About

I am Kremena Dimitrova...

I am a London based Illustrator and Designer. I experiment with drawn and painted backgrounds, textures, ephemera, and photographed material, which I combine into digital collages. My work is inspired by historical accounts, current affairs, vintage art, folk tales and superstitions, and by my travelling adventures. I make themed prints, personalised portraits and illustrated merchandise, which are made and printed in England. I have worked on a range of privately commissioned and self-initiated projects, and I have had a number of published works. My work features in print, online, book publishing, design, and advertising. You can also find my work on Allied Artists Illustration Agents website.

My current roles include, 'Illustrator in Residence' at Benjamin Franklin House, for which I am creating illustrations and a children's sticker book about Benjamin Franklin's life and work in London. My illustrations are used as educational projections in the museum to enhance its younger audiences' experiences during historical reenactments.

As well as working to commission, I also exhibit and pursue my own practice. My current research relates to the museum and heritage sector. I am investigating what kind of learning can emerge from and with illustration practice when interpreting archives and collections. My expertise and interest in the subject has made me embark on a practice-based PhD in Visualising History at the University of Portsmouth.

Clients: Lonely Planet Kids, The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge (Canterbury Museums and Galleries), Benjamin Franklin House, Bishop's Stortford Museum, UCL Institute of Education, Middlesex University, Your London Florist, 99 Mount Street Gallery (Mayfair), The Rude Mechanicals (Shakespeare in Shoreditch Festival), Ecomsense UK Limited, Literary Lifestories, Canvas Restaurant (Marylebone and Chelsea).

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Education

 

PhD Visualising History

University of Portsmouth

(Feb 2019-)

 

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

in Teaching and Supporting Learning

Middlesex University

(Sep 2016-Sep 2017)

 

MA Art and Design in Education

UCL Institute of Education

(Sep 2014-Sep 2016)

 

BA (Hons) Illustration

Middlesex University

(Oct 2010-May 2013)

 

Intensive Foundation in Art and Design (iFAD)

Middlesex University

(Jun-Aug 2010)

Awards

Arthur Silver Award Winner (2013)

Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture

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Fellowships

FHEA

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2018-)

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Training

Bronze and Silver Arts Award Adviser (2015-)

Trinity College London

When I am not illustrating and/or designing...

I teach Art and Design in schools, universities, galleries, and museums. These range from delivering workshops, tutorials, practical demonstrations, and providing guidance on educational matters for children and adults with various abilities, enabling beginners to improve existing or dormant skills, competent artists to develop individual projects, and produce all levels of exam coursework.

I have helped students prepare for interviews and strengthen their portfolios in order to study at prestigious schools/colleges, such as Wycombe Abbey and Cheltenham Ladies' College. I have also helped students enter into Higher Education to study on various Visual Arts and 3D Design BA and MA degrees.

 

Since 2013, I have been working as an Art and Design Lecturer at Middlesex University, where I teach:

Intensive Foundation in Art and Design (iFAD)

National Art and Design Saturday Club (NADSC) (I managed and coordinated the NADSC between Nov 2016-May 2017)

Summer School

 

When I am not teaching at Middlesex University...

I work as a Private Art and Design Tutor for Young Artist; After School Art Club Teacher at Cameron House School;

Freelance Creative Workshop Provider for Creative Wiz Kids;

 

Coming up!

Illustration / Visual Storytelling workshops /

- Guest Tutor Session 'Word & Image' with Write & Shine (24 Jan 2019; 9am-10:45am /

The Cafe at Waterstones - Tottenham Court Road) BOOK HERE

- Primary School Art Session at L'Ecole de Battersea (29 Mar 2019)

 

Previous:

 

Professional Practice Guest Lecture /

University of East London (13 Nov 2018)

 

Illustration Talks and Workshops /

Benjamin Franklin House (11 Jul; 22 Aug 2017)

The Bromfords School and Sixth Form College (2015)

The Jewish Museum (2015)

Bishop's Stortford Museum (2014)

 

Illustrator in Residence and Teaching Support /

Benjamin Franklin House (2015-)

Chelsea Academy (2013)

 

After School Art Club Teacher /

Eversley Primary School (2016)

Let Me Play (2015)

 

Life Drawing Classes /

Middlesex University (2012-)

99 Mount Street Gallery (2012)

 

If you would like me to run a workshop at your institution or if you need help with any Art and Design educational matter, please get in touch

Exhibitions, fairs and events:

Coming up!

