About Us

Our Founder & Tutor

Zarina Holmes
Founder, Warna Workshops
BA Art & Design (Graphic Design), MA Design

Warna is founded by Zarina Holmes, a designer, photographer and entrepreneur based in London.

Zarina has been running photography and creative workshops in London and abroad since 2011 for organisations such as The British Council, Apricity London, City Academy UK, Lim Kok Wing University London and more. In 2012, she co-founded GLUE Studio, a graphic design and marketing agency based in London.

In 2018, GLUE Studio won LBHF Brilliant For Business Best Creative / Media Startup, organised by The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.

Previous to that Zarina worked as a graphic designer for advertising agencies in Kuala Lumpur and and travel publishing in the UK, before becoming an independent art director. Her foray into photography started with travel magazines to commissions for lifestyle brands.

Zarina believes that the best method of learning is through practical exercises and creative experiments.

“When I started my freelance career, I had very little knowledge of running a business and having an efficient creative workflow. I had to learn everything myself the hard way. This experience inspires me to help other independent creatives who are embarking the same journey as I was.

I understand the challenge for small businesses and independent creative entrepreneurs in finding the most effective workflow within the time and budget constraints. At the same time, it’s important for them to retain the creative spark, enjoy the production process and be constantly inspired.

I hope Warna could provide an introduction an effective creative workflow and answer initial questions that any startup company may have.”