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Graphic Design & Illustration
Art & Design for Consumer Products. Strong ability to research and translate current trends to print and pattern on product. Keen ability to understand retail buyers' needs. Skilled at creating original art and design and delivering product to market on schedule & within budget. Experienced at working with manufacturers and vendors directly, including choosing fabric and trims, cost evaluation, and approval process/strikeoffs. Products designed include Comforter Sets, Sheeting, Beach & Bath Towels, Bath Rugs and Accessories, Plush Pillows and Cushions, Embroidery, Applique, Placement & Allover Prints for Apparel, Pajamas and other soft goods. Skilled and passionate in creating surface design prints. Recently placed in Hancock Fabrics. Extensive Licensing Experience with major Brands such as Disney, Mattel, Nickelodeon, ESPN, Warner Bros. etc. Product Development & Brainstorming specialist. Skilled at presenting to internal staff, buyers and licensors. "Idea Person" that collaborates across lines of business from design through sales. Draws & Paints traditionally & digitally using Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop CS6. Mac and PC platforms. Graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC with Illustration Degree.
Licensed Bedding & Accessories
- 2007 - Present (6 years)
Print and Pattern Design for Various Manufacturers of Soft goods. Digital Illustration for e-commerce digital Scrapbooking site.
Clients have included:
Dan River, NY, NY
JLA Home, Fremont California (The Bobby Jack Brand)
Eastlands, Shanghai China
Represented by NYC Design Studio in the development of art prints and patterns to be sold to a variety of manufacturers.
Over the counter fabric currently on sale at Hancock Fabrics.
Logo Design and Branding for Various Start-ups and small businesses.
- Dan River Inc.
- NY, NY
- Apr 2005 - Feb 2007 (1 year 10 months)
Privately held home textile manufacturer in business over 60 years with volume over $120m at time of employment. Lead a new design team in the development of licensed home textile products including bedding, throws, pillows, towels and other soft good accessories. Delivered product on trend and on budget to major clients including Wal-Mart, Sears, Kmart, Bed Bath Beyond and JC Penney. * Liaised with international vendors in product execution including choosing fabrications, stitch treatments, embroidery and handicraft. Applied appropriate changes when necessary to deliver product on time and on budget. * Created & delivered presentations for major brands in order to successfully acquire new licenses with Nickelodeon, Disney, Warner Bros., Mattel, ESPN, Sesame Workshop and more. * Directed approval process with licensing companies including strikeoff approval to adhere to tight deadlines. Collaborated with display professionals and licensing companies on showroom design and for product launches.
- Franco Manufacturing Inc.
- Metuchen, NJ
- May 1997 - Aug 2003 (6 years 3 months)
Privately held home textile manufacturer in business over 60 years with volume over $120m at time of employment. * Directed team of 10 creative professionals in the design of juvenile branded bedding, beach towels, bath towels, and accessories. * Delivered accurate and detailed spec packages for vendors on time and budget. Lead creative team of display professionals on showroom and window design for dozens of product launches. Approved strikeoffs and production* Ensured all approved product was available for launch and showcasing to buyers in showroom and at sales meetings. * Collaborated closely with Marketing and Sales departments in the brainstorming and development of new product. * Researched home textile trends at Heimtextil, Frankfurt, Germany. Directed creative team on execution of presentations to acquire new licensed properties.
- LV Myles Inc.
- NY, NY
- 1989 - Mar 1997 (7 years 3 months)
Privately held Sleepwear manufacturer in Business over 120 years with volume over 90m at time of employment. *Promoted from Staff Artist to Creative Director in 1995. Developed and lead team of creative professionals and freelance artists when needed in the design of placement prints and allover patterns for ladies' and juniors' sleepwear. * Created plush characters and packaging header cards for gift with purchase programs. * Delivered accurate spec packages and digital files for screen printers. * Managed print/strikeoff runs at domestic factories to approve color and quality of initial samples and pre-production. * Liaised between internal merchandising team and licensing companies to deliver innovative product on time and budget.
Fashion Institute of Technology
- ILLUSTRATION AND DESIGN