Fiona Silk

I’m a freelance project manager and graphics ninja, working for garden designers and small agencies on a freelance basis, crafting stunning visuals to show off their designs, creating clear plan and technical drawings, running projects, writing specifications and making excellent cups of tea. I also teach other people how to do the same, using SketchUp and Vectorworks, here at The London College of Garden Design, at Capel Manor College, as well as privately.

07870 663102

Biography

I graduated from the college in July 2011. As well as achieving a distinction, I was also awarded the External Examiners Prize by Cleve West for my final project. Whilst at college I did two weeks work experience with Andy Sturgeon, and went on to freelance for various established designers, primarily Jo Thompson and Templeman Harrison. I was also asked by the RHS and Andrew Fisher Tomlin to design a stand for them at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012, and was back there again in 2014 project managing the build of an 8 x 12m garden for Perennial, and again in 2016 helping my client Butter Wakefield do several projects for the RHS, planting the Bullring Entrance roundabout including a Fresh garden and dressing the Artisan Gardens area. These days my time is split between three or four core clients and teaching work.

In previous lives, I’ve got a BSc Hons. (2:1) in Computer Science, spent my days pan-frying foie gras and making sugar nests in a high-end restaurant, lived in a hammock in the rain forest for three months, and worked in advertising agencies for clients as diverse as the island of Jersey, RBS, T-Mobile and a global treasure hunt with a £100,000 prize. Before starting at LCGD, I lived in Japan for several years, teaching elementary school children and training in karate every day.

Because of my strong computer skills and client-facing project management background, I realised that I had a lot to offer as a freelance design, CAD and project management ninja, and my love of this was of working has lead me to fully embrace this lifestyle. I work with a range of designers and small companies, remotely or from their office. I bill by the hour, day or project, and am highly flexible.

I also now tutor at the college and have just started teaching for Capel Manor. I do a lot of private tuition, especially in Vectorworks, and take pride in being a patient, clear and methodical educator.