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I am a recent MFA graduate student from Tyler School of Art and currently working as Product Designer at Crayola in Easton, PA on the Color Wonder team. My passion lies in the creation of children's toys--I want to provide children with the opportunity to explore, imagine, and create as I did as a child. But beyond just making objects, I want to facilitate experiences, emotion, and human interaction. I want to create lasting memories and stories. I strive to become as aware and empathetic to children’s needs as possible so that I can positively impact their lives through the creation of my toys. I have strong visual and word skills, which have been put to good use in many varied design applications. I have extensive experience in 3D modeling, rendering, conceptual sketching, presentation board creation, and rapid prototyping. I also have extensive experience with Rhinoceros, Bunkspeed Pro, Flamingo nXt, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Magics, Dreamweaver, and Z-Edit. In addition to this, I also have experience in wax curving, casting, metal fabrication, and mold making. I have a great passion for learning and discovering. I am an extremely hard worker who earnestly tries to overcome challenges. I am sincere, honest, dependable, flexible, and able to work well with others.
Crayola, Easton, PA June 2013 - present Toy Designer - developing new products and play patterns on Color Wonder team. Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA January 2013 - May 2013 Instructor of Record - taught Advanced CAD-CAM, a course in which undergraduate Tyler students continued to develop the 3D modeling and rendering skills acquired in CAD-CAM II. The course focused on precision modeling, 3D printing, mold making, and lost wax casting. One major assignment involved vulcanizing a silicone rubber mold of a 3D printed ring in order to inject wax into the mold so that the part can be cast in sterling silver. The teaching of this course involved developing an original syllabus, generating assignments, and grading. Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA August 2012 - Decemeber 2012 Instructor of Record - taught CAD-CAM II, a course in which undergraduate Tyler students create tangible work and photorealistic renderings; instructed students how to develop 3D modeling and rendering skills introduced in CAD-CAM I; instructed students how to create solid models in Rhinoceros, verify models for accuracy using Magics, submit models for rapid prototyping (RP), and produce photorealistic renderings of models using Flamingo software; was responsible for developing an original syllabus, generating assignments, and grading. Fisher-Price, East Aurora, NY June 2012 - August 2012 Industrial Design Intern - modeled children's playsets and toys in Rhinoceros for the Little People team. Completed additional assignments for Imaginext team. Constructed prototypes which were 3D printed onsite. Rendered CAD models in Flamingo and Bunkspeed Shot. Developed four products which will premiere as items for future sale. Pitched original ideas and designs to both mom panel and senior team. Generated hand sketches; hand fabricated prototypes in foam; painted CAD models. Stanmore, New York, NY January 2012 - April 2012 Freelance CAD Modeler – modeled and rendered jewelry line in Rhinoceros and Bunkspeed Pro for Stanmore, start-up company headed by Catherine Alexander. Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA August 2011 - April 2012 CAD Lab Monitor – assisted undergraduate and graduate students in questions they had in regards to modeling in Rhinoceros, rendering in Flamingo and Bunkspeed Pro, and fixing stl files in Magics; gave students advice on design aesthetics. Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA February 2012 - March 2012 Instructor – led and instructed Jewelry Workshop headed by the Continuing Education Department at Tyler; taught students the basics of working with non-precious metals and sterling silver as an introduction to the lost-wax casting process and jewelry fabrication. Introduced students to wax carving, spruing, investing, casting, sawing, piercing, filing, and soldering which allowed them to create finished pieces of jewelry. Henne Jewelers, Pittsburgh, PA May 2011- August 2011 Jewelry Apprentice – apprenticeship that focused on repair work, mainly soldering, polishing, and plating jewelry; also modeled and rendered jewelry in Rhinoceros and Bunkspeed Shot. Also worked with laser welder and impact printer. 4moms, Pittsburgh, PA May 2010 - August 2010 Customer Service Representative – worked as a Customer Service Representative at 4moms, a company that designs and manufactures baby products. Answered customers’ inquiries/concerns regarding 4moms products via email and phone. Resolved technical difficulties that customers faced when attempting to assemble the mamaRoo (a baby swing) and the Cleanwater Infant Tub. Provided detailed information of store location to customers. Collected overdue invoices from retailers. Prepared and shipped replacement products for customers. Placed retailer and customer orders. Clarksons Fine Jewellery Makers of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland June 2009 - November 2009 Jewelry Apprentice – Paid apprenticeship that taught the basics of designing and making jewelry both on the computer program ArtCAM JewelSmith and at the bench. Designed trollbeads on the computer. These beads premiered as items to buy in the shop’s 2009 winter sale gross sales to date exceed $10,000. Created customers’ rings by sculpting and filing wax, which were later cast in silver and 18-carat gold. Learned how to solder, file, buff, and polish precious metals. Also set diamonds, oxidized silver, and plated silver with gold.
Master of Fine Arts degree in Tyler’s Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM program; graduated May 2013; produced 12 interactive children’s games, which encourage physical activity and social interaction; all are original designs, modeled in Rhinoceros and rendered in Bunkspeed Pro and Flamingo nXt; physical prototypes of my models were printed on the department’s Z-Corp Spectrum Z510 and Objet Eden 350V 3D printers, cumulative GPA: 3.97
Completed a post-baccalaureate program in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM; work as a post-baccalaureate student focused on use of Rhinoceros, Flamingo, and Bunkspeed Pro to produce work for professors Stanley Lechtzin (Area Head) and Vickie Sedman; completed six graduate level courses; cumulative GPA: 3.95
Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and English double-major, with a minor in History; completed two Comprehensive Projects in each major to fulfill the dual degree requirements; Studio Art project involved writing and illustrating a children’s book (Mavis the Traveling Teapot), which was honored at commencement as one of the art department’s most outstanding projects in 2009; studio Art course work has included painting, sculpture, computer art, and basic and advanced drawing Honors: Distinguished Alden Scholar, 2005-2006 (award for achieving a GPA above 3.8); Alden Scholar, 2006 – 2007 (award for achieving a GPA above 3.5); member of English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta, 2008 – 2009 (society whose members achieve a GPA above 3.5 in English coursework); graduated magna cum laude; cumulative GPA: 3.61 Studied abroad in England at Lancaster University and in Florence, Italy at Studio Arts Center International; SACI classes included upper level drawing and fresco painting