I have been drawing all my life. In first grade the school had to put me in a special art class during the day so that I'd have an incentive to pay attention in my other classes. From teaching papermaking in Thailand to designing prints for fabrics and designing accessories, I have a wide and varied background in the arts and fashion. More fox than hedgehog, I have a lot of hedgehog tendencies in my focused attention to detail.

Work Samples

  • Varioius Press

  • Other Hardlines

  • Hardlines Project

Work History

  • Independent Designer

    • Freelance
    • New York, NY
    • Dec 2001 - Present (12 years 10 months)

    The Frye Company - Design
    Kate Spade - Illustration & technical packages
    Urban Outfitters - Handbag design & CADs
    Evie Bett - Handbag collection development from concept to finish
    Mary Frances Accessories - Handbag & embellishment design
    Intercontinental Leathern Industries Inc. - Handbag collection design & packages
    Proctor & Gamble via Smart Fusion - Wall illustrations for pop-up store
    Tank Industries - Product illustration
    Old Navy - Flat sketching & print design
    FOB New York - Fashion illustrations & logo development

  • Design & Trend - Accessories

    • Charlotte Russe
    • May 2010 - Feb 2011 (9 months)

    Developed new vendor partnerships for higher quality deliverables.
    Partnered with merchandising on line building and interpreting emerging trends.
    Owned and led seasonal accessory trend presentation meetings.
    Traveled to China to work with factories and shopped Europe for trend inspiration.
    Designed handbags, belts, soft accessories, shoes and jewelry as needed per season.
    Directed trend for all accessory categories: jewelry, handbags, shoes, belts,

  • Senior Designer - Bags, Belts & Wallets

    • American Eagle Outfitters
    • New York, NY
    • Dec 2008 - Apr 2010 (1 year 4 months)

    Independently traveled to China seasonally to develop new styles.
    Created new grading specs for belts and developed and researched new PU and fabric raw materials.
    Set print direction specific for bags and belts, collaborated with graphics director for branding ideas for bags.
    Researched vintage and emerging trends in bags and belts, presented design concepts; sketched and developed specs.
    Lead designer for AEO bags and belts, as well as directly managed a designer.

  • Designer/Technical Designer - Handbags & SLG's

    • Banana Republic
    • New York, NY
    • May 2005 - Nov 2008 (3 years 6 months)

    Assisted in footwear, soft accessories and belt design as needed.
    Traveled overseas to China and Korea to work with factories on style development and production, raw material development, and embellishment research.
    Owned all post adoption approvals for design intention and specifications.
    Designed proprietary hardware, created technical specs, researched and developed new embellishment treatments.
    Developed and designed handbags and collection specific small leather goods seasonally to compliment the Banana Republic women’s apparel line.

  • CAD Designer

    • Style & Co.
    • New York, NY
    • Apr 2004 - Apr 2005 (1 year)

    Developed and set print direction for each season from initial stages to finished collections for knits, wovens and sweaters.
    Created original prints and produced repeats and colorways for prints and yarn dyes.
    Participated in color development for each season.
    Researched, catalogued and translated vintage prints to enhance emerging print trends for market group.
    Directly managed an assistant designer.

  • CAD Designer

    • City DKNY
    • New York, NY
    • Oct 2000 - Apr 2004 (3 years 6 months)

    Researched and developed new applications for prints and graphics.
    Collaborated with designers to create original graphics and illustrations.
    Created new prints, repeats, patterns and yarn dyes for women’s apparel and color matched seasonal color palettes.
    Translated hand sketches to vector files and color filled bodies for presentation.

  • Other Experience

    • Art & English Teacher, Buranarumluk School
    • Trang, Thailand
    • Oct 1997 - Apr 1999 (1 year 6 months)

    Developed and instructed Papermaking course and an English for Business course for senior high school students.
    Co-instructed elements of design, painting, drawing and printmaking at the junior high and high school level.
    Taught an outreach session with the papermaking students at a juvenile center.
    Prepared students for English language competitions.
    Coached a squad of cheerleaders for basketball season.

Education

  • University of Michigan

    • Master of Social Work
    • 2014 - Currently Enrolled

    Geriatric Scholar

  • School of Visual Arts

    • Bachelor of Fine Arts Illustration
    • 1993 - 1996

Specialties

Awards

2007 - Banana Republic Exceed Award 2008 - Part of team awarded ACE Accessories Retailer of the Year Awards 2013 - Part of team awarded ACE Legacy Award

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