Passionated Textile Designer adept at managing heavy workloads while focusing on designing creative, visually-appealing graphics and pattern prints. Results-oriented Illustrator skilled at delivering manual and computer illustrations from concept through revision cycles. Self-directed, motivated, and results-driven manager with leadership, communication, and project management skills. Known for exhibiting a disciplined and analytical approach to identifying and resolving problems and fulfilling responsibilities in a manner that reflects high professional standards. Confident, and proactive---able to excel in a fast-paced environment requiring initiative, sound judgment, and a positive attitude.
Improved screen-printing development speed, innovation, quality, and communication with overseas vendors by helping to build a training program specific to familiarization of screen-printing techniques, consistent terminology, and artwork creation techniques. Reduced number samples developed: offered a better quality starting point to vendor partners: shortened fashion lead times by implementing quicker design engineering and complete production packs to develop a better product..
Worked with The Legal Department to install a system that enabled designers to check their graphics against competitors' to ensure that no trademarks and/or copyrights were violated.
Made great steps in understanding cost for various graphic techniques before sampling. By acquiring information from research and development projects, technique/supply/embellishment books and better communications with vendor partners, our company was able to closely adhered to target pricing. Also through my experience from research and development project it had became easier to suggest contingency plans to take in case of cost or fabric issues.
Established a library of strike-offs/reference books for new ideas and technique for future department use. When samples were received I made comments and even made solutions from knowledge acquired from my past printing experience: to get the samples to the level we want it. We expanded this library to include new research / development ideas and printing techniques. This process helped our team stay ahead of each season trends with new techniques, viewed and tested.
Freelance artist created graphics and pattern designs for merchandising, textile and screen printing companies.
Researched, developed, and led print/pattern graphics to ensure creative, trend-correct textile designs. Developed and implemented pattern flow by delivery date to ensure cohesive, progressive merchandise statements. Managed and coordinated workload by determining and assigning private brand projects and supervising freelance employees.
Conceptualized and produced graphic screen prints for boys and girls(7-14) specializing in Hip-Hop brands such as: Baby Phat, Phat Farm, Apple Bottoms, Enyce, and Akademiks. Researched, developed, and directed print/pattern graphics to ensure creative, trend and brand correct textile designs. Created and implemented pattern flow; managed and coordinated workload by determining and assigning private brand projects and utilizing freelance assistance.
Designed graphic screen prints, including vintage designs and humorous characters, for girls (7-14) and women's segment.
Designed graphics and allover prints for girls (7-14) Hip Hop market.
Designed graphics for womens casual market.
Managed a staff of 25 people including artists, color separators, printers, screen makers and packers.
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