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Freelance Plush Pattern Designer at Dempsey Designs
London, United Kingdom
My ambition is to bring life to my dreams and the dreams of others through my Arts and Craft. To do this I wish to harness my ever improving breadth of skill through experience and observation in the creative industry. I believe my insatiable curiosity, thirst for inspiration, enjoyment of Memetics and lateral thinking give me the ability to spot gaps in the market and act on them in an original from, making me an ideal addition to any innovation-driven company.
Plush Portfolio 2011
Final Year Project Interim
Dempsey Designs T Rex
Freelance Plush Pattern Designer
- Dempsey Designs LTD
- Nov 2012 - Jul 2013 (8 months)
Working to a brief with references, formulating visuals completed made up mock up of the final soft toy. Collaborating with my client to get the product as close to what they wanted as possible, whilst using my pattern experience to design patterns easy enough for beginners and children to follow. This required documenting prototype progress with Photography as well.
Seasonal Sales Associate
- Forbidden planet
- Nov 2012 - Jan 2013 (2 months)
Our strong team work kept the number of customers waiting to be served to a minimum, and good numeracy was essential in cashing up at end of day. Spare time was used to update myself on product knowledge and keep our workspace tidy. I had a genuine passion for the products I was selling, as well as the company’s ethos.
Data Entry Clerk
- Feb 2008 - Nov 2008 (9 months)
This consisted of recording and cataloging sensitive data and trouble shooting for accurate information. This improved my communication skills as I needed to be patient and negotiate with civil servants in other departments to come to an amicable solution, and confirm details with challenging customers.
Seasonal Sales Associate
- Next Group PLC
- Oct 2007 - Dec 2007 (2 months)
Stock replenishment and Customer Care required good interpersonal skills and taking the initiative to contact nearby branches to hold products by.
- Royal Bank of Scotland
- Aug 2007 - Aug 2007
Faxing provisional redemption statements to solicitors and posting closure letters to customers. Working in a team we had a common goal to complete so many tasks per day.
- Jul 2006 - Dec 2006 (5 months)
Cleaning out and spending quality time with the animals; This improved my self-motivation and commitment to tasks.
- Barracuda Group
- Aug 2005 - Dec 2005 (4 months)
Staying motivated and enthusiastic whilst serving challenging and vulnerable customers, and housekeeping.
- AKA Cartoons Studio INC.
- Oct 2005 - Nov 2005 (1 month)
Participated in thumbnail meetings with storyboard artists, took part in props design, and received invaluable critique on my work. This hands-on experience gave me the confidence to make suggestions in project meetings, and staying in Vancouver also made me realise just how much I enjoy travelling and experiencing different countries and cultures.
- Jun 2002 - Jan 2003 (7 months)
The shop was co-owned by both Thorntons the confectioner, and Birthdays the Card shop.
This was where I first started to develop my communication and interpersonal skills and I did this through assisting disabled and senior customers with product choices
- Jun 2001 - Jun 2001
During the final 2 weeks of year 10, at secondary school.
- Bachelor of Arts (BA) Product Design
- 2009 - 2012
Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication
- Foundation degree Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
- 2004 - 2005
Coventry University – Institute of applied Entrepreneurship January – June 2011 SPEED West Midlands/EFS –This consisted of one on one Mentoring from Entrepreneurs, as well as workshops (topics included Intellectual property, international business, etc), Networking,...
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