Aug 2019 - Aug 2020 (1 year)
Design and development of new rug collection. This is the first flat woven collection for Yerra Rugs (now Miksi Rugs) - to be launched soon. The goal: create a collection which is consistent with Yerra’s luxury quality while also reaching a broader audience through more daring design and material exploration. Primary fiber used is Alpaca. Woven in Peru
Jun 2011 - May 2020 (8 years 11 months)
Falcon & Wagen is a design studio with a focus in color/material design, strategic trend research, and textile design. Color design for footwear, textiles and interiors. Design of seasonal collection of prints, patterns and original artwork for apparel and home markets. Clients include: Hi-Tec Sports, West Elm, Valdese Weavers, Glen Raven Mills, Lowes, Baggallini, Darlington Fabrics, Carrboro Family Vision. Design and development of the Falcon & Wagen branded product Heirloom Blanket, a sustainable and locally made blanket.
Fall River, MA
Apr 2015 - Oct 2018 (3 years 6 months)
Design and development of luxury rug collections. Working from the ground up from conceptual stage to the finished product. Every aspect in the design and development of a rug collection was done by myself and my team - from the conceptual stage, design research, material sourcing and testing, color research and development, hand weaving, prototyping. Additionally during prototyping and sampling I would run the robo-tufter, jacquard and dobby looms as needed. I worked directly with craftsmen during the finishing stage. Communication with overseas vendors for dyeing and manufacturing needs. Travel to overseas mills/partners to assist in the manufacturing and review of prototypes. Assisted with marketing of new product and educated sales team on essential product details. Attending trade shows. In addition to creating collections I also designed custom rugs working directly with interior designers to create one-of-kind rugs manufactured at our U.S mill as well at overseas mills. Interior design clients included Jay Jeffers, Mark D. Sikes, Betty Wasserman, Joe Lucas to name a few.
Fall River, MA
Feb 2012 - Jan 2013 (11 months)
Worked closely with interior designers to create one-of-a kind woven and tufted rugs for residential and commercial clients. Creation of seasonal color palettes. R&D of new concepts and trends. New product development seasonally. Brand strategy. Print and Pattern design.
Rhode Island School of Design
Jan 2011 - Mar 2011 (2 months)
Textile screen-printing class: Instruction given in the fundamentals of Textile Screen-Printing as well discussion of new techniques and materials. focused on success of design as applied onto fabric, as well as how it could best function for interiors and/or apparel. Guidance given to individual students.
Jager Di Paola Kemp Design
Jan 2005 - Nov 2005 (10 months)
Freelance Production graphic design.