I am a very innovative and talented surface designer. I have industry experience regarding print/textile design, developing color ways, preparing art for production, and designing original art. I also have experience in researching color/trends and administrative work.
N i c o l e A l e x i s N y d z a
May 2009 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fibers and Materials Studies, textile design, The Cleveland Institute of Art.
Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Point Carre, CAD for graphics and prints.
NedGraphics: Easy Map Pro, Easy Coloring, Design and Repeat Pro,
and Evolution Rip Layout. Color matching Cad’s using pantones and clients’
color standards with a Mimaki Printer.
Basic knowledge of sewing and pattern making ,
knowledge of natural and chemical dyes,
weaving, silk screening, felt making and
surface manipulation, mold making with plaster,
line drawing,creating spec sheets for sewing, textiles,
and hard objects, and gouache painting.
August 2012- Present West Elm- Assistant Textile Designer
2012 Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) Textile Assistant/ Freelance Project
Assisted the Textile/Bedding/ Rug department for a short term assignment during the busy season. Assisted in areas including research and development, scanning and cleaning artwork, developing repeat patterns, developing artwork, color matching, working on spec sheets and tech packs, and provided organizational needs for the Rug and Textile Department.
Assisted in preparing visual presentations including displaying art and CAD art for Product Presentation.
2011 Ann Taylor Stores, Ann Inc. Color Manager/Colorist/ CAD Design
Assisted the print and pattern department during the Maternity Leave of the color Manager. Took on the role of the Color Manager in her absence. Supported and inspired the Trend Director on seasonal color development
and maintained the department’s color needs. Sourced all color development from local fabric stores and international Color services including DB, Noa, Italian Lab, Pantone, and Trend Union. Prepared color palettes In- House by creating the color template in Excel and preparing color chips for the designers. Thoroughly researched color theory and names that reflect the sophistication and elegance of the brand. Prepared and updated the department’s print charts with the most current print information including Mill information, qualities, department, thumbnails, and colorways. Maintained the departments quarterly budgets and distributed purchase order numbers to local and international print vendors. Reviewed yarn dye stike-offs and sample yardage for color,approvals, and for production. Provided visual organizational tools for the Print/Color department’s needs. Assisted in developing colorways for print development using Ned Graphics easy coloring.
7 Times Square, New York, NY
2011 J. Crew, Madewell, CAD/Textile Designer/Product Development
Took on the role of Senior CAD Textile Designer during her leave of absence.
Assisted the Madewell brand by providing Textile CAD needs for the designers. Developed contemporary colorways with and without direction for floral prints, plaids, and stripes. Worked with vintage and purchased art to develop colorways and layouts for swim, Apparel, and accessories. Revised coloways and layouts on a daily basis under direction from the Art director. Assisted the accessories team by developing layouts, engineered prints, and colorways for scarves.
Prepared Print and color tech packs for sample yardage and strike -offs. Provided printer maintenance and digital file organization. 770 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
2011 Bespoke Tibetan Carpets, Rug Designer/ Product Development Project
Developed a collection of rug designs to be put into production for Fall 2012. Provided detail on every aspect of the product including color, pile structures, marketing, labels, and catalog.
2010 Inch, Surface Designer/ Product Development Project
Developed a project with Industrial designers . Design work was provided for a surface pattern applied to a silicone product. Developed an embossed surface pattern which was made into a mold. The final product was designed for an adhesive company. 55 Washington Street suite 654 Brooklyn, NY 11201
2010 Maytex Mills, Textile Designer
Created spec sheets for hard objects and textiles to be sent to factories. Prepared and cleaned prints for the engraving process. Executed light hand drawing/ sketching for print development. Conducted trend research for the home
to develop a greater understanding of the mass market. Assisted in developing products including shower hooks, tub mats,window curtains, Jacquards, shower curtains, embroideries, and engineered prints for the mass market. Developed art work at full scale using NedGraphics Design and Repeat Pro. Assisted in making presentations using NedGraphics Easy Map Pro. Pitched colorways using the pantone color system. Color matched CAD’S from the Mimaki printer using Photoshop and NedGraphics Easy Coloring.
261 5th Ave. New York, NY 10016
2008 Odegard Rare and Original Carpets, The New York Design Center, Art Department Intern
Supported office functions for the Art Department such as organizing tear sheets and gathering yarn samples for clients. Took an active role in making color decisions. Reformatted rugs designs by hand for various clients.
200 Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10016
2008 Cleveland Institute of Art Extended studies program, Teaching Assistant
Assisted in teaching the art of felting from carding to dyeing the wool. Aided the students in developing their own projects and obtaining a finished product at the end of a six week class.
11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106
2008 IIDA Product Runway Charity event, Designer
Designed outfits for dress forms which were used as table decorations.
The event was held at Anatomy night club.
1299 West 9th Street Cleveland, OH 44113
2008 East Cleveland Cemetery Foundation, Designer
Designed wallpaper for the visitors center. The wallpaper was used as a memorial
to honor the children who died in the Collinwood School fire in 1908.
1621 East 118th Street Cleveland, OH 44106
2009 Art Helping Animals Charity event.
Donated art work to a silent auction benefitting PAWS, a
Cleveland animal welfare organization. The event was held to
raise awareness about homeless animals in Northeast Ohio.
The event was held at MOCA, Cleveland, OH.
2007-08 Barbara L. Kuhlman Foundation scholarship for fiber.
2005-09 Five year renewable portfolio scholarship
awarded by The Cleveland Institute of Art.
2005 Ohio Governor’s Grant.
2010 Created contemporary textile work including rugs and surface designs
which are featured in the book 1000 Artisan Textiles by Sandra Salamony
& Gina M. Brown. The book is sold on Amazon.com and other major retailers.
2009 Student Independent Exhibition, Cleveland Institute of Art.
2009 Collected Fictions, Coffee house gallery, Cleveland Institute of Art.
2007-09 Student Spring show, Cleveland Institute of Art.
2007 Art Star Craft fair, Philadelphia PA.
2006 Asterisk, Tremont, Cleveland, OH.