Amy Mingkwan is a Print Textiles and Surface Pattern Designer, currently based in the lovely landscape of Cambridgeshire. Recently graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with First Class Honours in BA (Hons) Textiles, Amy is eager to set foot in to the Textiles industry, creating lively and quirky print design for cards, furnishing fabrics, crockery as well as fashion prints.
Mac Designer/Studio Assistant
Watermark Publishing, Corby, Northants
I completed a two-week work placement within the company’s Birch studio, where I created greeting cards for various occasions which included: Son's Birthday, Baby's 1st Easter, Father's Day and a female Birthday range. Many of the cards I designed are to be published in the company’s Orange Book range for 2012.
During the placement, I gained confidence in working independently and under pressure to meet strict deadlines. I also gained invaluable experience into how to produce a successful greeting card design, which enabled me to enhance the design of my own cards collection.
Hallmark Cards, Bradford
Working within the company's illustration team, I produced illustrations for greeting card designs and developed a collection of greeting cards within the Mother’s Day range. From the placement, I gained confidence in working within a studio alongside other illustrators, where I received constructive feedback of my progress, which allowed me to develop my designs further.
Turner Bianca PLC, Oldham, Greater Manchester Working in a large studio alongside other talented designers, I gained invaluable experience, which has enhanced my understanding of how a design studio is operated, and the processes involved in producing a design from start to finish. I had an opportunity to create bedding and cushion designs, which will be featured in Bhs and Next in Spring/Summer 2012 for their Home collections.
I assisted in the production of Sukie’s stationery range as well as managing stock and orders in the workshop. This was a great opportunity for me to gain an insight into how a small studio is managed and experience working in a studio-based environment.
Peter and Paul, Sheffield
During my 4 weeks work placement within their studio, I assisted the team with the 'Urban Splash' project where I helped generating ideas for the ‘No Place Like Gnomes’ poster designs.