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Graphic Designer • Illustrator • Surface Designer
Creative by nature, Designer through discipline and Apparel Artist by chance, I am always exploring new creative ideas and I'm inspired by the talents of others.
For several years, I have designed art and textiles for the apparel industry, decorating the clothing of men, women, and children from mass market to high-end retail. Some of my art has made interesting appearances including on NBA fundraiser tees to an appearance on American Idol.
•Experience creating original art and textile designs for industry leading apparel retailers.
•Comprehensive knowledge of all phases of product development – from concept and market research
to retail production and product marketing.
•Detailed knowledge of Graphic Design, with emphasis in logo/identity, print, and letterform design.
•Skilled at interpreting market trends and developing original concepts.
•Exceptional working relationships with product development and design teams.
•Coordinating artwork with domestic and international manufacturers to meet quality standards.
•Proven ability to manage deadlines while ensuring product quality.
•Extensive knowledge of Adobe® Creative Suite and Microsoft® Office.
•CAD experience with NedGraphics software – Printing Studio, Fashion Studio.
Darien Design, Seattle, WA | January 2002 – Present
•Darien Design’s mission is producing compelling original graphics, design solutions, illustrations, and textile/surface designs, while operating ethical and successful business practices.
•Building successful relationships with clients to meet both graphic design and illustration needs.
•Partnering with apparel product development teams to create and produce graphics and textiles for apparel lines.
•Designs retailed by Nordstrom, L. L. Bean, Gymboree, Tommy Bahama, A. Tiziano, Hudson News, London Fog, Crazy Shirts and Seven Salon.
Evy of California, Seattle, WA | January 2003 – October 2013
ART DEPARTMENT COORDINATOR / Art Director, (Lead Artist 2003-2011)
•Art Directing apparel artists; making certain designs are marketable in the apparel industry.
•Liason between Art Department and Product Development teams.
•Art Department trainer.
•Creating original art for screen prints, rotaries, embroideries, and other embellishments for a broad spectrum of clients.
•Researching and interpreting current trends from concept to final product.
•Designing logos, hangtags, buy books and managing overall graphic design projects.
•Working with licensed products including Paul Frank©, Disney®, and Mutts™.
•Consistent top product sales in the mass apparel market.
•Designs retailed by Walmart, Kmart, Target, Macy's, Kohls, Meijer, The Children’s Place, and more.
Nordstrom Product Group, Seattle, WA
•Developing original textile designs and apparel graphics for boys wear and girls sleepwear.
•Coordinating with merchandisers, designers, production planners, and fashion forecasters to develop high end apparel for Nordstrom’s private label.
•Researching and reporting on current market trends.
•Working with NedGraphics software creating repeats in printed, knit, and woven patterns.
•Approving art strikeoffs and fabrication lab dips and working with manufacturers to ensure quality is met.
•Creating buyer catalogues, presentation boards, and assisting in buy meetings.
Sun Sportswear, Kent, WA
•Producing original concepts and designs incorporating Disney© and Warner Bros.© licensed characters.
•Incorporating traditional licensed characters into current market trend designs.
•Managing approval process including close working relationship with licensors to meet quality expectations.
•Arranging production files for film output.
•Designs retailed by JC Penney, Sears, Walmart, and Kmart.
The Art Institute of Seattle | Seattle, WA
Associate of Applied Arts degree in Visual Communications