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Marie Dirvin, Designer
Long Beach, CA
I am an apparel graphic designer with over 7 years industry experience. In that time; I have learned how quickly the fashion industry moves and that I am more than capable of keeping up with that pace, while creating usable and innovative graphic and textile designs for a variety of mediums. I am skilled in both hand and computer illustration and have a strong knowledge of production, licensing, costing and embellishments.
Logos and Print
Graphic Design Communications | Bachelor Of Science
9.01 to 5.05
American Intercontinental University | London
1.04 to 4.04
Graphic Artist and Print Designer
Hot Topic / Torrid
3.13 to Present
Creates original artwork and prints for Men's and Women's apparel and accessories for the Torrid and Hot Topic brands.
Accessories Designer and Graphic Artist For International Accounts
Allegro Manufacturing (A Division of Conair)
8.10 to 3.13
Manages all print and textile designs for international accounts. Key accounts include Sephora Europe, Target AU, Claire’s Accessories, Marks & Spencer, Primark, Joe Fresh and Babyliss among many others. Creates original prints and graphics for a variety of applications; including textiles, packaging, licensing, accessories and trims. Travels overseas for store checks and trend research. Manages freelance and in house graphic artists in creating textile repeats, packaging and presentations. Responsible for development from research to final sales sample stage for all international accounts. Creates tech packs, fabric production and trim packages for China.
Increased UK sales numbers substantially after taking on Hello Kitty soft goods licensing accounts.
Apparel Graphic Artist
Volume Cocomo Apparel
7.09 to 8.10
Designed graphics for misses, juniors and girl’s private label knits. Utilized both hand and computer illustration techniques. Worked with local screen printers and vendors, organized samples, sourced and ordered fabrics & trims. Prepared art for overseas production. Worked with factories to solve issues related to cost. Researched and implicated industry trends on a daily basis.
Accessories Designer and Graphic Artist
6.08 to 7.09
Designed apparel graphics, pattern repeats and accessories for the junior’s and young men’s market. Designed innovative licensed products for companies such as Disney, Sanrio and Mattel; combining style guide artwork with original graphics and fabrics based on current fashion industry trends; while maintaining brand integrity. Sketched bag designs. Responsible for contributing artwork to the private label division. Designed packaging and metal trims. Responsible for rendering cads, choosing and sourcing fabrics, organizing swatch cards, creating technical packs, factory specs and communicating with factories overseas. Responsible for development from research to final sales sample stage.
Atomica Design Group
8.07 to 5.08
Served as trend forecaster; researching, analyzing and organizing seasonal market trends for the entire company. Designed original artwork, packaging and brand identity from concept to the mechanical stage for clients such as Elmer’s Glue, Barton’s Candy, Paper Magic Group,Trends and Berwick Offray. Designed unique and innovative licensed products and graphics while maintaining brand integrity and ensuring all copyright, trademark and style guide regulations were carefully followed. Created and implemented style guides for Elmer’s Glue Fall 2009 Back to School Stationery Fashion Line.
Apparel Graphic Artist & Production Assistant
5.05 to 7.07
Collaborated with the apparel design team overseas and in house to conceptualize and design season themes. Created original artwork for young men’s and boy’s apparel; as well as graphics for corresponding marketing campaigns. Designed all aspects of collateral including packaging and metal trims.
Assisted Head of Production; travelled domestically to denim houses and screen printers to research new techniques and capabilities. Created production specs, tech packs and trim packages. Worked closely with the team in China on research and development. Responsible for organizing bought samples, fabrics, trims, photos, etc. Communicated with and visited factories; researching and implicating state of the art design techniques. Projects spanned a broad range of depth and complexity. Created cads and line sheets.
SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
Expert knowledge of creative suite.
Expert knowledge of fabric and trims.
Expert knowledge of color separations and screen print techniques.
Skilled in creating cads and technical packages for products and apparel.
Able to implement industry trends into the current market.
Strong understanding of fashion and youth culture.
Strong hand illustration skills.
Experience in sourcing, costing and production.
Ability to work under tight deadlines and strict time constraints.
Familiar with working within style guide parameters.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
Knowledge of technical specs, fabric and garment construction.