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 Benefit, Cravendale, Mc Donalds, New York Times, Nylon, Oprah Magazine, Sony, Tony & Guy, Toyota, Vanity Fair, V&A and more.

Ciara has a particular passion for collecting vintage ephemera 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. 

In addition to her illustration practice Ciara is also the founder of the ethical lifetsyle brand Kith & Kin. With a focus on sustainability and community Kith & Kin aims to produce multifunctional lifestyle products that encourage a new consumerism philosophy advocating quality over quantity. Please visit the website here to view the latest products and collection.

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Action Aid
Barclay’s Bank
Benefit Cosmetics
Big Issue
Bloomsburg Businessweek
Burger King
Calagary Stampede
Computer Arts 
Design Week
Digital Arts
Fortnum & Mason
Glamour Magazine
Icon Magazine
Lonely Planet
Mc Donalds
Men's Health Magazine
New Scientist
New Statesmen
New York Times
Nylon Magazine
Oprah Magazine
Readers Digest
Royal Mail
Toni & Guy
Vanity Fair

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Marie Claire, Greece 2015
Computer Arts Interview, 2015
Papercut, 2014
Computer Arts Feature, 2014
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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CHI & Partners, 2015
Paper Cut, The Proud Archivist 2014
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

Pick Me Up, Somerset House, 2015
Paper Cut, The Proud Archivist, 2014
Cass School of Design, 2014
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