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Emily Irving

Visual Merchandiser and Freelance creative

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  • LevelJunior
  • LocationDartford, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsIllustrator - Maker - Art Director


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About me

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.


  • Theatre
  • Art Photography
  • Picture Editing
  • Retouching
  • Craft
  • Sculpture
  • Props Assistant
  • Mixed Media
  • Illustration
  • Assisting Art Department
  • Creative Direction
  • Set Decorator

Work history


Visual Merchandiser

American Eagle

Nov 2014
  • 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.


Creative Design Intern

Fab Design

Aug 2014 - Aug 2014
  • 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.


Art Directors Assistant

High Noon Show

May 2014 - Jun 2014
  • 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.


Art Department Assistant & Set Builder

Sophie Bernberg Productions

Mar 2014 - May 2014
  • 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.


Co-curator & Creative Assistant

Made it with my Hands

Mar 2014 - Mar 2014
  • 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.


Graphic Design Assistant

Amar Hall Events

May 2013 - Aug 2013
  • 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.




The Arts University Bournemouth

Aug 2011 - May 2014
  • First class BA (Hons)