Gillian Lake-Thompson

Gillian Lake-Thompson

Illustrator, printmaker & surface pattern designerWinchester, United Kingdom
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Gillian Lake-Thompson

Gillian Lake-Thompson

Illustrator, printmaker & surface pattern designerWinchester, United Kingdom
About me
Creative & hard-working designer based in Winchester, UK with a varied background including stationery & textiles design, printmaking, illustration and social media content creation.
  • Online Marketing for O What A Feeling: Textile & Paper Goods Co.
    Online Marketing for O What A Feeling: Textile & Paper Goods Co.Digital promotional materials and social media activity for O What A Feeling: Textile & Paper Goods Co. Includes product photography and formatting for various social media streams (namely Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest) as well as creating banners, captions and appropriate hashtags.
  • MA Textile Design Collection
    MA Textile Design CollectionA collection of bird-themed textile designs and fashion illustrations produced during my MA in textile design at the Winchester School of Art.
  • Greeting Cards for O What A Feeling: Textile & Paper Goods Co.
    Greeting Cards for O What A Feeling: Textile & Paper Goods Co.A range of greeting cards designed for O What A Feeling's greeting card collection. Sold through Etsy and wholesaled in boutique stationery shops worldwide. Featured by Huffington Post, HGTV, Diva Magazine, House Beautiful and PaperCrave.
  • Greeting Cards for Thortful
    Greeting Cards for ThortfulA range of illustrated and hand-lettered greeting cards, available through Thortful as single cards, card sets and gift sets.
  • Surface Pattern Design
    Surface Pattern DesignA series of repeat patterns designed for Patternbank, destined for the fashion, homeware, giftware and stationery markets.
  • Bloom Magazine
    Bloom MagazineIf I had to list some dream clients that I would love to work with in the future, Bloom Magazine would be near the top. I designed a series of covers for future magazines to showcase my magazine cover layout skills, using high-quality stock photography from
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Work history
    Art & Design TechnicianBasingstoke College of Technology
    Basingstoke, United KingdomFull Time
    In my current role as fashion & textiles technician, my remit includes: running practical workshops on specialist techniques (screen-printing, dyeing, pattern cutting, garment construction, handweaving, machine knitting, Photoshop/Illustrator, etc...) for Level 3 Extended Diploma and pre-degree Foundation students (and previously BA students) within the fashion, textile & printmaking studios; organising on and off-site exhibitions of student work throughout the year; assisting with activities and displays for applicant evenings, open days and school visits; preparing handouts and samples of specialist techniques and materials; designing and producing promotional materials such as newsletters, posters, brochures, badges, stickers and laser cut keyrings to market courses and workshops and promoting the work of our students on social media; maintaining the studios (printmaking/dye/knit/weave/fashion studios), ordering supplies and preparing studios and materials for lessons; repairing and maintaining textile & fashion equipment (knitting machines, sewing machines, looms, printmaking equipment, etc); inducting students on the safe use of machinery and processes; keeping accurate records of inductions, COSHH, PUWER, and risk assessments; covering lessons when lecturers are ill or unavailable; accompanying students and tutors on study trips; completing mandatory training including Safeguarding, Prevent, and Health and Safety as well as First Aid training; and participating in weekly departmental meetings and regular PDRs. Throughout my tenure I have been continuously upgrading my skillset to include new processes including laser cutting and digital embroidery software, large format printing, 3-D printing, as well as improving my existing skills with industrial Dubied knitting machines, mechanical Dobby floor looms, pattern cutting, and Adobe software.
    Founder & DesignerO What A Feeling: Textile & Paper Goods Co.
    Winchester, United KingdomFull Time
    I founded O What A Feeling in 2015 after completing my MA in Textile Design and desiring a return to professional creative practice. Based at Yard Studios in Winchester, O What A Feeling is a design studio specialising in stationery, giftware and surface pattern design, retailing both directly to consumers (Etsy and Thortful) as well as wholesaling to various retailers worldwide and selling surface patterns online through Patternbank. As founder and designer, my duties include: product design using both traditional and digital artmaking techniques; product photography; trend research; maintaining & organising a tidy studio space; keeping accurate records of inventory and supplies; accounting & bookkeeping; liaising with suppliers; updating website and social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, monthly MailChimp newsletters and competitions); customer service; packing & posting orders; working under pressure to design, manufacture and ship orders within tight deadlines; updating line sheets and designing seasonal wholesale catalogues; continuously upgrading my skills to incorporate innovative new techniques and technologies, with respect to both product design and marketing; and participating in annual Hampshire Open Studios weekends at The Yard.
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  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Indesign
  • Printmaking
  • Illustration
  • Screen Printing
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamworking
  • Social Media
    Master of ArtsWinchester School of Art, University of Southampton
     - Winchester, United Kingdom
    MA (with distinction) in Textile Design
    BFA Fashion and TextilesNova Scotia College of Art and Design University
     - Halifax, Canada
    Graduated with 3.85 GPA (Equivalent to UK First Class degree)