Creative & hard-working designer based in Winchester, UK with a varied background including stationery & textiles design, printmaking, illustration and social media content creation.Locked Pro Plan feature
In my current role as fashion & textiles technician, my remit includes: running practical workshops on specialist techniques (screen-printing, dyeing, pattern cutting, garment construction, handweaving, machine knitting, Photoshop/Illustrator, etc...) for Level 3 Extended Diploma and pre-degree Foundation students (and previously BA students) within the fashion, textile & printmaking studios; organising on and off-site exhibitions of student work throughout the year; assisting with activities and displays for applicant evenings, open days and school visits; preparing handouts and samples of specialist techniques and materials; designing and producing promotional materials such as newsletters, posters, brochures, badges, stickers and laser cut keyrings to market courses and workshops and promoting the work of our students on social media; maintaining the studios (printmaking/dye/knit/weave/fashion studios), ordering supplies and preparing studios and materials for lessons; repairing and maintaining textile & fashion equipment (knitting machines, sewing machines, looms, printmaking equipment, etc); inducting students on the safe use of machinery and processes; keeping accurate records of inductions, COSHH, PUWER, and risk assessments; covering lessons when lecturers are ill or unavailable; accompanying students and tutors on study trips; completing mandatory training including Safeguarding, Prevent, and Health and Safety as well as First Aid training; and participating in weekly departmental meetings and regular PDRs. Throughout my tenure I have been continuously upgrading my skillset to include new processes including laser cutting and digital embroidery software, large format printing, 3-D printing, as well as improving my existing skills with industrial Dubied knitting machines, mechanical Dobby floor looms, pattern cutting, and Adobe software.
I founded O What A Feeling in 2015 after completing my MA in Textile Design and desiring a return to professional creative practice. Based at Yard Studios in Winchester, O What A Feeling is a design studio specialising in stationery, giftware and surface pattern design, retailing both directly to consumers (Etsy and Thortful) as well as wholesaling to various retailers worldwide and selling surface patterns online through Patternbank. As founder and designer, my duties include: product design using both traditional and digital artmaking techniques; product photography; trend research; maintaining & organising a tidy studio space; keeping accurate records of inventory and supplies; accounting & bookkeeping; liaising with suppliers; updating website and social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, monthly MailChimp newsletters and competitions); customer service; packing & posting orders; working under pressure to design, manufacture and ship orders within tight deadlines; updating line sheets and designing seasonal wholesale catalogues; continuously upgrading my skills to incorporate innovative new techniques and technologies, with respect to both product design and marketing; and participating in annual Hampshire Open Studios weekends at The Yard.
As a sessional printed textiles & CAD lecturer on the BA Fashion for Textiles course at BCoT (validated by the University of Winchester) from 02/2016 to 07/2017 my duties included: teaching learning and assessment, developing lesson plans and schemes of learning; designing handouts relevant to the curriculum (dyeing & printing techniques, and Photoshop/Illustrator skills relevant to fashion & textiles, digital embroidery, laser cutting, trend forecasting and mood/presentation board design); maintaining accurate and timely electronic registers of student attendance; continuously upgrading my skillset (especially concerning digital technology and marketing) to enhance the curriculum; organising the annual end-of-year fashion show and exhibition; promoting and marketing the course on social media and open days; ensuring a high quality student experience in line with departmental and university-level framework; actively participating in departmental meetings as well as meetings with our awarding body and external moderators. During this time I also completed all mandatory training including Safeguarding, Prevent, and general health & safety training as well as completing a Level 3 Award in Education & Training (PTLLS). In my role as sessional printmaking lecturer for our 10-week evening courses (04/2018 - 12/2019) my responsibilities included: teaching a variety of printmaking techniques (screen-printing, drypoint, metal etching, lino & block-printing, collagraphy, monoprinting, heat press printing); preparation of lesson plans and schemes of learning and continuously updating and tailoring them to student needs and differences in learning styles; designing hand-outs for the various techniques covered; maintaining accurate and timely electronic registers of student attendance; marketing the course and showcasing student work on social media; and preparing and mounting student work for the end of year exhibition as an opportunity to promote our short courses to the public.
My responsibilities included: liaising with suppliers and manufacturers; ordering samples; customising designs according to seasonal trends and brand strategy; managing supplier accounts; creating costing spreadsheets; raising purchase orders; stock control; purchase invoice matching; designing and printing signage for the Kings Road Homestore; telephone reception; responding to emails and general office administration duties; and helping organise special activities and workshops with the public
During this one-month internship my duties included: re-interpreting Zandra's existing designs for a charity sculpture of Shaun the Sheep in support of Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation; assisting with the design for a tapestry installation for Mumbai International Airport; transferring Zandra's textile designs by hand and to scale into her fashion illustrations for her Style Bible; assisting with screen-printing; organising and repairing samples from the latest fashion collection and packing accessories in preparation for Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week; running errands to digital print bureaus and milliners.
During this one-month internship my duties included: helping with the day-to-day running of the studio; creating textile swatches for the fashion market using traditional methods (painting with thickened dye, screen-printing, tie-dyeing, Shibori, etc...) as well as using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create digital designs and put designs into repeat; steaming, washing, trimming and mounting swatches; organising swatches in preparation for trade shows and visits from textile buyers; digitising swatches for archival purposes.
Successfully completed textile internship in Guatemala with Oxlajuj B’atz' (Thirteen Threads), a non-profit indigenous women’s empowerment and education organisation. Responsibilities included: teaching workshops on colour theory, product design and craft skills to rural women's groups throughout Guatemala; developing and photographing products created by the 20+ women's cooperatives supported by Thirteen Threads; designing a catalogue to advertise the products made by the various cooperatives; assisting in the organisation's fair-trade shop in Panajachel creating displays and helping customers; and writing newsletter articles to highlight the work of the organisation.
Responsibilities included: designing and creating handwoven, hand-knit and machine knit accessories, designing knitting patterns and assembling hand-knitting kits; dyeing luxury multicoloured yarns for hand-knitters; ensuring sustainable and ethical production and practices within the business; designing labels and packaging; visual merchandising; updating website and social media accounts; ordering supplies and merchandise for shop; customer service; telephone reception; responding to customer and supplier emails; pricing, accounting and bookkeeping.
Graduated with 3.85 GPA (Equivalent to UK First Class degree)