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I am a skilled print designer living in London and a Textiles Design graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and recently, Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts, London. I specialize in color, print and textiles with an interest in trend research. I have worked internationally at design houses in London, New York and Mumbai designing products and developing fabrics and prints for womenswear. I have proven ability to produce a collection of prints in line with the season trends and color palettes. I maintain consistent brand awareness with an eye for form, detail and picking up trends / patterns. I work well under pressure and am a team player with a can do attitude. I am currently looking for opportunities within trend research & forecasting. Please feel free to contact me with any creative enquiries. website: www.mallika-dalal.com
MA Textile Design Chelsea College of Arts London
Archived historic and contemporary print and fabric samples, helped curate pieces for shows and events, assisted students with research work involving fabrics, costumes or samples from the collection.
Photographed and sourced themed sets of patterned images weekly for Pattern Archive.
Aunterra began as a design house to work with and contemporize the artisan heritage crafts of India across a range of multimedia objects and accessories. Founded by myself and fellow partner, industrial designer Malvika Vaswani, our first collection, creating ethically-produced artisanal jewelry with various skilled craftsmen across India was a great success and won the Design Award at India Design Forum 2013 before it officially debuted. We worked with the lost technique of bidri (a process involving pure silver inlay surface patterning into a black metal base) and transformed the craft’s traditional decorative novelty usage into something functional while still retaining its original intentions: jewelry. We updated the surface patterns from ornate to clean, modern lines, using form and surface pattern to play off each other. In addition, we worked with textile hand-dyers and metalsmiths to fully develop each element of the collection. We conceptualized and designed the collection and then managed sampling, which included site visits across the country, production, sales and PR. The collection was exhibited at the AKAARO SS14 runway show at Wills India Fashion Week, at Vogue Fashion’s Night Out and at trunk shows in New York and India. It retailed at global online platforms and major concept stores in India and received much editorial press.
Completed administrative tasks, prepared press packets and mailings, designed show catalogue, updated the gallery database, wrapped and packaged artworks for shipment and storage, assisted with installation and de-installation of the gallery’s exhibitions and organized storage of works.
Worked on SS13 and AW13-14. Undertook visual research for AW13-14. Developed fabrics, finishes and color swatches with overseas mills. Monitored sampling and production. Created tech packs and line sheets. Organized fabrics and swatches for collection development and assisted with fabric research and archiving. Handled entire Fabric Research and Development department in NY solo for 2 weeks while the senior designer was out of town.
Co-managed print & fabric development of SS13 in-house Custom Line. Undertook trend and visual research, assisted with conceptualizing collection and created color palette for it. Created CADs and techical packs of artwork to send to overseas factories and and worked with these mills for sampling and production.. Additionally worked on prints and colorways for external customers such as Coach, Brooks Brothers, Van Heusen and Target.
Archived textiles, assisted with photoshoots, setting up exhibitions, conservation and preservation of textiles. Updated digital catalog and database.
Oversaw running of the CAD lab. Helped students with work on CAD programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & Ned Graphics, and monitored digital printing.
Created collection of flora and fauna prints for designer's upcoming India Circus line. Prints were in repeat and used on various products including ipad cases and mugs.
Prints and graphics development for SS12 collection. Designed motifs and layouts for prints. Sourced fabrics and trims, oversaw production quality and samples and designed press images and invites.
Assisted with set up and curation for weekly student exhibitions at the Woods-Gerry Gallery in Providence, RI.
Oversaw and troubleshooted single and double bed knitting machines. Helped students with knitting techniques and development.
Designed, developed and produced a line of limited edition graphic home textiles under Krsna Mehta for Good Earth stores in Mumbai and Delhi. Designed and colored artwork, sourced fabrics and trims, ran sampling, worked with hand and machine embroiderers and oversaw production.
Foundation and 3 year Textiles program featuring Knit, Weave & Print Design,
Collaboration between my own jewelry line and AKAARO for SS14 runway show at Wills India Fashion Week, Delhi.
Aunterra's debut jewelry collection was the winner of the 2013 Gold Award for Excellence in Design in the Fashion & Textiles category. The IDF award, given by India Design Forum in collaboration with Designboom, celebrates India