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My name is Karen and I am an Irish designer living and working in London. I have expertise in textile and graphic design. I have a passion for colour and pattern and tackle each brief with a focused yet playful approach. My work experience has covered a variety of design roles due to my background in textile design and graphic design. I am looking to develop my design skills further by working alongside talented creatives in the design community.
As creative studio assistant at Haberdashery my role is to support the graphics team with the media library, by grading images and maintaining the digital folio. My role also covers assisting with the social media strategy by creating content which represents every aspect of the studio and brand.
I assist Celia Birtwell on her printed textile collections and have recently worked on her collections for Valentino Pre Fall 2015 and Fall 2015. My responsibilities are assisting Celia in translating her painted work to digital form, working on pattern repeats and print placements and designing presentations in accordance with brand guidelines.
As design intern at digital design studio Tamassy I worked as part of the team to update client websites, optimise images for web use, and prepare assets for the company’s portfolio and new website.
I designed the cover art for digital release
I am responsible for creating the identity for the Hipsters Don’t Dance monthly parties. I have designed posters, flyers, web and social media banners for all of the past monthly and collaboration parties. I have also designed t-shirt graphics, badges and stickers to promote the brand.
As retail and design assistant at Hawick Cashmere’s London office, I was involved in the day to day running of the shop in addition to designing and developing printed accessories to compliment the 100% cashmere collections. During my time at Hawick I worked with print suppliers to design two collections of printed scarves, designed branded tissue and labels for use across the stores and was responsible for designing and artworking press adverts to promote the brand.
I designed t-shirt graphics for street-wear fashion brand Kenema’s AW13 and SS14 collections.
I designed a flyer to promote Audio Network’s DJ service they were providing at Cannes Lions Festival.
I designed a series of web banners and wallpapers for The Stanton Warriors official Facebook and Twitter pages.
I designed the cover art for Whole Sick and Tomb Crew’s I Go Sick EP which was released on Top Billin.
I worked my way from design intern to managing an international fabric showroom. I managed the day to day running of the showroom in addition to working on a number of varied design projects. During my time at Celia Birtwell I styled, photographed and retouched products for the e-commerce site, designed web banners and backgrounds for the website, designed promotional EDM using Mailchimp, assisted Celia in developing a collection of cashmere scarves and designed props and decals for window displays. order was completed to a high standard.
The Graduate Designer Awards are organised by The Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI), and are sponsored by Arnotts department store. I was awarded the award in the Fashion and Textiles category.
This award is issued by the staff of NCAD Dublin and given to the student deemed as having the most potential and who