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Emily Irving is a 3D maker, illustrator and paper artist based in Kent. She has recently graduated from The Arts University Bournemouth with a First class BA (Hons) in Illustration, having completed an FdA in Art and Design there previously. Emily explores shape and form through her practice and is fascinated by the process of construction. Predominantly using paper and card, her work manifests itself into playful scenes and props which are designed to be interacted with and that often generates a sense of nostalgia. Her work is distinctive by the use of bright, bold colours she uses and the clean cut finish in which her objects are executed. Emily's work has evolved during her time studying, beginning with layered paper cut outs on flat surfaces, which gave her the chance to explore some stop motion animation. Now, her work is predominantly larger three dimensional pieces which feature paper mechanisms and pop up elements. Emily is also currently employed as the lead visual merchandiser for American Eagle. This allows her to lead a team in assisting in tasks such as successful production of store and window displays, to be used for daily trade, promotions and events. This has allowed her to spread my creativity into a broader area of work, in organising the layout and structure of the store, as well as, passing on her creativity through the management of the team.
Producing effective store and window displays for daily trade promotions and events. Re-dressing bustforms and preparing the floorset team to prep merchandise for displays, bustforms, wardrobers, and tables.
Assisting with idea generation and concepting. Attending meetings with clients and overseeing projects from initial ideas to final artwork. Using my previous design and adobe programme experience, I aided the team with photo manipulation and editing for packaging design. Reviewing final layouts and suggesting improvements.
Organising the illustration graduates degree show, I aided with the branding and promotion of the show, overseeing all final artworks. Assisting with the curation of the show, deciding where the art will be placed; hanging and installing the pieces. Aided with the running of all show nights and managing expenses.
Working on ‘Who sees the son’ short film, I aided the production designer as the sole art department assistant. This role included vast prop sourcing and altering and spending my time on set, building each scene.
Wishing to showcase the works of traditional illustrators, we created an event solely for the hand drawn, three dimensional and textile artists within our course. After selecting a venue, we pitched our ideas to the gallery owner and then organised the works of the artists over a number of days. Having curated and hung all work, we then hosted the opening night of the exhibition and in doing so, raised money to go towards our gradute degree show.
As a freelance graphic design assistant, I created all the promotional produce for the companys summer events. I spent my time designing their event logo, posters, leaflets, and tickets. From the original ideas and editing these designs through to the final printed products, I worked closely with the events manager to ensure their vision was fulfilled.
First class BA (Hons)