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I have recently been completing an MA in Art, Design & The Book in which I gained skills to help me realise designs into a completed projects. I also hope to shortly achieve an AAT qualification in business and accounting to compliment my skills. I am seeking work or an internship in publishing or the creative industry and I am willing to travel. I have a strong interest in the creative arts as I have family members involved with both the publishing industry and the Arts Council.

Work experience

Jan 2011Present

Freelance designer

Curlew Books

Digital typesetting and production of books for indie publisher using Indesign software

Sep 2010Mar 2012


Corner House Bed n Breakfast Colchester

Part time assistant in the day-to-day running of a local business while studying for my MA. Duties include daily cleaning, day-to-day running of a busy hotel, acting as a keyholder and taking bookings via phone.

Sep 2008May 2010

Assistant Manager

YMCA, Witham

Assisting in the running of a busy charity shop selling furniture and bric-a-brac. Left to study.

Jun 2003Jul 2004

Work Experience

Newsquest Essex

Design work in busy office using Adobe design packages on Mac

May 2002Sep 2003

Shop Assistant

A & E. Weavers, Coggeshall

General retail assistant, left to pursue university degree


Sep 2010Jul 2012

MA Art, Design & The Book

Colchester Institute @ The Minories

Having decided to pursue a creative career I was accepted for a masters on the strength of my portfolio and previous education. This course covered design and production as well as history and contemporary theories of art. Studied with David Jury and Dr Jeremy Spencer (Histories). Also took bookbinding with Mike Sullivan, one of the UK's leading professionals. 

Sep 2007Jul 2009

BA Open Degree

Open University

I completed an undergraduate degree by correspondence course after leaving Kent University. I had to learn to structure my own time around part time work to complete assignments on time and cope with distance learning.

Sep 2004Aug 2007

American Studies

Kent University

Completed two years of American Studies (History). I also took modules in Illuminated Manuscripts of the Middle Ages and Philosophy of Art. I left to complete my studies with the Open University as I decided I could not afford the year in America and that this was a better course for me. I have never regretted that decision!


Creative Skills
For my MA I produced a professional quality artist's book in a small edition, where I aimed to manage my time and budget as a commercial publishing project. I also typeset and managed the production of a fiction book for an independent publisher and self-published my own book and a magazine.
Management Experience
Performed a trusted keyholder role for Oxfam and YMCA charities before leaving to pursue qualifications. Here I gained experience of working in a team, learning when to delegate work and how to manage my time to better deal with my own workload.
IT skills
Extensive experience of Adobe Indesign and Photoshop packages. Work Experience at Newsquest and Issues Magazine (local magazine in Canterbury) Freelance typesetter and designer for a small publishing co-op (Colchester)