's baths and teach young people about the importance of considerate water use.

2011

The Art and Design Award

Woldingham School

  • I was awarded the annual school award for success in Art and Design for two consecutive years while studying at Woldingham School (2010 and 2011).

2010

Art and Design Scholarship

Woldingham School

  • I achieved a scholarship for my success in art and design at Woldingham School.

2010

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Duke of Edinburgh

2010

Private Enterprise - Gold Certificate Double Merit (Highest Award)

Private Enterprise

  • I achieved the highest award for the Private Enterprise while at school. This was a creative enterprise project including business plans and user research. I produced a range of teddy bears to promote good international awareness from a young age.

2010

Head of the Art Committee

Woldingham School

  • Head of a Commitee for the art scholars and gifted and talented children throughout the years of the school. This involved holding after school classes and representing the art and design departments on all academic committees.

2009

UK Junior Mathematical Challenge - Bronze

UK Mathematics Trust

  • While attending Woldingham School I achieved a Bronze certificate for the UK Junior Mathematical Challenge. This was awarded by the UK Mathematics Trust.