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Fida is running a series of monthly talks with Industry artists and creatives. 

The Talks will be discussing the work of a selection of fashion creatives and artists, with numerous experience working both in-house and freelance with brands. The talks will offer the opportunity for Q&A at the end and the talk should last no more than 45 minutes. 

Fida aims to help support and celebrate the fashion illustrators of today, through the money raised from the talks will offer opportunities to illustrators unable to afford a place on the Fida website or books. 

Free to all Fida Members


Host: Patrick Morgan RCA
Kelly Bailey
Luke Bullen
Sophies Kiosk RCA
Caroline Riches RCA

Thu, November 18, 07:00pm - 08:00pm UK GMT

'Industrialism" in fashion Illustration

Kelly Bailey

Kelly Bailey is a UK based designer and illustrator and has worked in the fashion industry for 20 years. Trained as a textile designer, Bailey spent a number of years in New York designing prints for a variety of brands including Anne Klein, Lulu Guinness, Cynthia Rowley, Vera, Vince Camuto and Macy's. She acted as a freelance contributor for the global trend agency WGSN.

Bailey brings her expertise as a fashion print designer and specialist skills of drawing and painting to the fore, exploring ink effects, layered transparent colour, shadow and composition together with the knowledge and flexibility to respond to a brand's aesthetic. Bailey's work often blends fashion illustration with pattern and contemporary art influences to visualise and create dynamic pieces of work, with achievements including FIDA Awards Finalist, magazine contribution and original artwork being exhibited as part of the Ultramarine Live Exhibition in Miami (2021).

Luke Bullen 

After a Baccalaureate in Fine Art in Switzerland, Swiss/British illustrator and designer Luke Bullen moved to London to complete a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Central Saint Martins after which he decided to immerse himself in the art of fashion design at London College of Fashion. Luke has a penchant for the slightly theatrical and dramatic and uses fashion as an extension to live out and create his own mystical world which he creates using a variety of traditional skill based crafts such as hand painted prints, embroidery and knit.

Sophies Kiosk RCA

Sophie is currently Artist in Residence at Bainbridge Print Studios in South London; where I am working on a collection of printed fashion illustrations. I draw, paint and print Fashion Faces and Collections. I will have an exhibition in 2022 to complete my time at the Bainbridge workshop. I’m interested in the narratives we all make through the fashion we choose to wear everyday. My exhibition will combine prints and drawings, and focus around sportswear past and present. I like to create alone, but I am a social person and prefer to brainstorm ideas with other people. The only part of commercial studio life that I miss (I designed bags and accessories for the UK High street for 12 years)  is the creative dialogue with others. Pushing ideas around is fun, and the eyes of other people are always helpful. I understand and know all aspects of the product development process, but my creative heart is driven by drawing and printmaking. I have taken my career back to the most intuitive part of my creative practice. I use my love of fashion & fashionable people as my inspiration. I am building my portfolio week by week.

   Silkscreen Printing is my specialism and the silkscreen printing workshop feels like my second home. Mark-making is exciting!  I’m passionate about drawing…whether that’s representationally or simply abstract marks. I taught briefly at London College of Fashion about the importance of Technical Drawing and making 3D ‘thumbnail sketches’ for product range-plans. I am currently using Instagram as my digital sketchbook, and posting all my new work there. I have found it to be a wonderfully immediate tool for recording my work and progress; and a great space to ‘meet’ other like-minded creatives. Please have a look @sophieskiosk.

Caroline Riches RCA 

Caroline is a part time lecturer on the BA (Hons) Fashion Design course. She also supervises students on MA Creative Practice.

She completed her Masters at the Royal College of Art and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Prior to teaching Caroline’s fashion experience is within womenswear as a designer.

Alongside garment design her specialism is hand drawn fashion illustration. The majority of her commissioned illustration has been for the trend forecasting industry.

Her design work has featured in Drapers and she has exhibited in a number of exhibitions in London, including ‘The Show’, ‘Work in Progress and ‘Graduate Fashion Week’.

Since 2003 Caroline has taught across many aspects of the fashion programme at Leeds Arts University both in a full and part time capacity; presently focused on creative visual research, conceptual design development and final year portfolio modules.

In 2016 she curated an internationally peer reviewed exhibition at the University titled ‘The Radical Decade.’ This exhibition presented the work of the influential fashion designer Gerald McCann, the dynamic social, cultural and political changes in the 1960s and their impact on fashion.

Works on display acknowledged McCann’s impact on the British Fashion Industry and his design influence in New York.

In response to this exhibition Caroline presented her research to date at the first fashion symposium held at the University.

This was also followed with a paper, Gerald McCann: The Rediscovery of a Fashion Designer, published in Costume :The Journal of the Costume Society, volume 52, number 1, March 2018; exploring further the impact of her research and how students engaged with the use of archives through her teaching.

To date Caroline’s ongoing research interests in fashion curation continue through the planning of an exhibition and academic paper focusing on the preservation and relevance of hand drawing within fashion design.

Her own fashion practice explores interdisciplinary methodology, including a fine art approach to fashion illustration.


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