Almost everything I have done has been fun and exciting, and overall I have felt a creative satisfaction and sense of pride of my accomplishment at the end of the day. I am an experienced professional in search for an opportunity where I can make a difference. Please, spend a minute or two to take a look at what I can offer. I am an organized and deadline driven self-starter and I view myself as a dependable team player and a resourceful creative professional. I available NOW, for remote, freelance or in-house employment!

Work Samples

  • EDITORIAL AND PUBLICATION DESIGN

  • HEALTHCARE

  • CATALOG DESIGN

Work History

GRAPHIC & TEXTILE DESIGNER Professional and Interpersonal Qualifications Summary — A creative, organized, resourceful, detail oriented and deadline driven team player, possessing the following professional and personal strengths: • Customer and Vendor Communication Skills • Knowledge of Textiles and Fabric Properties • Surface Design & Pattern Repeat Proficiency • College and Self-Taught Lifetime Student of Design • Proactive and Creative Problem Solving • An Entrepreneurial Spirit & A Self Starting Work Style • Design Software Mastering • A Lifelong Passion for Textiles, Fabric & Style Creative and Technical Skills — Computer skills: • Extensive experience in Adobe CS, currently CS6; MS Word and working knowledge of Microsoft Publisher, PowerPoint and Excel. Photography & Illustration: • Skilled in hand sketching, map illustrations, technical schematics and floor plan drawings. Have a fine arts background with a lifelong passion for art, craft & design. • Digital and analog systems, photo editing, photo shoot experience, styling, image/color correction and stock photo research and archiving. Art & Craft/Textile Design: • Sourcing and developing working relationships with vendors such as fabric mills, whole sellers and jobbers, textile printers and dye-houses, patternmakers and contract sewers, locally and nationwide). • Computer aided repeat pattern designs and development of colorways for finished textile and surface patterns. Background in fiber arts, including weaving, garment and fabric dyeing, silk painting, Shibori, stamping and screen-printing. Professional Experience Highlights — Bonette Design Company (Freelance Design Services) (2004 – currently + 1996 – 1999) Graphic Designer / Pattern Designer Freelance creative designer for various clients, such as: • Breathable Baby (conceptualized and designed repeat pattern for textile company) • Inspire Marketplace Network (Wendy Ford Design Studio, NYC; on the pattern freelance roster)) A successful career as a creative contractor hired on a multitude of projects with advertising agencies, publishers, corporate marketing departments and design studios in Los Angeles and Orange County. Projects included brochures, product catalogs, direct mailers, ads, packaging and online and print publications. The work included design and pre-press production, illustration, proofing and editing, image manipulation, vendor sourcing and client service. For the best possible results, this process included an involved communication with clients, account executives, copywriters and design leads. Bonette Design Company (Handmade Unique Accessories) (2009 – 2013) Designer and Business Owner The principal and designer of a small textile and accessory design company; my daily tasks includes sourcing, vendor relationships, administrative and creative work such as illustration, repeat pattern designs, concept and execution of the creation of scarves and jewelry for ecommerce, craft shows and retail sales. CME Inc. (Continual Medical Education) – Irvine, CA (5/1999 – 4/2000) Publications Art Director Responsible for the design and layout of two monthly trade publications with Continual Medical Education content for mental health professionals, proofreading of all editorial content, holding editorial meetings, scheduling production, design flow charts, approve blue lines, evaluating performance and mentoring my staff of three designers and researching editorial cover art. Maintained an excellent working relationship with sales, marketing and editorial associates. Off Duty Magazine – Costa Mesa, CA (5/1994 – 11/1996) Art Director Held a position as the art director where I was responsible for design and layout of four monthly and bimonthly publications, plus several specialty issues. Redesigned all magazines as well as sales and marketing materials. Supervised two editorial assistants. Additional Professional Information: Started my creative career in 1991 at Sequoia Communications, Santa Barbara, CA as a Graphic Designer, where I was responsible for concepts and design/production of exclusive coffee table books and other marketing materials for a variety of national clients, in collaboration with staff writers, editors and freelancers. 2000 – 2001 Held a California Real Estate license; was active in Orange County, CA as a sales associate. 2001 – 2002 On a sabbatical while spending quality time with family in Sweden. 2002 – 2004 Owned and operated a state licensed family infant childcare in Santa Barbara, CA. Education & Professional Development — Graphic Design, Art and Visual Communication: • Currently engaged in online studies: “Pattern Power – CS6 Illustrator”, “Ink & Paint” and “Swirl shop” by Laura Coyle at reneepearson.com • Career Course in Graphic Design, Visual Communication and Marketing at La Jolla Academy of Advertising Arts, La Jolla, CA [now Art Institute of California,]. GPA 3.7 • Visual Communications Program: Computer Illustration and Layout at University of California Extension, Santa Barbara, CA. • College Course Studies: Art Major Design Principles, Drawing, Silk Screen Printing, Studio Art, Art History Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA. On Presidents List. GPA 4.0 • Studies of Traditional Scandinavian Arts & Craft (paper & fiber art, ceramics and jewelry design) at Steneby School of Arts & Craft, Dals Långed, Sweden. [www.stenebyskolan.se] and Leksands Folkhögskola, Leksand, Sweden [www.info@leksand.fhsk.se] Entrepreneurship and Business Management: • Apparel Business Classes/The Product Development Series at Portland Sewing Inc., Portland, OR How to Start An Apparel Business Finding Customers: Marketing 101 Where To Buy Fabric & Labor: Sourcing 101 Finding and Hiring A Sales Representative • Entrepreneur Development Program: CLIMB and PCC, Portland, OR (fall/winter semester 2010) • College Course Studies: Small Business Management; Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA. Limited Client List — • Breathable Baby (conceptualized and designed repeat pattern for textile company) • Inspire Marketplace Network (Wendy Ford Design Studio, NYC; on the pattern freelance roster) • United Healthcare Group (contracted by AllMed Staffing for ThomasArts, production artist) • MedPartners (contract graphic artist servicing member physicians with their marketing needs) • Jensen Design Associates-JDA (freelance production artist; clients: Canon and Toshiba) • Terra Universal (manufacturer of clean-room equipment, on seasonal catalog team) • Smith + Noble Window Treatments (on the seasonal catalog production team) • Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden (art direction, design and production of souvenir book) • Santa Barbara Biltmore Hotel (on the production team of their coffee table/souvenir book) • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (on the design team of “Treasures” book) • InterCommunications (a variety of national and international real estate developers) • First Team Real Estate (designed a series of comps-layouts for a new ad campaign) • Kovach Marketing (clients: Shea Homes, Taylor Woodrow, William Lyon Homes among others) * A more extensive list incl. references are available *

Education

La Jolla Academy of Advertising Arts, La Jolla, CA Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA University of California at Santa Barbara, extension: computer illustration and layout Portland Community College (PCC), Portland, OR

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