I like to look at things and redesign them in my mind. A shirt, a shower curtain, a pillow, a watch, a dog collar, a rug, a sock, a set of placemats, a quilt, whatever. Maybe a single color needs to be a touch more vivid or subtle.
I am fortunate to do this for a living. My passion is in surface design – the print, the stripe, the plaid, the button - the decorative aspect of any product. In recent years I have been working this way at P&B Textiles, functioning as an art director for fabrics that are primarily used for quilting, although the buttery 100% cotton has and can be used for so many other products. I also design my own prints to round out fabric collections. It’s exciting, it’s challenging, and most of all, it’s fun!
Developed multiple collections of original block prints for pillows made in India and a coordinate collection of stripes woven in Peru.
• Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn Bed and Bath
In-house Quilt Design: digital artwork for textile design for quilts: Scanning, image manipulation, repeats, digital color matching ScotDic and Pantone swatches to seasonal palette, colorway development, coordination of print and yarn dye collections, factory mill sheets. Intricate digital texture development such as batik effects. Work with in-house creative team.
• Pottery Barn Kids
In-house layette, rug and curtain design; color development; work closely with designers and merchandisers.
• Little Levi Boy San Francisco
Assistant Designer and Technical Illustrator for Little Levi Boy. Team environment meeting ongoing deadlines. Product sketches for storyboards and presentation boards.
• Surface/textile design for Old Navy, The Gap, Macy's, Mervyn's CA, Sear's, Esprit Kids, ElsaL, Target, Gymboree, Cost Plus, pet accessory design for multiple companies (total fun), and much more.
Photoshop, Illustrator / X platform
• Photoshop and Illustrator classes at BAVC (Bay Area Video Coalition)
• Koledo Training (replacing U4ia, a textile design software)
• American Graphics Institute, San Francisco Training workshop in PhotoShop and Graphic Optimization for the Web
• Center for Electronic Art, San Francisco: Digital andWeb Design Certification January 2001
• Academy of Art, San Francisco: Computer Arts
• Textile Design, Parsons School of Design, New York
• State University of New York at Buffalo: BFA Magna cum Laude, Fine Art/Printmaking
• Painting major at the High School of Music and Art, New York
I only fell once.
My design and color sense are grounded in a traditional fine art background (painting and printmaking); initially I did all textile design by hand (using gouache and dyes) for menswear, womenswear, baby, kids, home and accessories (such as sock and scarf design). In 2001 I knew I needed to get some digital skills going, so I returned to school and received a certification in digital/web design. I graduated, did some creative and fun site design, but my heart remained in textile and surface design. I decided to combine my fine art background and years of textile design work with my newly acquired digital skills. Since then, I have been honing in and fine tuning these skills. I love what I do.
• P&B Textiles
From 2003 to 2015 I worked with the design team at P&B Textiles, a major fabric manufacturer who designs and produces 100% cotton fabric for the home quilter. P&B offers a wide range of looks from traditional to contemporary for independent quilt shops around the world. Due to the large amount of product and the vast range of looks, we constantly seeked and developed print collections with dozens of artists (including quilters, fine art painters, ceramicists, illustrators, and certainly textile designers) with whom we collaborated to create truly beautiful fabrics. I was highly involved in these collaborations. The creative team included the VP of Product Development, sales people, trading companies, mills, and print and swatch studios. Virtually all of my work was done digitally. In addition to doing technical work myself, I guided and directed textile artists with the goal of retaining the fundamental look and feel of the original art on fabric. This might have included interpreting a watercolor painting into a collection of main and coordinating prints, or designing a series of small low contrast tonal "blender" prints for quilters to work with, or scanning antique swatches and then tweaking them as needed to produce a stunning repro collection. I attended International Quilt Market with the P&B team where we displayed our newest collections and shopped Printsource and Surtex. Please contact me if you wish to know which P&B collections I worked on, or would like to learn more about what I do. See examples at the P&B site as well as the Quilt Fabric section of this site.
• Guest Textile Designer
Guest consultant for Patternobserver.com textile design program and for fashion curriculum at El Camino College in Torrance, California.
• Lewis & Lee
Co-owned Lewis & Lee, an infant and childrenswear manufacturer. Designed, merchandised, produced, marketed, sold and shipped product. Development of print, garment, branding, display and advertising design; oversaw factory, sales reps, displayed at The International Childrenswear Show at the Javits, and did so many more things as the co-owner of a small company!
Designer for all divisions including print, appliqué, embroidery, woven, knit, sock, scarf, and belt design.
Creative director for Spumoni, heading up creative team for San Francisco based apparel company (Toddler thru 14 girl). Conceptualized graphic themes and directed in-house and freelance CAD and traditional freelance artists from concept to finished product for whimsical line (ages 4 to 12) of junior sportswear company. Traveled to Japan for inspiration, market research and New York for Printsource and Surtex.
I am a consultant who focuses on a company’s custom textile design. As an art director and designer in the quilt fabric industry for the past 14 years, I am highly proficient in suggesting and presenting ideas that are a natural fit for a company’s identity. Every day I search for and identify talent that can lend itself to be a potentially beautiful and highly saleable fabric collection. My hard drive is constantly updated and refreshed with these ideas.
I enjoy working with creative teams and artists, and understand the basic structure and needs of the quilter in order to create a cohesive fabric collection. Hand in hand with a creative team, I can take the seed of an idea and evolve it into final perfect mill ready artwork including technical work (repeats and separations), strong color development, mill correspondence and strike off correction. Similarly I love developing original artwork per the direction of a creative director, taking a print and massaging it into a full on collection with coordinates that have the right balance of scale and value.
Need a strong basics/blender collection? Developing basics, the bread and butter of the quilting world, is instinctive to me having worked extensively on the P&B Essentials and Basics collections. There are too many basics out there that do not really function as basics.