I'm Kremena Dimitrova...
I am a London based Illustrator. I experiment with different media such as painted backgrounds, textures, ephemera, and photographed material, which I often combine into digital collages. My work is inspired by vintage art, folk tales, current affairs, and by my travelling adventures. I have worked on a range of privately commissioned and self-initiated projects, and I have a number of published works. My work features in print, online, book publishing, design, and advertising. My commissions range from children's sticker books 'Adventures in Cold Places, 'Adventures in Smelly Places' and 'Adventures Around the Globe' for Lonely Planet Kids to graphic novel spreads for Bishop's Stortford Museum created to commemorate 100 years since WW1, using the museum’s WW1 damaged police archives as material to illustrate. My current exciting role is 'Illustrator in Residence' at Benjamin Franklin House. I am creating illustrations about Benjamin Franklin's life and work in London, which are used as educational projections in the museum to enhance its younger audiences' historical experiences during reenactments.
My clients include: Lonely Planet Kids, UCL Institute of Education, Benjamin Franklin House, Bishop's Stortford Museum, 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).
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. Illustration is a rapidly evolving field, but despite its societal and cultural standing, it has rarely been the subject of academic research.
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.
I currently work as an Art and Design Lecturer at Middlesex University, where I teach:
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;
Previous teaching includes:
After School Art Club Teacher /
Eversley Primary School (2016)
Let Me Play (2015)
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)
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
My joint exhibitions
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 2015 (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)