Freelance designer of industrial made products, eyewear and handmade concepts based in Los Angeles, CA. I have been working with the eyewear industry for 8 years creating sunglasses and optical styles for mass market. I have developed skills in creating concept to final production designs in multiple materials. Experience with working one on one with factory engineers to explore limitations and strengths of production, technique and manufacturability. Ability to understand fashion and licensed brands and target markets for licensed product for various age groups and style demographics. Along with creating for industry I personally enjoy making and designing lifestyle products for the home and garden exploring natural material such as wood, ceramics and plants.
KNOWHOW SHOP /MAR 11 - PRESENT
Wooden Kitchen Utensil Workshop -Teaching Wooden Kitchen Utensil Workshops hosted at Knowhow Shop LA using CNC milling technology and woodshop machines. With a mind on ergonomic organic shapes and creating a handcrafted finished product personally tailored to their own home use.
Teaching a group of Acadamia Avance high School Students in Highland Park how to grow and maintain their own vegetable garden for the school to provide and educate students about where there food come from.
MISSION CLAY PRODUCTS LLC / JAN 12 - AUG 12
Design and development of alternate products made with clay pipe re-invented as vessels for wine making, beer brewing and kombucha growing. Development of a 60 Gallon Ceramic Vessel engineered as an alternative to Oak Barrels in the Wine aging process.
ACTIVIST EYEWEAR / AUG 11 - PRESENT
Freelance designer and Product development aid for Activist Eyewear.
Tasks include Photoshop retouching, Development spec sheets, Lens Cloth pattern design, Eyewear design concepts and cad. Point of purchase Display
THIS GALLERY / KEEP-A-BREAST FOUNDATION’S NON TOXIC REVOLUTION / JUNE 11: Collaboration with Knowhow Shop LA making Urban Streetside planter Benches and California Native planting for the community of Highland Park..
PAXLEY EYEWEAR / LOS ANGELES CA / JAN 11 - PRESENT
Lead Designer/ Consultant for Baby Sunglass Company. Design and development of first launch collection for 2012.
Designing for the target market of 0 to age 4 that can be durable, kid friendly and fashion forward. Concept sketching, 2D development, Final Cads, 3D overview/approval and production/manufacturing/color consultant.
PRTCL INC / JAN 10 - PRESENT
Eyewear Design Collaboration with Mark Craig for various consulting fashion eyewear brands from Inspiration, sketching to cads.
2011 Men's/Woman's Suns & Optical Collection for Kenneth Cole/Marcolin USA, Sofia Loren and Randy Jackson optical client pitch for zyloware. Small releases and occasional design work for Judith Leiber, David Yurman.
STROTTMAN TOYS / IRVINE CA / MAR 10 - AUG 10
Freelance Industrial Designer for Premium toys for Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Chuck E Cheese, Snoopy.
Translating Concept Sketches to full working cads for factory production in toys. (Soft goods, plastic molded product, 3d paper puzzles, Pinatas, Cups)
VON ZIPPER / IRVINE CA / MAR 2010 - AUG 2010
Freelance Designer - Snow Goggles, Promotional 3d Glasses for MTV movie Jackass, Von Zipper Woman's & Men's Sunglasses
M.CARTER HANDBAGS / BROOKLYN NY / MAY 08
Designer for Spring Collection of handbags 2009
Handbag Illustration, Cad, Rendering, Development.
LIMITED BRANDS /VICTORIA'S SECRET / NY NY / MAR 08 - Freelance
Freelance Accessories Designer/ Rendering for Victoria's Secret
Small Acessories Design, Rendering, Presentation, Technical Cads/Specs, Development, Production.
FIFTH SEASON PRODUCTIONS/STUDIO / BROOKLYN NY / OCT 07 - APR 08
Freelance designer, Architect Assistant for Claudia Diaz.
Art basel/Desgn Miami booth design, Plant /Landscape design advisement, Gallery exhibit setup/design material sourcing, client presentations, correspondance, plant selection, parts fabrication
MARCHON EYEWEAR INC / NY NY / AUG 05 - OCT 07
Lead Designer - Sun and Optical Collections for Fashion Brands (Coach, Sean John)
Managing Design process from Sketch, Client Presentations, Technical drawings to Final Production
Eyewear Manufacturing, Working with Engineers in Multiple Factories.
Visiting Factories in China, Hong Kong, Development at Trade shows in France, Italy and NY
ALYSSA NORTON JEWELRY / BROOKLYN/ NY NY / NOV 03 - DEC 05
Design Assistant: Jewelry manufacturing and process with Metal work and Silk
BROOKLYN COLLECTIVE / BROOKLYN NY / SEPT 04 - SEPT 05
A collective of local designers and artists exhibiting in a gallery/store
Exhibited Chocolate Organs, Dying Flower Earrings, Cactus Spheres and Website design.
GRAPHIC DESIGN USA / NY NY / OCT 04 - JULY 05
Assistant Art Director at GD USA Magazine
Graphics, Promotional Poster, Magazine Layout, Mailings, Awards organization
KARIM RASHID INC / NY NY / JUN 03 - AUG 03
Design Internship - Materials research, sketching and project presentations
Gallery exhibitions (painting exhibition in Chelsea and Toyota inspiration exhibit in Japan)
ACCONCI STUDIO / BROOKLYN NY / JUL 02 - NOV 02
Product development with Artist Vito Acconci
Design Internship - Prototyping, Ideations, Concept sketching for Alessi Project
ADDITIONAL FREELANCE CLIENTS INCLUDE:
Revolution Eyewear - Beatles Sun & Optical Collection 2013, True Religion Sun & Optical Collection 2013, Robert Graham Sun & Optical Launch Collection, Rev Woman's Eyewear
RoShamBo -Designer Rubber Baby eyewear designed 2012
Penn State Industries - Breast cancer Pen Kits for Wood turners.
Southern Tide Sunglass collection 2013 - Designer of first signature collection
Martha Stewart - Prototyping/ Craft Department Sample Making
DESIGN: Graphics, Client Presentations, Ideation/Hand Sketching, Product Prototyping, Cad Drawings, Factory Production Problem Solving, Material research, Designing 2D to 3D, Fashion Acessories(Eyewear, handbags, small products, jewelry)-Design & Specs, Power Point
COMPUTER PROGRAMS: Adobe CS3 - Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Alias, Pro-E, Quark, Microsoft Office, Mac/Windows, Solidworks
PROTOTYPE: Molding and Casting various Materials, Sewing, Jewelry Metal Work, Woodworking - Furniture, Chocolatier, Plant Propagation, vBook Binding, Shoe making, Slip-Casting
SPOKEN LANGUAGES: English, Taiwanese, Mandarin (semi-fluent)
OTHER: Riding bikes in Brooklyn and Amsterdam, Planting gardens in small space & rooftops, searching the world for good food.