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Freelance Fashion Designer and Illustrator
NEED SOME EXTRA HELP WITH YOUR LINE? I can design your line from initial concepts through to production stage. My skills include: Print Design - hand paintings as well as computer generated, Sweater and C & S knits, Fashion Illustrations. Clients have come to rely on me for multitude of tasks from final specs and artwork during crunch time to designing the entire line while filling in for a designer.
Concept to Product & Trend Boards
Ladies Designs & Illustrations
Print & Embellishment for Textiles & Garments
EXPERIENCE 1997 - Present Freelance Designer – Thea Pérez Design • Initial concepts and color stories • Embellishment artwork: beading, embroidery • Cut & Sew garments • Original paintings for printed garments and print repeats • Digital art for prints • Original designs, artwork layouts, and spec packages • Novelty Stitch, Intarsia, Jacquard sweater layouts • Fashion Illustrations • Graphic print design for hard goods 2009 Senior Designer - Boston Apparel Group, Boston, MA - Chadwicks of Boston catalog and ecommerce - • Development of trend & concepts; swatch and artwork purchasing; travel for line inspiration • Responsible for concept, design and initial proto development of all casual and career Tops: sweaters, cut & sew, and wovens. Also designed special capsule collections. • Design and execution of artwork including novelty sweaters graphed on CAD, and embellishment layouts • Collaboration with various internal departments: Sourcing, Merchandising and Tech Design to maintain integrity, quality and validity of the line • Mentoring and development of Design team 2002 - 2008 Teaching Experience – Rhode Island School of Design • Design/ Drawing for Apparel Dept. undergrad program in 2004 & 2008 • Fashion Illustration & Design for C.E. Dept. in 2002 & 2003 & 2008 2001 - 2002 Senior Knitwear Designer – Susan Bristol, Boston, MA • Responsible for all sweaters in the Casual line, the largest grossing division; collaborated with woven designer throughout the season • Development of initial concepts; swatch and artwork purchasing; design and execution of artwork including novelty sweaters graphed on CAD; communication with overseas agents; overseeing fit sessions with Product Manager • Private Label development, and relations with key accounts in NY 1998 - 2001 Knitwear Designer – David Brooks ~ Kellwood, Boston, MA • Responsible for knitwear design of Holiday 2000 line, resulting in a 30% sales increase • Managed design staff of 5, enabling the team to meet deadlines • Designed cut and sew garments as well as fully fashioned sweaters for all lines: casual, soft dressing, and sportswear • Involved in all aspects of line development before production: theme boards and concepts; swatch and artwork purchasing; sourcing yarns and fabrics; managing fit sessions with Technical Designer; merchandising line for sales staff • Collaboration with Production Department to achieve margin 1997 - 1998 Design Associate –Robert Scott/David Brooks ~Kellwood, Boston,MA • Traveled to Hong Kong for development and Europe for trend • Spec and graph novelty sweaters on CAD • Liaison between design and tech support 1995 - 1997 Design Associate –Robert Scott/David Brooks ~Kellwood, Boston,MA • Specs and artwork layouts • Daily communication with overseas and domestic agents 1993 - 1995 Manager/Associate Designer –Geoffrey B. Small, GBS Corp,Boston,MA • Designed for Ready To Wear line • Oversaw production and delivery of line: managing internal staff of 6 as well as outside contractors; sourcing; tailoring; quality control; communicating with overseas and domestic accounts; shipping; inventory control • Traveled to Paris to work runway presentation of Fall/Winter 1995 • Sold line to international accounts in both Paris and Boston ---------------------------------------------------------------- EDUCATION 1989 - 1993 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI • BFA in Apparel Design • Independent study in photography, Paris, France fall 2000 Brown Learning Community, Providence, RI • Adobe Photoshop winter 2001 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI • Macromedia Flash • Macromedia Dreamweaver ------------------------------------------------------------------- MISCELLANEOUS • Mac and PC proficient. Experience includes: Primavision, Point Carré Design, Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator, MS Excel, Flash, Dreamweaver, and more…. • Photography • Clothing retail and wholesale experience
Rhode Island School of Design