Assistant Print Designer
October 2013 — Present
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"They laugh at 9-5 little prisons...They are mobile like the wind, they belong to the nations. They need no passport.. People write their addresses in pencil and wonder at their strange existence. They are free yet they are slaves of the hurting and dirty and dying. What is the vision ? The vision is holiness that hurts the eyes...It gave up the...
On a path to balancing my passions: textile design, various work in the developing world, and bringing awareness of women's needs globally to a mass market audience. My hope is that by making consumers, as well as fellow designers, aware of who is producing our clothes/accessories we all begin to make purchases that support ethical practices tha...
To style, design, color and merchandise the beach, swim and scarf lines from conceptual stage through to and including correction of strike-offs. Responsibilities include:
Work with the Design Director & Creative Director to establish concepts, color and product direction for each season for good and better part of the line for scarves, wraps, and novelties.
Select designs to support merchandising plan within each concept.
Present completed artwork (including original art, layout, and colorways) to Design Director and Creative Director for final approval.
Prepare all designs (color, engraving, and fabric instructions) to send to mill.
Present good, better portions of line during market to sales-educating the sales team about the design process for the season, the design details, fabrications, and finishing of the line.
Reported to the VP of Design. Responsible for original layouts: placed prints & all over piece goods for scarves. In addition to creating scarves for licensed brands, worked to develop collections for private label customers. Communicated & developed styles with factories in China and India; presented upcoming print trends; and maintained current print development books.
Designed women’s apparel and handbag fabrics. Presented each season’s color trends and new product designs. Oversaw design and textile development from sampling through to production. Collaborated with cooperatives to create one of kind woven, knit and dyed fabrics. Managed Artisans sewing handbags and apparel. Sourced wax cloth (kitenge) fabrics in the local markets as well as worked with local manufacturers to print yardage. Other responsibilities included: creating tech packs, training Artisans to sew new designs, and helping production do quality checks on finished goods ready for shipment.
Trained adults in local townships to become self-sufficient through sustainable business and skills training: sewing, fabric printing and jewelry making. Updated media and social networking sites, fundraised/marketed for South African and US donors, assisted entrepreneur classes and presentations, and trained staff for management positions.
Created all repeating/engineered prints from original and purchased artwork, communicated with mills, designed layouts for trims and embellishments. Worked with design and production teams to ensure quality from sample yardage through to bulk.
Collaborated with both Missy and Contemporary divisions to create printed fabrics. Designed repeating and engineered prints. Maintained receiving/main fabric books as well as keeping print charts updated.