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Alexandra Thackray

Curriculum Vitae


My background is in graphic design, communication and marketing. I am interested in wholesome businesses with dynamic vision for their future. My goal is to work for a growing business and achieve their vision. 

Work experience

April 2018 October 2018

Trainee Florist

Blooms Flowers

Confer with clients regarding price and type of arrangement desired and the date, time, and place of delivery.

Plan arrangement according to client's requirements, utilising knowledge of design and properties of materials, or select appropriate standard design pattern.

Arrange, tie and wrap store posies

Water plants, and cut, condition, and clean flowers and foliage for storage.

Select flora and foliage for arrangements, working with numerous combinations to develop new creations and follow store arrangements.

Trim material and arrange bouquets, wreaths, terrariums, and other items using trimmers, shapers, wire, pins, floral tape, foam, and other materials.

Inform customers about the care, maintenance, and handling of various flowers and foliage, indoor plants, and other items.

Unpack  and process stock as it comes into the shop.

Merchandise and change in-store displays, designs, and looks to enhance a shop's image.

Greeting customers who enter the shop.

Be involved in stock control and management.

Assisting shoppers to find the goods and products they are looking for.

Being responsible for processing cash and card payments.

Stocking shelves with merchandise.

Answering queries from customers.

Reporting discrepancies and problems to the supervisor.

Giving advice and guidance on product selection to customers.

Balancing cash registers with receipts.

Dealing with customer refunds.

Keeping the store tidy and clean, this includes hovering and mopping.

Attaching price tags to merchandise on the shop floor.

Responsible for security within the store and being on the look out for shoplifters and fraudulent credit cards etc.

Receiving and storing the delivery of large amounts of stock

Keeping up to date with special promotions and putting up displays.

Oct 2008Present

Freelance Graphic Designer

During this period work was undertaken on a part time basis for various graphic design organisations and private clients. The work included website design, design of publication materials and branding. Clients included:

• PEG consultancy

• Hackney Kindergarten 

• Bevin Design

• Various personal clients

• Website design - Simone Kennedy, Artist

Mar 2007Sep 2008

National Publications Coordinator

Piper Alderman

The position at Piper Alderman was a full time position reporting to the national marketing manager. The major task during this period of employment was a complete re-branding of the organisation including revision of the firm logo, printed materials, website, partners profiles and other corporate marketing materials. Other tasks also included attending to printing of promotional materials, maintenance of website, dealing with external website support, event branding, and various other tasks.


• Preparation of all in-house graphic design work for the legal firm on a National level

• Preparation of publications; print and e-newsletters

• Publication identity re-branding for the entire organisation

• Preparation of Marketing brochures and organising printing and distribution

• Event / project branding

• Production / printing coordination internally and externally

• Christmas card design for National database

• Attendance to Tender & Capability Statement documents on behalf of partners

• Professional staff profiles & Maintaining Professional staff photo library

• Maintaining Tender / Capability Statement registers

• Maintain Marketing database and attendance to large marketing mail-outs

• General marketing support / Administration

Jul 2005Mar 2007

Publications Assistant

Concept Japan

The position at Concept Japan was a full time position. This position involved dealing directly with the business owners and attending to production of printed materials and catalogues, assistance with website maintenance and design, and preparation of other marketing materials.


• Attendance to print advertisement design; SA Life, Gifts & Home-wares Australia

• Meeting printing deadlines

• Web site design & maintenance

• Wholesale catalogue design

• Logo design and development

• Design and produce merchandise material to accompany Japanese product

• Product selection / buying - domestic and international

• Market research as requested by business owners

• Photo shoot preparation and styling

• Trade fair preparation, planning, merchandising and client liaising

• Inventory and dispatching

Jul 2004Jul 2006

Publications and Retail Assistant

Ikeguchi Creative Life-Retail division

The position at Ikeguchi was a full time position. This position involved dealing directly with the business owners and assisting with design of store products, purchasing of products, attending trade fairs, and design of printed promotional materials.


• Print advertisement design; SA Life, Raw magazine and Attitude Mag.

• Design and produce store merchandise material

• Product merchandising

• Product selection / buying - domestic and international

• Window dressing

• Market research

• Store promotion coordination

• Store management and supervision

• Staff training

• Opening and closing the retail premises

Jul 2004Jan 2005

Marketing Manager Assistant

Razak-Miss Glady's Sim Choon


• Independent responsibility for Look Books or range books for Razak & Milk collections;

• Range book template design

• Fashion Illustration including technical specifics; under strict deadlines changes to garments were to be updated and accurately

• Illustrated in the range book before the launch

• Fashion styling for fashion parades, promotional opportunities, advertising and photo shoots

• Responsible for cataloguing and documenting all Razak and Miss Glady’s Sim Choon advertising,

• Editorial and press material design and checking

• Meeting deadlines as required for printing

Sep 2002Mar 2004

English Language Teacher

Merry House School Japan


• Lesson planning and execution; teaching students from 1 year old to mature age

• Resource development aimed to students of varied ages

• Designing and constructing classroom materials and teaching aids

• Training and supervision of new foreign teachers

• Testing and accessing students ability

• Classroom management and discipline

• Contributed and developed new school curriculum

• Consult with management staff, parents and students


19 October 201819 October 2018

Spring Vase Design

Matthew Landers Academy

I will be learning to arrange stems directly into a vase.

This practise is to assist me in perfecting my technique.

21 April 201821 April 2018

A Day in the Dahlias workshop

Poppies Flowers

Using seasonal flowers this hands on workshop focussed on the forms and composition synonymous with Poppies Flowers and the opulent style of the 16th and 17th century still life artworks of the revered Dutch Masters.

May 2016June 2016

DIY Boho Wedding Flowers 

Tafe SA

Flower Accessories such as button holes & flower crowns; small and large bouquets. 

Jan 2005Mar 2005

Certificate of Competency Intensive Japanese

The University of Adelaide
Jun 2004Aug 2004

Completed Adobe InDesign Module

Douglas Mawson Institute of Technology
Mar 1997Nov 2001

BACHELOR of VISUAL COMMUNICATION majoring in Graphic Design

University of South Australia

Qualifications summary

Excellent communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills

A hands-on communications specialist, always willing to step in to get the job done

Proven ability to compile information from multiple sources

Strong understanding of communications industry and what is required to engage the relevant audience

Ability to identify communications opportunities and write clear copy

Ability to keep abreast of market trends

Key Competencies

Ability to work independently and with others

Ability to learn new skills

friendly and engaging personality.

Comfortable working with members of the public.

Confident manner.

Always helpful and polite.

Creative and innovative

Proficient use of graphic design programs including Adobe creative suite

Excellent communication skills

Several years of retail experience with high levels of customer service

High levels of computer literacy and can work on both PC and Mac operating systems

Microsoft word and Powerpoint

Comprehend marketing strategies and offer design solutions and unique creative concepts   supporting marketing goals and objectives.

Photo retouching, restoration and manipulation

Ability to prioritise and manage multiple demands and develop projects within tight time-frames

Strong organisational and interpersonal skills

Many years experience with production of printed materials and promotional materials

High quality work and attention to detail

Ability to use and continue to learn new social media platforms and applications such as Facebook and Instagram

Proven experience on corporate re-branding, production of very high quality of printed documents and maintenance of corporate image


Upon request