... 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, reportage drawing, public history and visual historiography, site-specific work, visual interventions, use of creative processes and application of artistic insights in diverse arts and non-arts contexts. My commissions and research focus on visual history-telling in the museum and heritage sectors. My interest and expertise in the fields made me embark on an interdisciplinary practice-based PhD in Visualising History at the University of Portsmouth (2019-) which explores the graphic novel as an innovative form of historiography and focusses on Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Franklin House as the case study. Themes of interest cover visualising history, public history, historical revisionism, alternative histories, historiographical reflection on narrative and democratisation in historical representation, myth, memory and memory telling.
I have worked on a range of privately commissioned and self-initiated projects, and I have had a number of published works. Major commissions range from National Lottery Heritage Funded projects and illustration residencies at Benjamin Franklin House, Bishop’s Stortford Museum and The University of Manchester to illustrating Lonely Planet Kids’ children’s activity books series and developing an artistic vision for a new community housing development site in the Borough of Eastleigh. My work features in print, online, book publishing, design, and advertising. My work can be found in the shops of various university libraries and museums across the UK, including The John Rylands Library, Benjamin Franklin House and The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge (Canterbury Museums and Galleries). My work is also part of The University of Manchester's collections at The John Rylands Library. I am represented by Allied Artists Illustration Agents
ARTIST / RESEARCHER RESIDENCIES
Eastleigh Borough Council, Eastleigh (Mar 2020 - Jun 2020) (Arts Council England Funded) - One Horton Heath site-specific community heritage commission - develop an artistic vision in a graphic narrative format inspired by the (hi)stories of a new community housing development site (homes, local facilities, infrastructure) in the Borough of Eastleigh, South Hampshire on the theme The Journey (create work in adaptable formats for digital and hard copy usage - print, flyers, posters, large banners, site hoardings, signage).
The University of Manchester’s Centre for Jewish Studies and The John Rylands Library, Manchester (Jan 2020-) - 50 Jewish Objects Project - visually investigate and interpret, employing a graphic narrative format, a 13C compendium of Jewish law - a manuscript of Isaac ben Joseph of Corbeil’s Sefer Mitzvot Qatan (Semaq).
Benjamin Franklin House, London (Jun 2015-) - produced a children’s activity book Benjamin Franklin: At Home in London and contemporary illuminations used as educational projections in the museum to enrich young audiences’ experiences during historical re-enactments (National Lottery Heritage Funded).
The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge (Canterbury Museums and Galleries), Canterbury (Apr 2018 - Feb 2019) - a site-specific community heritage graphic narrative exhibition installation commission: Beyond War - Visualising Peace: Responding to the Armistice of 1918 commemorating 100 years since the end of WW1 focussing on the often (unsung) contributions of ordinary women during the war and the peace beyond (Canterbury Council and Canterbury Museums and Galleries, CCC Funded).
ILLUSTRATION / DESIGN COMMISSIONS
Oxford City Council, Oxford, (Jan 2020) - A Cup of Inspiration site-specific illustration responding to the climate emergency - printed on giant coffee cup recycling bins installed in Oxford.
Amuse Yourself, London (Sep 2018 - May 2019) - created illustrations, design panels, handwritten logo, for website use encapsulating the company’s creative offerings, from museum and gallery tours to bespoke talks and life drawing classes.
UCL Institute of Education, London (Sep 2017-) Department of Culture, Communication and Media - info map/trail design for MA Museums and Galleries in Education showcasing the main university areas and facilities as part of the induction package for new students used by the marketing department of UCL Institute of Education across the wider university community.
UCL Institute of Education, London (Jun 2016) Thomas Coram Research Unit - comic strips e-book design Child Language Brokering: Spaces of identity belonging and mediators of cultural knowledge.
Literary Lifestories, London (Jul 2016 - Aug 2016) - book cover design for a novelette.
The Rude Mechanicals, Shakespeare in Shoreditch Festival, London (Feb 2016 - Mar 2016) - poster, logo, map/trail designs capturing The Rude Mechanicals’ performances across the London Borough of Hackney to commemorate 400 years since Shakespeare.
Bishop’s Stortford Museum, Bishop’s Stortford (Nov 2013 - Aug 2014) (National Lottery Heritage Funded) - illustrated damaged Hertfordshire’s WW1 police archives in a graphic narrative format published in an anthology On the Beat: Stories from 1914-1918 commemorating 100 years since the beginning of WW1. Project reviewed and approved by the Houses of Parliament; press coverage by the BBC and the Times.
PUBLICATIONS / CHILDREN'S BOOKS
The Painting (Auris Tech Limited Fonetti educational app) (2020)
Benjamin Franklin: At Home in London (2019) (National Lottery Heritage Funded)
Adventures in Smelly Places (Lonely Planet Kids) (2015)
Adventures in Cold Places (Lonely Planet Kids) (2014)
PUBLICATIONS / BOOK ANTHOLOGIES CONTAINING MY ILLUSTRATIONS
Adventures Around the Globe (Lonely Planet Kids) (2015)
On the Beat: During the Great War 1914 -1918 (Bishop’s Stortford Museum, part of the Rhodes Birthplace trust and Middlesex University) (2014) (National Lottery Heritage Funded)
Sancti Clandestini: Undercover Saints (World Wood Publishing) (2012)
Impressions of Cat Hill (Middlesex University and Pearls of Wisdom Press) (2011)
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Visual Sources for Historians - Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study University of London (Feb - Mar 2020)
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)
Middlesex University, London
- Sorrell Foundation’s National Art and Design Saturday (NADSC) (Nov 2013-)
- Intensive Foundation in Art and Design (Jun 2013 - Sep 2018)
- Summer School (Jun 2015 - Aug 2016)
ILLUSTRATION TALKS AND WORKSHOPS
University of Portsmouth - (Hi)storytelling through Comics workshop (9 Mar 2020)
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 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)
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)
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)
UCL Institute of Education, London / 'MA Art and Design in Education Dissertation Exhibition' (12-18 May 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)
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)
The Poetry Café, Covent Garden, London / ‘Sancti Clandestini - Undercover Saints’ (Oct-Nov 2012) Bankside Gallery, London / ‘RE OPEN’ (Aug-Sep 2012)
The Poetry Café, Covent Garden, London / ‘The Haunts of the Poets’ (Dec 2011-Jan 2012)
Kingsgate Gallery, London / ‘I-Spy Edgware Road’ (Nov 2010)