About

Ciara Phelan is an Illustrator and Textile Designer based in East London, UK. After graduating in 2008 from studying Graphic Design at Brighton University she worked as a junior at a small creative company called IWANT Design. In 2010 she left to set up her own freelance company to work on developing her own visual language and image making skills. She has since gone on to build up an exciting portfolio whilst collaborating with an extensive range of clients including Sony, New York Times, V&A, Cravendale, Tony & Guy, Mc Donalds and more.

Ciara has a particular passion for collecting vintage emphemera and textile patterns, this love can been seen throughout her work.The foundation of her practice is mixing analog and digital media both on screen and with a scalpel  to create playful, colourful and dynamically composed  illustrations. She is currently working on an ethical lifestyle company that will launch in the summer of 2014.

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SELECTED CLIENTS

Action Aid
Barclay’s Bank
Bloomsburg Businessweek
Boden
Burger King
Calagary Stampede
Canon
Gap
Glamour Magazine
Icon Magazine
Lonely Planet
Mc Donalds
Microsoft
Myspace
New Scientist
New Statesmen
New York Times
NSPCC
Nylon Magazine
Orange
Readers Digest
Republic
Royal Mail
Superdrug

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PRESS

Digital Arts Portfolio, 2014
Wrap Magazine, 2013
Computer Arts Illustration, 2013
Computer Arts Feature, 2012
Papercraft 2 by DGV, 2011
Live Now by Eric Smith, 2011
3D Typography by Mark Batty Publisher, 2010
By Invitation Only by Victionary, 2010
Marie Claire, 2010
Digital Arts Showcase, 2009
Papercraft by DGV, 2009
iDN Handy Issue, 2009
Tangible by DGV, 2009
YCN Book, 2009
Stereographics by Victionary, 2008
Computer Arts, Exposure, 2008
Talent, Digital Arts, 2008

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EXHIBITIONS

Pick Me Up, Somerset House 2014
Mind the Gap, Korea 2013
Pick Me Up, Somerset House 2012
All That Remains, Brooklyn 2011
Space Exhibition, Cardiff 2011
Trekx by Anywalk in London & Beijing, 2011
Papercut Graphic Design Festival Breda, 2011
Picture House, Strongrooms, 2010
Window Wonderland, Apostrophe, 2010
Story Motel, Owl & Lion Gallery, 2009
Into the Woods, Free Range, 2008
D&AD New Blood, 2008
Uni of Brighton Degree Show, 2008

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Lectures & Workshops

Adobe Photoshop Live, Brighton, Upcoming
Cass School of Design, Upcoming
Mystical Kebab, V&A Late, 2013
Hollywood, V&A Late, 2013
A Beautiful Summer, Glug, 2012
Many Hands X D&AD Workshop, 2012
Massive Favour, Cardiff School of Art and Design, 2011
From You to Now, Brighton University, 2011