ABOUT

KATHLEEN DURKAN

Freelance Visual Artist

Experience

2020 - Present

Freelance Visual Artist

Beginning her art career in 2020, the Leicester-based artist’s work derives from her love for pop culture and timeless icons, often creating bold and striking pieces. With a background in 3D Design, she is now expanding a printed range of merchandise from the KDCreate brand.

2014 - 2019

Digital Producer

A demonstrated history of working in the luxury apparel and high street retail industry focusing on performance marketing, affiliates, paid media, influencers & celebrities, social media, brands and product marketing. The Designer herself has worked on worldwide websites, magazines, mailers, newsletters, flyers, reality tv shows and networked with high profile/ celebrity clients to gain exposure.

2010 - 2013

Design Internships

Internships include famous stage performances, exhibition displays, museum and art galleries, community projects, shop windows and spectaculars within retail stores. 

About Me

Most likely influenced by her father, who dropped out of art school to work as a carpenter, Kathleen developed her skills alongside her father in drawing and craft from an early age.  

During her studies, she gained inspiration from the quirky designs of Alessi. The artist has a strong drive in the creative scene and has previously expressed her passion to curate successful 3D Design exhibitions and events at university.

 

Education

2009

Loughborough University School of Art & Design

B.A. 3D Design Degree
2006

Loughborough University School of Art & Design

Art & Design Foundation Course
2004

St. Pauls RC School

Art, Design, Sociology

Skills

Photoshop 89%
WordPress 61%
Illustrator 71%
InDesign 50%
Html & CSS 85%

Contact

Exhibitions

Participating in national student competitions as directed by industrial manufacturers and trade associations. Gaining an understanding in the making of objects at various levels of production to establish her own personal and professional ambitions for creating objects within contemporary society and 2010 set up her website, showcasing her range of handcrafted designs which exhibited at New Designers London.

 London art galleries:

Crafts Council

The National Portrait Gallery

The V&A 

The Tate 

 

Amsterdam

Moooi

The Frozen Fountain

Wonder Wood Amsterdam

Droog Flagship Store

Museums and sites

 

Trade Shows

 

Industry experience with CIMC Home supplier homeware includes meeting buyers and designers for Wayfair, Dunelm, Next, John Lewis, Made.com and more. 

 

National trade shows:

Grand Designs, London 

Top Drawer, London

The Housewares Show, London

Ideal Homeshow, London

British Craft Trade Fair, Harrogate

Ambiente & Tendency Show, Frankfurt, Germany 

 Salon Maison et Objet Paris, Paris, France 

 Irish Furniture & Homewares Show, Ireland

January Furniture Show, NEC Birmingham 

Spring & Autumn Fair, Manchester Central

 Manchester Furniture Show, Convention Complex

The Autumn Furniture Show, Stoneleigh Park 

Workshops

Focusing on the objects that surround us, from the cherished personal to the everyday functional with a keen interest in sustainability, Kathleen discovered the potential for designing and producing objects with the use of sketches and model making that blend the best traditions of craft.

Latest technologies:

Hand machine & tools

Digital manufacturing 

CNC routing

Rapid prototyping 

Laser cutting 

Computer Aided Design 

Materials 

Ceramics

Glass

Metal

Wood

Reclaimed

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