I am an adaptable, independent learner, with a natural intuition for the visual, alongside strong written and verbal communication skills. I am thorough, resourceful, and methodical, with a calm measured approach. I like to comprehensively gather, investigate, and present information; creative research is a task that I particularly enjoy and I am eclectic in my explorations. I am both perceptive and analytical, with an inquisitive mind and a meticulous practice - my past managerial roles have necessitated that I work responsibly and autonomously, and behave in a professional, and personable manner. I am currently seeking employment between the present date and the 23rd September 2016, after which I will be completing a Postgraduate Diploma in the History of Art, at The Courtauld Institute of Art. I am hoping to utilize this time to both engage in the study of new skills, and exercise those which I have already cultivated, in a role which requires responsibility for a variety of tasks, encourages development, and gives my passions purpose; ideally within the digital and print media, arts and culture, and creative research fields.
Barkeep at The Venture Inn, Reigate - Waitress at Deborah Payton Events Catering, Reigate - Barkeep at Reigate Rugby Club, Reigate
Metail is a rapidly evolving fashion technology start-up company, developing online body shape and garment fit visualisations; my role in this company gave me a fantastic opportunity to gain substantial commercial experience within a sophisticated fashion ecommerce team using cutting-edge technology. As a member of the operations team, I was consistently involved in the entire digitisation process, from photography to quality control, playing a crucial role in ensuring that the high quality of visualisation was maintained. I was required to provide consistent feedback on this process both internally and to retail partners. I also assisted on various projects including the very successful #CherWears marketing campaign (a tribute to 90’s cult classic movie ‘Clueless’). I supplied retailer research and analysis for the account management teams, offering suggestions for mutually beneficial collaborations, utilizing the visual literacy and research skills that I developed whilst at university. I also contributed ideas for the design of new software within the products and the UX teams, providing insights on how to effectivley scale future operations. I conducted qualitative user testing, and was involved in the 3D primary data collection for a visualisation research study. In addition to this, I mentored new staff members.
My extensive role at Urban Kitchen Coffee House and Wine Bar has greatly advanced my staff management skills, and the ability to deal with challenging situations quickly, efficiently, and with composure. I have full training as a barista and barkeep and was responsible for training new staff members. I also attended managerial meetings during which I was asked for my thoughts and ideas regarding moving the company forward and enhancing the current performance of the business, this involved the implementation of loyalty reward schemes and various promotional opportunities.
My role at Oakdene Designs included the digital processing and altering of images for print, alongside the hand-manufacture of products and various administrative tasks; my employment at this company has given me an understanding of client focused design and production, as well as extensive experience in the use of software such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.
Assistance in Croydon Fashion Festival, Croydon Food Festival, Child Safety Campaigns
2010 - 2011: Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, UAL Certificate in Drawing, University of the Arts London: Camberwell College of Arts
2003 - 2008: 12 A* - B GCSEs, Reigate School, Reigate
2011 - 2014: Photography/Photography in Europe, Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours, weighted degree aggregate 80%, Nottingham Trent University My visual practice during my time at university predominantly sought to investigate the parameters of the photographic portrait, considering the modernist motifs of equivalence, multiplicity, and the fragmented presentation of the ‘self’. This was reflected in my final major project, titled ‘Albertine’. The work aspired to reject the purely literal surface readings of each individual image associated with the conventional notions of portraiture; working toward eschewing the singular identifying portrait, and replacing it with a multiplicity of images that accentuate and explore the limitless discursive constructability of the human face when presented in the photograph. My dissertation further explored this theme, titled ‘Do Modernist Values Still have Value Within Photography?’. The piece was an extensive investigation of modernism, from notions of representation, through to expressionism and abstraction, and subsequently, the reinvention and revalidation of these tenets within postmodernism and metamodernism. The work spanned art, music, literature and philosophy, with a key focus on the political, social, and psychological experience of society, and the effects of the former regarding the shifting understanding of the ontology of photography. Alongside these personal endeavours, and the critical studies which vastly expanded my knowledge of art history and theory, completing my degree also supported the advancement of my technical abilities. I am now familiar with both studio and location lighting, competent using digital cameras, with particular experience using a Nikon D70. I am adept in the use of Adobe Creative Suite, with advanced skills in Microsoft Office. I am able to scan and print both analogue and digital images, with a great deal of experience using 35mm to 5x4 analogue format. My proficiency and my passion lies within analogue processing and printing in both colour, and black and white.
2008 - 2010: 3 A* - B A-Levels in Photography, English Literature, and Psychology; certificates in Money Management, Planning for Progression, Workplace Hazard Awareness and Communication, Reigate College, Reigate
Commissioned Work Being a practicing image-maker has given me invaluable insight into the working world of images, nurturing an awareness of the handling of photography and print media within a business environment; as a result I have become accustomed to tasks such as copywriting, archiving and licensing. I have also taken part in a number of exhibitions, my involvement in which has allowed me to gather a holistic understanding of the different aspects involved in producing and promoting an event. Zines, catalogues, and other supplementary promotional material were produced alongside the shows, both digitally and in print, the construction of which incorporated tasks such as copy, edit, social media management, and graphic design. 03/14: student profiling for online graduate platform, Pinch Punch 04/12: lookbook, product shots, and promotional photographs for Beaufox Clothing SS12 Collection 02/12: stock photographer for Uni2Know, Nottingham Trent Student Magazine 01/12: stock photographer and events pho
Exhibitions 06/14: Free Range Photography Exhibition, The Old Truman Brewery, London 05/14: Black Box Photography Exhibition, Liverpool Street Studios, Nottingham 05/14: Photography Exhibition, New Art Exchange, Nottingham 03/13: 175m2 Photography Exhibition, The Nottingham Workshop, Nottingham 06/11: Foundation Diploma Show, University of the Arts London: Camberwell College of Arts