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I am a creative, self-motivated designer with over 6 years working in the textiles Industry. I thrive on new challenges and love taking on new skills. Collaborative environments inspire me and I am always a creative and energetic member of any team. I have strong organisational skills and enjoy planning, making lists and strategies and following these through to execution. My keen eye for detail has been a vital skill in all of the roles which I have filled. As a designer I am always hoping to develop, progress, push myself and take on new experiences and challenges.
Taking studio bought or customer artwork and transforming it from concept to something which can be mass-produced for the high street. I am in charge of all of the design work for Precis but I also produce work for other customers including Phase Eight, Marks & Spencer and the Jaques Vert group. ROLE • Assisting on buying artwork for company collection • Scanning in and piecing together artwork • Colour reducing customer and studio bought artwork for screen printing • Cleaning artwork using Nedgraphics • Repeat work – digital repeats, screen repeats, half drop repeats, rotary repeats, placement work, double and single border designs. • Creating work from scratch based on catwalk inspiration or customer inspiration • Discussing and advising Precis on prints • Colour matching – matching pantones or customer colours on paper and a variety of fabrics. • Colouring company range designs. • Working with garment designers to work out print placements and layouts • Sending, checking and approving strike offs from mills. ACHIEVEMENTS • Becoming the dedicated designer on the Precis account has led to an improved relationship with the brand and better sales. • I have created new sales by providing my customers with regular options for seasonal rebuys. • I aim to continually inspire my customers by regularly showing them inspirational pieces from the catwalk and high street. • I have created seasonal capsule collections designed specifically for my customers which has improved interest in new prints, shapes and base fabrics. • Creating new designs from scratch has led to the company increasing orders. • Trialling and testing garment shapes in house has led to multiple garment styles being bought in the same print which has increased company profit. • Redesigning and modernising the company’s extensive archives has led to increased interest and sales in America.
It was a great opportunity to be asked to work with the 3rd year students at the ECA on a commerical design project. I was able to talk to them about print design and working for a supplier to the ladieswear highstreet. It was interesting to put a commerical eye to their work and answer their questions about the Industry and about the reality of life after Uni.
• Working on studio produced artwork using AVA software • Building textures • Putting designs into repeat – half drop, straight, all over • Colour matching • Designing to client briefs • Getting designs ready for engraving • Producing room renders of wallpapers for website • Discussing engraving with mills and observing production in house
BA Hons - 1st Class Degree, Textiles (weave specialism) Prizes Worshipful Company of Weavers gradate placement scheme 2010 Incorporation of Weavers Innovation prize 2009 Gillian Purvis award 2009 Worshipful Company of Weavers Sponsorship 2008/9
Graduate Placement Scheme - Company sponsorphip
Incorporation of Weavers Innovation prize 2009 Gillian Purvis award 2009 Worshipful Company of Weavers Sponsorship 2008/9