Originally intending to pursue a career in Fine Art, Kremena Dimitrova discovered a talent for illustration when undertaking an Intensive Foundation in Art and Design (iFAD) at Middlesex in the summer of 2010.
"I completely changed direction during the course," she recalls. "I started exploring different probabilities; towards the end I chose to do an illustration brief, illustrating a poem, and I loved it!"
She went on to complete a BA in Illustration at Middlesex and, since graduating in 2013, has been garnering attention for her distinctive linocut prints with their fairytale qualities and Eastern European-inspired aesthetic.
Along with seven other Middlesex graduates and students, she was invited to create work for a special World War I centenary exhibition at the Bishop's Stortford Museum in Hertfordshire, with a graphic novel of the collected art works to be available internationally.
She has also illustrated for iconic travel publisher Lonely Planet, using her strong visual style to create a fun, educational activity and sticker book for children.
As well as making art, Kremena is passionate about teaching it. Beginning as a teaching assistant at Middlesex's Art and Design Saturday Club, introducing art and design to 14-16 year olds, she is now a lecturer on the iFAD course where her love for illustration started.
She also conducts creative workshops and art clubs for children under the age of ten, and will continue to combine her two interests when she begins an MA in Art and Design in Education later in the year. Inspired by the lecturers she was taught by during her time studying Illustration in Middlesex, Kremena is keen to pass on her skills and knowledge to aspiring young artists.
"I was always impressed and fascinated by my teachers because they are all professionals and have their own freelance work as well as being lecturers," she says. "Art and design is a great discipline to study; it's challenging because you have to be organised, but it keeps you on top of things. It's never boring, really!"