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EDITORIAL AND PUBLICATION DESIGN
GRAPHIC & PATTERN DESIGNER || Professional and Interpersonal Qualifications Summary || A creative professional experienced in fast paced environments, which demands strong organizational, technical and creative skills. An organized, talented, resourceful, detail oriented and deadline driven team player, possessing the following professional and personal strengths: • Customer Service & Vendor Sourcing Experience • Current in Adobe Creative Suite Software • Detailed Oriented Proof Reader • A Lifelong Passion for Textiles, Style and Design • Proactive & Creative Problem Solver • An Entrepreneurial Spirit & Self Starting Work Style • Knowledge of Textiles and Fabric Properties • Surface Design & Pattern Repeat Proficiency || Creative and Technical Skills || Computer skills: • Extensive experience in Adobe CS, currently CS6; MS Office 2011and 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, Crafts & 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 color ways 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 [Principal – Owner] (2004 – currently + 1996 – 1999) • Print Graphic Designer and Studio Artist Established as a contract studio artist & graphic designer with advertising agencies, publishers, corporate marketing departments and design studios in LA and Orange Counties. The work includes production and design, pattern illustration, proofing, image manipulation. During this process, I continually maintain an active communication with clients, account executives, copywriters and design leads. The most recent was a freelance position with Orange Circle Studio – a gift & stationary company located in Irvine, CA. My work included decorative pattern illustrations, guided journal design and production, preparation of images and files for presentation mockups, assisting senior designers with a multitude of project including wall and desk calendars, weekly planners and product/website image manipulation and updates. • Pattern and Textile Designer Developed original patterns for manufacturing from concept to finished design; including multiple color ways. Current (past and present) client list: – Riley Blake Designs & Alpine Fabrics (submitting designs/pattern for possible future manufacturing) – Kiwi Lane Designs / www.kiwilane.com (delivering patterns for a scrapbook paper company) – Breathable Baby (conceptualized and designed repeat pattern for textile company) – Inspire Marketplace Network (Wendy Ford Design Studio, NYC; pattern design freelancer) – Solid Line Products / www.kekacase.com (currently licensing artwork for device cases and skins) • Handmade Unique Accessories / Designer & Principal The owner and designer of a accessory design company; daily tasks includes sourcing, vendor relationships, administrative and creative work such as marketing, illustration, pattern designs, package design, concept and execution of the creation of scarves and jewelry for e-commerce, art/craft shows and retail sales. CME Inc. (Continual Medical Education) – Irvine, CA (5/1999 – 4/2000) Publications Art Director Managed monthly medical trade publications with Continual Medical Education content for mental health professionals, proofread editorial content, held editorial meetings, oversaw production and design flow charts, approved blue lines, evaluated performance, researched cover art and mentored staff of three designers. Maintained an excellent working relationship with sales, marketing and editorial associates. Off Duty Magazine – Costa Mesa, CA (5/1994 – 11/1996) Art Director Off Duty Magazine offered US Armed Forces personnel with important information while on base. 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. || Education & Professional Development || Currently engaged in online studies: “Pattern Power – CS6 Illustrator”, “Ink & Paint” and “Swirl shop” by Laura Coyle at www.reneepearson.com Career Course in Graphic Design, Visual Communication and Marketing La Jolla Academy of Advertising Arts, La Jolla, CA [now Art Institute of California,]. GPA 3.7 Visual Communications Program: Computer Illustration and Layout 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) Steneby School of Arts & Craft, Dals Långed, Sweden. [www.stenebyskolan.se] Leksands Folkhögskola, Leksand, Sweden [firstname.lastname@example.org] Apparel Business Classes/The Product Development Series at Portland Sewing Inc., Portland, OR (spring semester 2011) • 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. || Industry Experience & Limited Client List || Healthcare — • United Healthcare Group (by AllMed Staffing for ThomasArts, production artist, brokers manual)) • MedPartners (contract graphic artist servicing member physicians with their marketing needs) • Mark-it Smart (clients: Valeant Pharmaceuticals, ASP/Johnson& Johnson among others) • CME Inc. (publications Art Director with Psychiatric Times; medical education and tradeshows) • Odontos (creative contractor for publications targeting the orthodontic profession) • St.Joseph Hospital (designed and produced a monthly in-house newsletter) Real Estate — • Kovach Marketing (clients: Shea Homes, Taylor Woodrow, William Lyon Homes among others) • InterCommunications (a variety of national and international real estate developers) • Barracuda Advertising (clients: New Millennium Homes, Standard Pacific Homes) • Homes and Land Magazine/Northern Orange County (contractual designer) • Builder & Developer (Peninsula Publishing; layout of monthly issue) Mics. Industries — • Jensen Design Associates-JDA (freelance production artist; clients: Canon and Toshiba) • Kingston Technologies (freelance designer; manufacturer of memory products for PCs and Mac) • Terra Universal (manufacturer of clean-room equipment, on seasonal catalog team) • RichesBaird (production artist on catalog projects, presentations, ads and annual reports) • Smith + Noble Window Treatments (on the seasonal catalog production team) • Breathable Baby (conceptualized and designed repeat pattern for textile company) Museums & Hospitality — • Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden (art direction, design and production of souvenir book) • Hilton and Fairmont Hotels (production and layout of sales collateral) • The Bishops Lodge (design and layout of sales brochure) • 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)
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