Artophilia  •  2512   •  6 October 2015

Kirsty Mitchell

kirstyKirsty began her higher education at the age of 16 studying fine art, photography and history of art. At 19 she specialised in “Costume for Performance” at The London College of Fashion, gaining a Higher National Diploma with Distinction. Kirsty went on to train at Ravensbourne College of Art for a further 3 years achieving a First Class Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in ‘Fashion Design and Textiles’. During this time she Interned at the studios of the British Avant Garde designers Alexander Mc Queen and Hussein Chalayan, she graduated in 2001 at the age of 25.

Kirsty spent the next decade as a senior designer for fashion label Karen Millen specializing in surface decoration and fabric manipulation, learning in depth the crafts of beading and embroidery whilst spending time in India and China. During this period at the age of 32, Kirsty rediscovered her passion for photography and began a new and deeply emotional connection with the medium throughout the treatment of her mother’s terminal cancer in 2008.

Seven months after her family’s tragic loss, Kirsty immersed herself deeper into photography to help deal with her grief, and in the summer of 2009 embarked on her now revered 5 year series entitled ‘Wonderland’ created in her mothers memory.

As the series grew, it developed a global fan base of over 285,000 followers online, resulting in the photographs achieving a viral status and mass international media coverage around the world. The acclaim for her work and escalating demands of the project led Kirsty to finally leave her fashion career behind at the end of 2011 to commit her future to the completion of the collection and producing the book.

After 5.5 years, Wonderland was completed in November 2014, immediately winning 2 International awards. The project has been recognised with features by the BBC News, Italian Vogue, Polish Harper’s Bazaar, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, Germany’s Spiegel Online, The Telegraph and renowned Stern magazine to name but a few. It has been exhibited in solo and group shows in London, South Korea, Milan, and Amsterdam, and selected twice for the prestigious Italian Vogue ‘PhotoVogue’ annual exhibit (25 photographers chosen from 55,000) in 2012 as 2013.

Kirsty now lives and works as a full time artist in the Surrey countryside near London, and is represented by galleries in London and the Netherlands. She also continues her role as Nikon UK Ambassador for Fine Art Photography, lecturing on the series at various photography events throughout the UK and Europe. The focus for 2015 will be to finally produce the Wonderland book and exhibit the collection in a major show of all 74 photographs.


Grand Prize Winner of the Visual Storytelling, Fictional Narrative Award – LensCulture 2014
London International Creative Competition 2014 – Award Winning Finalist – Professional Photography category
Nikon UK Ambassador for Fine Art
International Photography Awards 2014 – ‘Honorable Mention’ Fine Art Portraiture Category
International Photography Awards 2013 -‘Honorable Mention’ Fine Art Category
Winner of Best Conceptual Photographer 2012 – Framed Awards
London International Creative Competition 2012 – ‘Honourable Mention’ Photography – Professional category
Winner of Regent Street Queens Jubilee award June 2012
Finalist for Exposure photography award Jan 2012
Finalist for One Life Photography award Oct 2011
Finalist for One Life Photography award Jan 2011

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