About

 

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When I was 15, my family had settled in Gibraltar after a 2 year tour of European canals in a 60ft handmade catamaran. I had been back in mainstream school for 2  years, after the experience of being home schooled while traveling, the novelty of conventional education had quickly worn off. When it came time to choose what I wanted to study at A-level, the restrictions were the straw that broke the camels back. After having my passion for drawing well and truly squashed during the GCSE process, I decided I wanted to do Drums and Drama. But I was told that if I took music, I couldn’t specialise in drums, because although it was an option “Nobody has chosen to do that before and I should just take Piano” and “We don’t have a teacher qualified to teach Drama at A-Level”. So I threw my head up and moved to Iceland to live with my Grandmother and go to Kvennaskólinn í Reykjavík where I spent a wonderful 6 months dancing around doing musical theatre and attempting to catch up with the much more advanced levels of Mathematics… I aced English class though.

Unfortunately my new life in Iceland was cut short by the sudden death of my father in Spain, I rushed back to Gibraltar to my mother’s side and became a bit of a homebird, the thought of going off to University was unthinkable! This was where my career began, at the age of 16 I got a job in Image Graphics where I had been a photocopy girl in my summer holidays. I started working in the Design department under the mentorship of Angela, the best boss I’ve ever had, and the best mother too! We enjoyed working as a team, she would sketch the design and I would convert it into graphics. After a year or two of this, we decided to start our own business with my brother, Peter, who had returned from a post university sailing trip across the Atlantic. Between the 3 of us we set up EuropeAxess.

After a couple of years I got swept away to Ireland (full blame for that goes to the Blarney Stone), where I ended up working in the Pre-Press departments of first Bradbury Graphics, the digital printers, and then Print Library, lithographic printers. I learned an awful lot about both printing processes and the time spent de-bugging artwork coming from design houses and designing for print still serves me well to this day.

With experience in both design for print and internet, I took the big step in 2008 to go freelance. The dawn of broadband meant that I was able to once again work with EuropeAxess, remotely from Northern Ireland. This kept me so busy that until the beginning of 2014, I worked nearly exclusively on projects coming to me from Gibraltar.

As EuropeAxess started to wind down with Angela semi retiring, with a little more time on my hands, I started taking on local clients. This brought a whole new level of front end client liaison, working on graphics, web design, animation and design for print. My enthusiasm and transparent approach to pricing meant that I was kept very busy!

Lately I’ve been focusing on a big project, which is yet to be launched, that has been more code based than graphics. PHP, SQL, some JavaScript and a whole heap of CSS and UX have become daily norms at the same time as proof reading and increasing layout support on the Upon This Rock monthly magazine, Angela’s baby since semi retiring EuropeAxess.

Now you know a bit about me and my 23 years of experience, I look forward to hearing all about you and your project.

Kat