Gillian Lake-Thompson
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Gillian Lake-Thompson

Illustrator, Designer & Founder of O What A Feeling | Textile & Paper Goods Co.Winchester, United Kingdom
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Gillian Lake-Thompson

Illustrator, Designer & Founder of O What A Feeling | Textile & Paper Goods Co.Winchester, 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. Founder of O What A Feeling | Textile & Paper Goods Co.
Projects
  • Christmas Cards by O What A Feeling: Textile & Paper Goods Co.
    Christmas Cards by O What A Feeling: Textile & Paper Goods Co.Collection of illustrated Christmas cards by O What A Feeling: Textile & Paper Goods Co. including LGBTQ+ Christmas cards, Polish Christmas cards, Spanish Christmas cards, French Christmas cards, Portuguese Christmas cards and more! Available to purchase from https://owhatafeeling.co.uk/product-category/greeting-cards-by-o-what-a-feeling/christmas/
  • Hanukkah Card Collection for O What A Feeling: Textile & Paper Goods Co.
    Hanukkah Card Collection for O What A Feeling: Textile & Paper Goods Co.Collection of Hanukkah cards for O What A Feeling: Textile & Paper Goods Co. Available to purchase at https://owhatafeeling.co.uk/product-category/greeting-cards-by-o-what-a-feeling/hanukkah/
  • 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.
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Work history
    O What A Feeling: Textile & Paper Goods Co. logo
    O What A Feeling: Textile & Paper Goods Co. logo
    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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    Sessional Lecturer in Printmaking, Textiles & CADBasingstoke College of Technology
     - Basingstoke, United KingdomFull Time
    As a sessional printed textiles & CAD lecturer on the BA Fashion for Textiles course at BCoT (validated by the University of Winchester) from 02/2016 to 07/2017 my duties included: teaching learning and assessment, developing lesson plans and schemes of learning; designing handouts relevant to the curriculum (dyeing & printing techniques, and Photoshop/Illustrator skills relevant to fashion & textiles, digital embroidery, laser cutting, trend forecasting and mood/presentation board design); maintaining accurate and timely electronic registers of student attendance; continuously upgrading my skillset (especially concerning digital technology and marketing) to enhance the curriculum; organising the annual end-of-year fashion show and exhibition; promoting and marketing the course on social media and open days; ensuring a high quality student experience in line with departmental and university-level framework; actively participating in departmental meetings as well as meetings with our awarding body and external moderators. During this time I also completed all mandatory training including Safeguarding, Prevent, and general health & safety training as well as completing a Level 3 Award in Education & Training (PTLLS). In my role as sessional printmaking lecturer for our 10-week evening courses (04/2018 - 12/2019) my responsibilities included: teaching a variety of printmaking techniques (screen-printing, drypoint, metal etching, lino & block-printing, collagraphy, monoprinting, heat press printing); preparation of lesson plans and schemes of learning and continuously updating and tailoring them to student needs and differences in learning styles; designing hand-outs for the various techniques covered; maintaining accurate and timely electronic registers of student attendance; marketing the course and showcasing student work on social media; and preparing and mounting student work for the end of year exhibition as an opportunity to promote our short courses to the public.
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Skills
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Indesign
  • Printmaking
  • Illustration
  • Screen Printing
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamworking
  • Social Media
Education
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    Master of ArtsWinchester School of Art, University of Southampton
     - Winchester, United Kingdom
    MA (with distinction) in Textile Design
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    BFA Fashion and TextilesNova Scotia College of Art and Design University
     - Halifax, Canada
    Graduated with 3.85 GPA (Equivalent to UK First Class degree)