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Highly creative and prolific product designer who has worked in fourteen countries developing crafts, home accessories, seasonal décor, gifts, novelties, textiles, fashion accessories, toys, and furniture. Successfully introduced on-trend products in different markets for importers and retailers. High quality and detailed work efficiently meeting design and production challenges. EXPERTISE Product Design Hand Illustration and Artwork Packaging and Graphic Design Trends Research Material Development (Naturals) Trade Fair and Booth Design International Vendor Sourcing Small Enterprise Development Computer Software: Photoshop, CorelDraw, Illustrator, 3D Studio Max Handcrafting Skills: Handpainting and finishing, paper making, molding and casting, resin lamination, basic sculpting
Warmers and Home Accents
Developed home fragrance warmers, diffusers, and accessories made of ceramics, metal, wire, glass, and resin. Executed design decision details from colors, finish, patterns, materials, construction, and seasonal themes in conjunction with brand, trends, and manufacturing requirements. Gave input in sample development and assisted in international vendor sourcing and coordination. Undertaken conceptualization to finished product with vendor-ready design specifications in three and two-dimensions using 3D Studio Max, Coreldraw, Photoshop, Illustrator, hand illustrations, and 3D printed models.
Contract designer on a per project basis. Products covered: corporate premiums (for a leading consumer goods company), seasonal decorations (for a US wholesaler and manufacturer), and gifts and housewares (for a design consultancy company).
Successful and award-winning designs of home decors and accessories, furniture, gifts, fashion accessories and seasonal decors bought by major US, European, and Asian retailers such as Pier 1, Target, Crate and Barrel, and Body Shop. Liaised with factory owners in Asia and buyers for product development and sourcing.
Brainchild of bamboo-based snacks and candies that won the Grand Prize in the Shanghai 2010 World Expo. Established Filbamboo Exponents, Inc. which manufactured the winning products and expanded the line to coffee, pastries, and various native delicacies for the local market.
Product development for gifts, decorative accessories, tabletops, and seasonal decors using recycled paper pulp, wire, polyresin, and various natural materials. Buyers include Raeder Wohnzubehoer, Drescher Gmbh, Artfleur, Haymann Kollektionen, Gisela Graham, Target, Crate and Barrel, Hobby Lobby, Pier 1, Myer, and Mindart.
Spearheaded product development projects, entrepreneurship and skills trainings which commercially benefited more that 20 companies in nine countries in Asia. Developed competitiveness of companies to successfully penetrate mainstream markets in the US and Europe.
Responsible for design development, costing, exhibition design and set-up in European fairs (Frankfurt, Cologne, Birmingham). Visited vendors to check samples and production in the Philippines, India, and Sri Lanka. Diversified product lines resulting in increased sales to the floral, hobby, and garden sectors in Germany and the United Kingdom to retailers such as IKEA and Body Shop.
Completed an Advanced Training Program in Industrial Design under a scholarship grant from the Cari Duisberg Gesellschaft, e.V. in Germany. Course covered 15-months of design skills development, projects, seminars and workshops, visits to trade fairs, buyers, design studios, museums, and a 2-month practicum with two German manufacturers: Behr Moebel and Ursula Maier Werkstaetten.