Nicola Marie Bendall
Since finishing University, the creating of art took a bit of a back seat as I went on a path of discovery to figure out what I wanted to pursue as a career. I continued to dabble in a bit of freelance graphics design and digital illustration but mostly offering my services unpaid or for charity in my spare time. As much as I loved to create, I knew it would be tough to gain a career in the subject so I worked on expanding my skills in other areas of work. This is the bread and butter info of my career journey that enables me to keep making art!
Online Marketing Executive
2015 - present
Working for an award winning online retailer of printer consumables. My role involves approving marketing copy for email campaigns, testing and approving marketing emails and designs and looking after the affiliate programmes.
Online Digital marketing
2010 - 2015
Working for an online retailer of gift experience days. My role involved writing content for the website, assisting with SEO, managing social media profiles, designing banners for the website, resizing product images and building email campaigns.
2010 - present
2010 - present
Graphics Administrator & Design Technician
2009 - 2010
Working for a multinational food packaging and processing company, dealing with seeing the approval of all designs through to printing press for various household brands.
2007 - 2009
My first job after University was as a Logistics Administrator here, before they promoted and trained me as a junior planner for the printing of artwork for paper cups and napkins. I also worked as a Reprographics Artworker before moving onto pastures new.
Multimedia Design - B.A. (Hons)
2003 - 2007
Computer based creative bachelor of arts degree, covering areas such as graphics design, interactive media, website design, video editing and animation.
BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies Art & Design
2002 - 2003
Covering most areas of art & design including ceramics, textiles, fine art, print and graphics design.
GNVQ Advanced Art & Design
1999 - 2001
The equivalent of 2 A levels in this broad subject which included modules in pottery and ceramics, textiles, fashion design, graphics design, fine art and resistant materials.