Freelance Illustrator and Textiles Designer Ciara Phelan

Ciara Phelan is freelance Illustrator and Textile Designer based in East London, UK.


‘I graduated in 2008 from studying Graphic Design at Brighton University and worked as a junior at a small creative company called IWANT Design. In 2010 I left to set up my own freelance company to work on developing my visual language and image making skills. I have 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.’


‘I have a particular passion for collecting vintage ephemera and textile patterns, this love can been seen throughout my work.The foundation of my 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 my illustration practice I am also the founder of an ethical lifestyle 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. The first collection Birds of Paradise is a combination of bold flora and fauna with cheeky tropical birds.’






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