Enthusiastic Creative Product Designer who has accumulated over twenty years of experience in various creative and business fields both personally and professionally. Experienced in designing innovative products such as giftware, ceramics, toys, children’s wearable, jewelry, accessories as well as book illustrations. Managed freelancers and collaborating with product development teams to bring new designs into production, on schedule, and within budget. A self motivated professional who has excellent communication and problem solving skills, is very organized and takes initiative in following through on all assignments. A designer who upholds a high degree of aesthetic value on her designs a number which have been featured in a few major magazines: Cosmopolitan, Teen People, Woman’s Day and Parents Magazine. Proven ability to assume increased responsibilities; is detail-oriented and understands priorities. A team player who is able to multitask, enjoys a fast paced environment and maintains a high level of work ethic that has been expressly appreciated by both Management and peers.
Toys & Everyday Plush Animals
Product Designer, Graphic Artist, Illustrator
- Open to new opportunities
- Jan 2013 - Present (11 months)
Illustrator/Graphic Designer/Product Designer
Design hardgoods, softgoods, home décor, displays & packaging. Children’s plush toys & accessories, graphic designs for embroidery & appliques on infant toys & wearables.
Please visit my jewelry shop on Etsy, From Pebbles to Pearls: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FromPebblestoPearls
Product Designer - Nat & Jules Plush Division
- Jun 2011 - Jan 2013 (1 year 7 months)
Design and develop plush items for everyday, baby lines and hard goods for baby decor. Create original character, embroidery & applique designs for plush baby lines as well as fresh concepts for seasonal & licensed plush.
Put together concept boards showing style, color palette, logos, packaging for presentations to departmental heads. Brainstorm ideas with team members. Communicate with the Far East on direction, specs and revisions. Keep current on trends for character concepts, plush fabrics, textures of materials, colors and patterns. In the process of starting an online website selling jewelry, knitted gifts, sculptures, ceramic and fabric ornaments that I designed and created.
Senior Product/Graphic Designer
- Russ Berrie
- Mar 2010 - Apr 2011 (1 year 1 month)
Accountable for designing and successfully stylizing new concepts for all lines. Brainstorm with team members and department heads on concepts. Responsible for designing 3-Dimensional hard and soft goods, licensed toys as well as all the peripherals including displays, packaging boxes, bags, hang tags, backer cards and showroom signs and mock-ups. Visualize and create logos, fonts, color palettes, icons, style guides for all product lines. Design plush lines for licensed items such as Mattel's Barbie Pets, Clifford, Barney, Curious George and other licensed plush product.
Freelance Creatve Designer/Illustrator
- Self Employed
- Nov 2005 - Apr 2010 (4 years 5 months)
Designer of gifts, jewelry, home décor for giftware companies. Design & create children's wearables, plush toys & accessories. Designed packaging & gift sets for food & beverage company. Illustrator of greeting cards & books. Wrote and illustrated a rhyming children’s picture book.
Starting up online website selling jewelry, knitted wearables, sculptures, ceramic and fabric ornaments that I designed and created.
Creative Product Designer
- Russ Berrie & Co., Inc.
- Sep 2002 - Nov 2005 (3 years 2 months)
Design concepts for Holiday lines for both hard goods and soft goods. Prepare style guides. Responsible for designing entire lines independently. Manage design activities of freelancers. Design packaging and displays. Create artwork utilizing Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Electronically executed artwork to the Far East Team upon approval of the Art Director. Monitor product development process both electronically using Lotus Notes and through travel to the Far East to oversee production and ensure that HK and China adhere to the outlined specifications. Represent the company at all gift, toy and stationery shows in New York City. Set up showroom in Los Angeles for open house.
- Marcolin USA
- Sep 1997 - Jul 2002 (4 years 10 months)
Initiate requests for costs and samples from Italy, Japan & Korea. Perform item setup within the AS400 system. Generated and monitored purchase orders. Handled new product forecasting, product releases, product change and notification process, and customer information releases. Intense interfacing with Product Development Team in Italy. Created product spec sheets. Reconciled invoices for remittance by Accounts Payable. Maintained computer files, inventory adjustments, transfers and receiving. Trained Product Coordinator and newly hired Inventory Manager on AS400 system. Introduced Product Coordinator to all facets of expediting new product. Traveled to Scottsdale, Arizona to learn item setup on OMNI system.
Owner of Mail Order Company and Freelance Illustrator
- Falcon Specialties
- 1990 - 1997 (7 years)
Designed jewelry, T-shirts, ornaments. Created fabric covered ceramic figurines, dolls, plush animals. Ordered items from foreign and domestic suppliers. Supplied hand-made and novelty items to gift shops. Participated in exhibits and craft shows.
Interfaced with publishers and art directors.
Wrote and illustrated children’s activity books published by Paulist Press and Price Stern Sloan. Designed and illustrated TV medical commercial for Ortho-Pharmaceutical Co
- Debbies Floral Design
- 1987 - 1989 (2 years)
Designed floral arrangements and party effects based on clients’ specifications. Created custom prop fabrications and creative signage for themed party events for Bar Mitzvahs, Birthdays, Graduations, Weddings, Special Events, etc. Produce duplicate images using wood, plastic and foam. Designed and created drawings and 3 dimensional artwork: sculptures, murals, pop art, table centers pieces, games.
Decorate Hotel Lobby and Meeting Rooms with Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, Valentines Day, and décor for other Holidays.
- Windsor Toys, Inc.
- 1986 - 1987 (1 year)
Researched market to determine current toy trends. Create initial styles and designs of new plush ideas for the juvenile toy market. Sketched out ideas to illustrate concepts for internal review. Select the style, color palette, theme and fabrics that would be introduced into the Fall and Spring plush lines. Shopped and researched retail market Traveled to Seoul Korea for a ten day conference and to oversee production at the factory. Collaborated with the Korean design team and pattern makers. Developed an understanding of how to most effectively communicate design ideas with foreign countries.
School of Visual Arts
- BFA Illustration
- 1982 - 1986