Owner / Jewelry Designer & Instructor
Apr 2013 - Present (8 years 1 month)
Proprientor of a handmade jewelry business operating online and locally in a commercial art studio. Operating all facets of the business including jewelry production, class instruction, photography, web design, social media, marketing and administration.
About Wood Merkaba:
We combine our expertise in sourcing ethical materials, ancient metal arts and rarefied gemstone discipline into every design. When you are wearing a piece of Wood Merkaba jewelry, you are amplifying a positive element in yourself that will radiate into your life. We host jewelry classes where you can create remarkable art with intention.
Automotive Color & Trim Designer
Jun 2011 - Dec 2013 (2 years 6 months)
Worked on projects within various consumer segments ranging from millennials to mature family buyers. Experimented with new materials and methods of interior and exterior surfacing.
Millinery & Handmade Craft Cooperative
The French Room
2012 - 2012
Cofounded a craft cooperative in Atwater Village, CA focusing on French Room method millinery (or couture hat making) and provided a space to teach in the Los Angeles area.
Color and Materials Design Consultant
Jan 2010 - Jun 2011 (1 year 5 months)
Created countless finishing possibilities inspired by ethnographic research experiences associated with trendsetters across the United States. Aligned with global road maps and manufacturing in Asia to bring product to market.
Jun 2008 - Jan 2010 (1 year 7 months)
Led brand strategy discussions from a product finishing perspective focusing on surface perception and user experience. Continually conducted trend reports catered to each global brand aligned with evolving material technology road map.
May 2007 - Dec 2007 (7 months)
Created trend and benchmarking reports catered to North American brands. Developed and cataloged a digital material library system.
Student Exhibit Designer
Purdue Agricultural Communications
Jun 2006 - May 2007 (11 months)
Purdue AgComm Exhibit Center: https://ag.purdue.edu/agcomm/Pages/ExhibitCenter.aspx
Worked on "The Bone Zone" and "Genomics Explorer" which both debuted at the Indiana State Fair and are now traveling the world! (Design, Fabrication and Installation)
Traveling Exhibits: https://ag.purdue.edu/agcomm/Pages/EDCcurrent.aspx
Genomics Explorer: http://genomicsexplorer.com/