Freelance Textile Designer, Illustrator, and Graphic Artist
Feb 2019 - Present (2 years 8 months)
Working remotely, I assist clients with every element of artwork development for fashion product, from concepting to creation to factory-ready files. Current clients include Amazon Fashion, Sundance Catalog, and Cinq a Sept.
Art Manager - Girls Print & Pattern
The Children's Place
Feb 2015 - Feb 2019 (4 years)
Led the team that developed all print and pattern for big girl, toddler girl, and newborn ready-to-wear product, including textile prints for knits and wovens, knit repeats for sweaters, yarn-dyed woven plaid and stripes, and embroidery and embellishment placements.
Partnered with VP, Girls Design to curate the seasonal print selection for big and toddler girl, mixing original, purchased and vintage artwork to create a unique and cohesive assortment.
Using a variety of methods and media, created original artwork with a unique, youthful, and fresh point-of-view that resonated with the TCP customer.
Managed a team of three full-time artists as well as freelance staff; worked closely with cross-functional teams as a trusted collaborator.
Bed Bath & Beyond
Jul 2014 - Feb 2015 (7 months)
Worked with internal and external partners to develop private-label soft home product exclusive to Bed Bath & Beyond, with a focus on fashion-driven product for the Millennial customer. Directed design for print, color, fabrication and technique.
Brands and products included: the launch of Blink bedding, the launch of Kyle Schuneman for Studio 3B bedding, Anthology bedding, bath and window, Studio 3B bedding, and Real Simple bedding and window.
Freelance Print Designer
May 2014 - Jul 2014 (2 months)
Worked in-house to create and manipulate print artwork for Anthropologie women's apparel (knits and wovens).
Senior Print Designer - Knits, Basics and Accessories
Apr 2013 - May 2014 (1 year 1 month)
Led the UO Women's print team in the categories of knits, basics and accessories; managed a team of four designers, associates and assistants.
Worked with the Creative Director and Concept Director to determine seasonal print design direction.
Partnered with the Creative Director to lead and develop seasonal prints for UO Women's collection of five labels: BDG, Cooperative, Kimchi Blue, Silence + Noise and Ecote.
Led development of seasonally relevant prints for UO Women's basics tees and tanks program.
Worked directly with buyers on artwork for special programs: intimates, lounge, swimwear, leggings, accessories (scarves, bags and hair) and footwear.
Partnered with the Operations Director to pilot in-house graphic tee development for UO Women's, with orders for over 5000 units placed in the first month of development.
Senior Print Designer - NPG Print Studio
Nordstrom Product Group
Feb 2011 - Apr 2013 (2 years 2 months)
Helped lead the creation of the NPG Print Studio with the purpose of leveraging artistic talent across all Nordstrom exclusive labels.
Working with Design Directors across every NPG womenswear and kidswear brand category; created original artwork for a wide variety of textile and fashion applications.
Developed original artwork using a variety of methods, from traditional media (paint, pastel, pencil) to digital applications, including Adobe Creative Suite and NedGraphics.
Senior Print Designer - Trend Division
Nordstrom Product Group
Nov 2008 - Mar 2011 (2 years 4 months)
Headed the print design department for Nordstrom Product Group's Trend division, encompassing the BP and TBD departments.
Through extensive trend research, determined all print and color direction for BP exclusive labels: Frenchi, Susina, Rubbish and BP.
Each season, created trend-right, customer-focused color palettes for all BP exclusive labels.
Develops all original artwork for BP exclusive labels, including repeat prints, sweaters, woven plaids and stripes, and screen prints.
Managed and mentored two assistants; provided guidance on daily communication with vendors and manufacturers to perfect product development.
Red Ape Design
2006 - 2009 (3 years)
Freelance illustration and design for apparel, surface, and textiles, as well as editorial and print illustration. Clients included REI, Target, The Children's Place, Hanes Brands, JC Penney, and Getty Images.
Aug 2006 - Nov 2008 (2 years 3 months)
Created original artwork for a variety of apparel lines, including girls and womens screened and embroidered tees and sleepwear, and boys and juniors screened tees. Researched screen print trends and translated them into saleable designs for mass-market retailers such as Walmart and Kmart. Demonstrated a variety of illustrative styles.
Washington Shoe Company
May 2005 - Jul 2006 (1 year 2 months)
Determined art and design direction for all WSC brands of footwear, including the Western Chief Kids line of children’s rainwear and accessories. Spearheaded the relaunch of the Chooka brand as a highly successful line of women’s fashion rainboots. Redesigned all catalogs, packaging, and advertisements for national publications. Communicated daily with overseas factories to develop new samples and approve production.
Nordstrom Product Group
Mar 2004 - May 2005 (1 year 2 months)
Solely responsible for creating all necessary screen prints, textile designs and embellishments for Nordstrom's exclusive line of boys’ sportswear, Pine Peak Blues. Led the kidswear CAD art team in the creation of all art for children’s sleepwear. Approved all boys and sleepwear production art for color and layout. Communicated daily with overseas vendors to ensure quality and develop new apparel embellishments.
Art Director/Apparel Graphic Artist
Jun 2000 - Mar 2004 (3 years 9 months)
Using Illustrator, Photoshop, and traditional methods, produced screen print graphics, textile designs, and special embellishments for juniors’, girls’ and women’s sportswear and sleepwear. Clients included Wal-Mart, Target and Kmart. Directed and instructed in-house artists as well as freelance designers to insure a cohesive design ideal was achieved. Additional responsibilities included extensive trend researching and communicating with outside suppliers.