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I have recently returned from Mexico after spending six months as a trainee designer for a furniture and interiors business. This internship, which followed soon after my graduation last year with a fine art and art history degree from the University of Leeds, gave me the opportunity to learn the most widely used design software, including Auto-CAD and Sketch up, and get involved in a series of design projects. My work placement clarified that I want to work in the design industry, using my fine art education and the skills I have learnt at work. I am fluent in Spanish and while in Mexico, I was able to support myself teaching English at private schools. I was also commissioned to paint artworks to supplement the interiors, which were sold to clients. My Mexico connection followed a year-long scholarship at the prestigious UDLAP university in Puebla that I secured while at the University of Leeds. I stayed in Mexico after the scholarship ended because I was accepted as an intern at the Frida Kahlo Museum.Locked Pro Plan feature
At the end of last year I began taking commissions for my art work of which I had advertised via my online blog. I was commissioned to do several artworks for both businesses and private homes. The artworks sold were a mixture of multimedia pieces, paintings and photography; all examining my situation as a British native living and working in Mexico.
I have spent 6 months as trainee designer at the furniture company Millán Furniture, working in the company’s factory and also designing displays at its two main high street stores ‘Millán Studios’. I worked alongside their chief designer as part of a design team and also with the head of advertising. The main task was to help create designs for their spring and summer collections and create artistic content for design exhibitions in both Mexico and the United States. My furntiure designs were taken up by the design team and are currently for sale as part of their 2017 summer collection.
At The Frida Kahlo Museum I worked as a research intern sorting photos taken of Frida Kahlo and her family for the museum’s future exhibitions and exhibitions taking place outside of Mexico. I also had photographed the museum’s collection of Kahlo’s dresses and suits; capturing finer details of the garments in order to aid further research and for potential clients who wanted to collaborate with the museum.
During my internship at the medical supplies company SUMED I aided in there rapid expansion of the company by translating documents and company contracts being dealt between Mexico and the United States, India and Germany from English to Spanish.
I worked in the photography department at a series of shoots, photographing sculptures created by the artist Rose Finn Kelcey for a book of her works commissioned by Tate Modern.
Whilst studying for my Fine Art A-level I successfully competed to be part of an exhibition in the education area of the Frieze Art Fair, displaying one of my sculptures along with other students. My photography was also selected to be exhibited at the SW1 gallery in Victoria. All the photographs that I exhibited were subsequently sold.
I was a member of a team of photographers in the Leeds Student Newspaper. I supported the newspaper by taking pictures to accompany features and articles on many different subjects.
I worked with the photojournalists and in the design, art and research departments. I was creative assistant on several photo shoots of images used to accompany articles in both the newspaper and the Observer Magazine.
In 2011 I worked in the design studio led by print designer Snowden Flood. I gave support as a personal assistant, updated her all social media sites, scheduled appointments and aided in the decision making regarding new designs.