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Art & Design Direction, Product Development, Licensing
Art & Design for Consumer Products from all phases of development from concept through production. Strong ability to research and translate current trends to print and pattern or fabrication 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. Have traveled to 3 major cities in China including Shanghai, for product development. Products designed include Rugs, (recently placed at Major retail e-commerce site, Spring 2016) Comforter Sets, Sheeting, Beach & Bath Towels, Beach/Sand Chairs, Bath Rugs and Hard Accessories, Plush Pillows and Cushions, Embroidery, Applique, Placement & Allover Prints for Apparel, Pajamas and other soft goods. Design of Wood and Metal Decor & Signs for the Home. Illustration for Digital Scrapbook Collections sold online. Skilled and passionate in creating whimsical and fun surface design prints. Recently placed in Hancock Fabrics. Extensive Licensing Experience with major Brands such as Disney, Mattel, Nickelodeon, NFL, NCAA, ESPN, Warner Bros., Sesame Workshop and more. 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 Wacom Tablet, Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop CC as well as hand Illustration. Mac and PC platforms. Graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC with Illustration Degree.
Licensed Bedding & Accessories
Licensed Bedding in the Market
Product Development Plush
Artwork, Print and Pattern Design for Various Manufacturers of Consumer Products.
Clients have included:
Art Carpet, Atlanta, GA. Rug Design-Placed at major retail e-commerce site available Spring 2016
Real Deals on Home Decor, Atlanta, GA. Seasonal Wood & Metal Decor Collections
Fan Creations, Atlanta, GA. NFL Licensee -Wood and Metal Signs sold online and at Retailers.
JLA Home, Fremont California (The Bobby Jack Brand)-Bobby Jack Bedding for Tweens
Dan River, NY, NY-Bedding design for a variety of Licenses
Eastlands, Shanghai China- Plush Product Development
Scrapgirls.com-Digital Scrapbooking Collections
Over the counter fabric currently on sale at Hancock Fabrics.
Privately held home textile manufacturer in business over 125 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.
Privately held home textile manufacturer in business over 60 years with volume over $90m 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.
Privately held Sleepwear manufacturer in Business over 60 years with volume over $60m 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.