Francesca Mclean

Freelance Illustrator & Designer

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About me

 

Highly confident MA Illustration graduate, with a passion for the Arts and learning environments. Extensive experience in working with galleries and collaborating with local schools and art establishments, driven to establish a career in Arts Education. Freelance Illustrator working with gouache and ink stamps to create illustrations and pattern designs inspired by the beautiful english countryside I've been lucky enough to grow up surrounded by. I enjoy playing with colour to create vibrant, bold designs.

Skills

 

  • Surface and Pattern Design
  • Illustration
  • Photoshop
  • Wacom
  • Art Sales
  • Coaching and Workshops
  • Design
  • Illustrator
  • Adobe Creative Suite: In Design

Work history

Currently

Illustrator

Francesca Mclean Illustration

Sep 2009
  • Salisbury, UK
  • Freelance
  • I work as a freelance illustrator completing live briefs for clients. This includes editorial work for online platforms such as ‘The Grid’, and producing books such as ‘Fab-Fresh-Food’ for Fisherton Mill Café. I also produce self-directed artwork that I exhibit in various exhibitions and art fairs, including a solo show at Panel Pop Gallery in 2014, in Melbourne Australia. Areas of design expertise include Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design, and use of Wacom Intuos Pro Tablet.

Currently

Sales & Gallery Assistant

Fisherton Mill Gallery

Oct 2010
  • Salisbury, UK
  • Full Time
  • I worked in this role Full Time from October 2010 to January 2013, and I have now returned Part Time. Assisting with organising exhibitions, ensuring the Gallery Manager was fully supported in all aspects from researching relevant artists, to contacting exhibitors and co-ordinating exhibition set up. Responsible for maintaining the gallery space to an extremely high standard – including displaying artwork and ensuring the space is clean and presented beautifully. Providing an extremely high level of customer service. Executing strong computer skills including Excel, Word & Microsoft Outlook, proven by keeping up to date spreadsheets and documents for artist sales & information.

2016

Student Representative

University Of The Arts London

Sep 2015 - Jul 2016
  • Camberwell, London, UK
  • Full Time
  • Elected course representative for MA Illustration. Communicating with students to find any issues on the course. Attending meetings and forums representing the needs of students to college staff. Help to run extra-curricular activities such as socials, guest lectures and trips.

2015

Gallery Steward

Salisbury Museum

May 2015 - Sep 2015
  • Full Time
  • Duties included helping visitors orientate around the museum. Ensuring the exhibition was staffed at all times. Managing the visitor flow and ensuring that access was maintained for all. Helping to manage timed bookings for groups and individuals. Managing Turner volunteer stewards on the same shift and allocating tasks. Supporting the administration of the museum as appropriate.

2015

Artist Residency

NewRED Artist Studios

Mar 2011 - Sep 2015
  • Salisbury, UK
  • Freelance
  • Organising and curating exhibitions quarterly. The exhibitions were extremely organised, I ensured the tasks from advertising through to hanging work were executed on time. Demonstrating key practical skills including: designing and preparing exhibition space, building display walls, painting walls and floors, executing the tasks to a professional level. Establishing strong community links with existing institutions – proven from collaborations and exhibitions with local schools and Art establishments.

Education

2016

Sep 2015 - Jul 2016
  • Camberwell, London, UK
  • I have recently graduated from MA Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts. I specialised in surface pattern design, creating designs using gouache and ink stamps, which were constructed using Photoshop. My final designs were printed onto fabric.

2009

BA(Hons) Drawing and Applied Arts

University of the West of England

Sep 2006 - Jul 2009
  • Bristol, UK

Awards

2014

Mottisfont Open 2014

The National Trust

  • I was shortlisted and took part in the National Trust's Mottisfont Open 2014 Exhibition.