2003 - Present (18 years)
•Produced compelling graphic design solutions, illustrations, and textile/surface designs for a variety of clients.
•Built successful relationships with clients to meet both graphic design and illustration needs.
•Collaborated with apparel product development teams to create and produce graphics and textiles for apparel lines.
•Designs retailed by Nordstrom, L. L. Bean, Gymboree, Tommy Bahama, A. Tiziano, Polar Graphics, and Crazy Shirts.
May 2015 - Jun 2019 (4 years 1 month)
•Designed display advertisments for multiple phone directory books distributed in four states.
•Collaborated with design team to ensure any customer changes or updates are completed by printer deadline.
•Worked with sales department to create new spec ads and up-specs of exisiting ads for increased sales.
•Created new websites for new and existing customers.
Art Department Coordinator (Lead Artist 2003-2009)
Feb 2003 - Oct 2013 (10 years 8 months)
•Coordinated and finalized projects with art department and designers.
•Increased product sales by thoroughly researching and interpreting current trends for major apparel companies.
•Consistently produced top sales products in the mass and mid-tier apparel markets.
•Art Directed and oversaw training of new in-house artists and coordinated projects with freelance designers.
•Administered and coordinated import sampling paperwork, print details, and overseas communication.
•Created original art for screen prints, rotaries, embroideries, and other embellishments for a broad spectrum of clients.
•Oversaw graphic design projects which included logos, hang tags, buyer look books, and product linesheets.
•Worked with multiple licensed products, including Disney, Sanrio, and Paul Frank Industries.
•Design retailers included Walmart, Kmart, Target, Macy's, Kohls, Meijer, Peebles, and The Children's Place.
Jun 1999 - Jan 2003 (3 years 7 months)
•Developed original textile designs and apparel graphics for boys apparel and girls sleepwear.
•Increased sales by updating product art for better appeal to customer wants and needs.
•Coordinated with merchandisers, fashion designers, production planners, and trend forecasting team to develop high-end apparel design for the Nordstrom private label.
•Researched and shopped customer market and reported on current market trends with design team.
•Worked with NedGraphics software developing art, colorways, and repeats in printed, knit, and woven patterns.
•Approved art strike-offs and fabrication lab dips and worked with manufacturers to ensure product quality.
•Created buyer catalogues, presentation boards, and assisted in buy meetings.
Jan 1995 - May 1999 (4 years 4 months)
•Produced original concepts and designs for boys and girls sportswear.
•Incorporated traditional Disney and Warner Bros. licensed characters into current trends and new art technique styles.
•Managed approval process including close working relationship with licensors to meet quality expectations.
•Set up production files for film output.
•Designs retailed by JC Penney, Sears, Walmart, and Kmart.