Elinor Birkenhead-Jones

Jewellery Designer

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  • LocationManchester, United Kingdom

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About me

 

An enthusiastic, self-motivated and creative individual with an inquisitive approach. Enjoys concept development and finds inspiration in everything. Team player, excited by the possibilities of collaboration. Relishes a challenge and acquiring new skills. Methodical with a strong attention to detail. Learns through doing and questions how things work. Looking for exciting opportunities in the creative industry.

Skills

 

  • Visual Arts
  • Drawing
  • Costume
  • Design
  • Illustrator
  • Office
  • Photoshop
  • Laser Etching
  • Laser Cutting
  • 3D Design Skills
  • Digital Embroidery
  • Woodwork
  • Making
  • Hand Sewing/machine Sewing
  • CAD /coreldraw

Work history

Currently

Artist in Residence

The Manchester College

Dec 2015
  • Delivering workshops and talks to Contemporary Practice students. Providing any additional practical and technical support with materials, techniques , CAD and laser cutting. During this time developed a jewellery collection and worked on a commission.

Currently

Front of House

Evelyns Cafe Bar

Dec 2015

2016

Creative Team

Brainchild Festival

Jan 2016 - Jun 2016
  • Designed and made large scale tactile installation, sourced materials and assisted with installation of the décor throughout the site. Utilised organisational skills and time management.

2016

Production Assistant

Wild Rumpus CIC

Jun 2016 - Jun 2016
  • Assisted Production Manager during family arts event at Dunham Massey National Trust Park. Daily set-up and take down of props around site, supervised craft tent ensuring all materials replenished, daily stock take, assisting families with any queries, monitoring safety of site and props.

2015

Surface Intern

Narrative Studio

Aug 2015 - Oct 2015
  • Awarded this internship as a prize at 2015 degree show. Assisted Head of Surface in the day to day running of the department including comp shops, market, material and trend research, mood boards, creating design sheets to pitch to clients, colour work, product illustration, product design, print design, fabric pattern development, 3D sampling, business administration. Intensive use of Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. This role developed strong time management and organisation to ensure tight deadlines were met.

2015

Studio Assistant Intern

Sarah Angold Studio

Jun 2015 - Sep 2015
  • Worked on the development of S/S 17 jewellery collection which exhibited at LFW 15. Involved in all aspects of the collection including research, drawing, design development, sourcing materials, 3D model making, sampling and production. CAD including Adobe Illustrator used to design work to be laser cut and acid etched. Given freedom to work in own style which developed confidence as a designer.

2015

Retail Assistant

Manchester International Festival

Jun 2015 - Jun 2015
  • Running the merchandise shop at MIF developed organisation and communication skills, regularly offering information about the festival to the public and answering any queries they had about the performances. Managed display of products and stock take.

2014

Studio Assistant Intern

Sara Sboul Accessories

Jul 2014 - Aug 2014
  • General assistance in the day to running of a small accessory design business. Making toiles for new collection, working on production of previous collection, pattern cutting, bag construction, machine and hand sewing, embellishment, applique, punch embroidery, quilting, piping, pompoms, fabric sourcing, collecting orders.

2014

Design Team

Just So Festival by Wild Rumpus CIC

Jan 2014 - Jul 2014
  • Designed and made installations, props and décor for an area of the festival aimed at 0-4 year olds. Designed and developed ideas in-keeping with the theme ‘Gypsy Baby’, sourced materials, managed budget and completed all work to deadline. Project was undertaken alongside University studies.

2014

Costume & Box Office

Sounds From The Other City

Apr 2014 - Apr 2014
  • Designed, made and performed in a musical costume for the moving orchestra parade, organised by performance art collective Volkov Commanders. I also worked on ticket exchange throughout the day utilising teamwork and communication skills.

2013

Stage Manager

Just So Festival by Wild Rumpus CIC

Jul 2013 - Aug 2013
  • Managed a small team of people throughout the running of the stage which built leadership, communication, teamwork and task prioritisation skills. This was a fast paced environment that required me to deal with a wide range of situations. Liaised with and looked after performers, made sure the performances ran on time and to schedule which developed time management skills. Developed problem solving skills, using initiative and fast decision making. Dealt with any queries and issues customers had developing communication skills and patience. Supervised children aged 0-16 throughout the festival. Gained invaluable experience with the running of a family Arts festival.

2013

Volunteer Performer

Sounds From The Other City

Apr 2013 - Apr 2013
  • I worked with record label Red Deer Club, performing as the Grim Reaper to take selected punters to several secret performances throughout the festival. This role required me to stay in character throughout the day and built my confidence in a performing environment and gained a good understanding of the running of a music festival. Helped with set dressing and promotion on the run up to the event.

Education

2015

Textiles in Practice

Manchester Metropolitan University

Aug 2012 - May 2015
  • Mixed Media

2012

Art and Design Foundation

The Manchester College

Aug 2011 - Apr 2012
  • BTEC National Diploma

2009

Music, Music Tech

Malbank Sixth Form College

Aug 2008 - May 2009
  • AS Levels

2008

9 GCSE A*-c

Malbank Secondary School

Aug 2003 - May 2008

    Awards

    2015

    Centre For Design and Manufacture Award

    • Selected for award during degree show

    2015

    Narrative Studio Award

    • Awarded internship with Head of Surface at Narrative for graduate collection