Putney Arts Theatre, London / 'Winter Art Exhibition' (1 Nov - 21 Dec 2018)

The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge (Canterbury Museums and Galleries), Canterbury / 'Beyond War - Visualising Peace: Responding to the Armistice of 1918' (10 Nov 2018 - 10 Feb 2019)

Winterville, Clapham Common, London / 'Solo Craft Fair Christmas Event' (22 Dec; 12pm-5pm)

 

Previous:

Candid Arts, London / 'Angel Christmas Fair' (7 Dec 5pm-9pm; 8,9 Dec; 11am-6pm)

Abney Hall, Stoke Newington, London / 'Local Makers Market: Winter Market' (24 Nov; 11am-6pm)

Christchurch Hall, Wanstead, London / 'Local Makers Market: Winter Market' (3 Nov; 1 Dec 2018; 10am-4pm)

Theatre Deli, London / Arts Collective Print Sale and Market (22 Aug)

Victoria Park, London / 'Make More Festival' (25-27 Aug 2018)

Putney Arts Theatre, London / 'Summer Art Exhibition' (20 Jun - 27 Jul 2018)

CraftLocker, travelling exhibition / 'Button It' (8 Jun - 28 Jul)

Candid Arts Trust, London / 'Mixed Media Exhibition' (6 - 15 Apr)

New Horizons Centre, London / 'Chelsea Arts and Crafts Sale and Fundraiser' (30 Mar 2018)

Harris+Hoole Coffee Shop, London / 'Kremena Dimitrova's Summer Show' (7 Jul-13 Aug 2017)

UCL Institute of Education, London / 'MA Art and Design in Education Dissertation Exhibition' (12-18 May 2016)

But First, Coffee, London / 'Winter Show' (8 Nov 2015-17 Jan 2016)

Middlesex University, The Grove, London / 'On the Beat' (7-22 Oct 2015)

Bishop’s Stortford Museum, Bishop’s Stortford / ‘WW1 100th Anniversary’ (Aug 2014-Feb 2015)

Rowan Arts, Resource for London, London / ‘Mad About Art’ (Apr-Oct 2014)

The Arts Cafe, Marbles and Ware Collective / London (Mar-Apr 2014)

Middlesex University, The Grove, London / ‘MoDA Arthur Silver Award Winners’ Exhibition (Nov 2013)

BAR Gallery, Unit 5 Queens Parade, London / ‘The Stables-In-Exile’ (Sep 2013)

St Ia Church, St Ives Sacred Art Exhibition, St Ives / ‘Journeys’ (Sep 2013)

N21 Festival - The Green N21, London / ‘The Summer Exhibition’ (Aug 2013)

99 Mount Street Gallery, Mayfair, London (July 2013)

The Old Truman Brewery, London / 'Degree Show' (June 2013)

The Invisible Line Gallery, Brick Lane, London / ‘London Locations’ (Feb-March 2013)

Poetry Café, Covent Garden, London / ‘Sancti Clandestini - Undercover Saints’ (Oct-Nov 2012)

Bankside Gallery, London / ‘RE OPEN’ (Aug-Sep 2012)

Poetry Café, Covent Garden, London / ‘The Haunts of the Poets’ (Dec 2011-Jan 2012)

Kingsgate Gallery, London / ‘I-Spy Edgware Road’ (Nov 2010)

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