About

 I am Kremena Dimitrova,


... a London based Illustrator, Lecturer and Researcher with a clear academic and visual research trajectory, exhibition track record and broad knowledge of traditional and digital media. My interest, experience and expertise lie in narrative and situated illustration methods, visual historiography, reportage drawing, site-specific work, creative interventions, the use of creative processes and the application of artistic insights in diverse arts and non-arts contexts. I experiment with drawn, painted and printed backgrounds, textures, ephemera, and photographed material, which I often 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 work on commission usually making themed prints, personalised portraits and illustrated merchandise which are sold in various specialised art shops and museums across the UK. 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. I am represented by Allied Artists Illustration Agents

As well as working on commissions, I also pursue my own practice. My current research relates to the museum and heritage sectors. My interest and expertise in the field made me embark on an interdisciplinary practice-based PhD in Visualising History at the University of Portsmouth exploring the graphic novel as an innovative form of historiography.

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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Associate

Caroline Marcus Associates (2019-)

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Training

Bronze and Silver Arts Award Adviser (2015-)

Trinity College London

When I am not illustrating and designing...

I teach Art and Design in schools, universities, galleries, and museums. I deliver workshops, tutorials, practical demonstrations, and provide guidance on educational matters for children and adults with various abilities. I enable beginners to improve existing or dormant skills and help 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 enter 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, teaching:

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

Intensive Foundation in Art and Design (iFAD) (2013-2018)  

Summer School (2015-2016)

 

When I am not teaching at Middlesex University...

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

Freelance Creative Workshop Provider and Manager of Creative Wiz Kids' Arts and Crafts clubs

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CONFERENCES/

Dimitrova, K. (2019, July). Reimagining History: Graphic Novels and the Museum. Paper presented at the Visualising the Past Symposium. Portsmouth.


Dimitrova, K. (2017, March). Teaching Art and Design in an Inclusive Classroom: Adapting the Curriculum. Paper presented as part of Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Symposium. London.


Dimitrova, K. (2019, June). Conference Panel Chair of Assembling Storyworlds. Paper presented at the Joint International Conference of Graphic Novels, Comics and Bandes Dessinées, Manchester.



PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE LECTURES/

University of Portsmouth (9 Mar 2020) 

University of East London (13 Nov 2018)

ILLUSTRATION TALKS AND WORKSHOPS/


Manchester Jewish Community Sites -  Graphic novel, storytelling demonstrations (May 2020)

Comic Con International Festival of Comics - Storytelling, sequential drawing and character development public workshops (5 May 2019)

L'Ecole de Battersea - Year 4 Primary School Monoprinting workshops (29 Mar 2019)

The Art Trolley - Visual Storytelling workshop for adults - The 6 Word Novel (16 Mar 2019)

The Art Trolley - Visual storytelling workshop for children - Comics (23 Feb 2019)

Write & Shine - 'Word & Image' workshop at Waterstones - Tottenham Court Road (24 Jan 2019)

Benjamin Franklin House - Illustration/collage workshops (11 Jul; 22 Aug 2017)

The Bromfords School and Sixth Form College - Illustration workshops - The 6 Word Novel (1 Jul 2015)

The Jewish Museum - Illustration workshops for children under 10s inspired by the exhibition 'Tiger, Mog and Pink Rabbit: A Judith Kerr Retrospective' (1 Aug 2015)

Bishop's Stortford Museum - Illustration talk for school children (6 Oct 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:

Putney Arts Theatre, London / 'Festive Art Exhibition' (28 Oct 2019 - 3 Feb 2020)

The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge (Canterbury Museums and Galleries), Canterbury / 'The True Meaning of Christmas' (9 Nov 2019 - 12 Jan 2020)

Candid Arts, London / 'City Life Exhibition' (11 Oct - 20 Oct 2019)

University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth / 'Festival of Doctoral Research' (20 June 2019)

Putney Arts Theatre, London / 'Summer Art Exhibition' (17 June - 9 Sep 2019)

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)

Putney Arts Theatre, London / 'Winter Art Exhibition' (1 Nov - 28 Jan 2019)

Winterville, Clapham Common, London / 'Solo Craft Fair Christmas Event' (22 Dec 2018)

Candid Arts, London / 'Angel Christmas Fair' (7-9 Dec 2018)

Abney Hall, Stoke Newington, London / 'Local Makers Market: Winter Market' (24 Nov 2018)

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

Theatre Deli, London / Arts Collective Print Sale and Market (22 Aug 2018)

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 2018)

Candid Arts Trust, London / 'Mixed Media Exhibition' (6 - 15 Apr 2018)

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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