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Fashion and Textile Designer

Greater London, England, United Kingdom
August 15, 2018

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I am a highly motivated, committed and passionate designer with several years of experience in the industry for bought high street and couture. I have strong feminine handwriting and flair for design, with a thorough attention to detail. I design Ladieswear multi-product seasonal collections and textile prints for fashion and décor/screen & digital printing/weaving/felt/embroidery/knits. Through inspiration and concept/trend and market research/mood/color/ fabric boards/hand drawn mix media/watercolor & CAD illustrations I deliver entire ranges by proving my creative, visionary design skills and organization design processes. I demonstrate excellent communication skills ensuring the smooth development of a design project, from creative research through to sample and production while maintaining an understanding of cost. With an ability to multi task, work under pressure, set up processes and follow a critical path ensuring deadlines are met. Extensive experience in hand drafting, creative pattern cutting, stand draping, fabric manipulation. In addition, I operate flat sewing industrial machine and overlock. I also make or directly instruct machinist for first sample toil and final production sample sewing. I have significant experience in knit fabric and swatch design with single/double bed machines/M1 operating program/hand knit. I worked with STOLL CMS330-6/CMS31 operating system for fabric and garment construction - fully fashioned/cut and sew Professional work experience London/UK

05/2011 – present, Freelance Commission Textile Design for Surface Pattern market place/Contrado UK/ART Rookie/ Case/Spoonflower-USA I create pattern design collections suitable for Fashion and Décor products, variety of surfaces, fabrics, stationery. Print Design for multi-product surfaces, including fabrics, stationery, home and fashion. The original artwork is coordinated and proportionally balanced according to the specific surface. Design process includes inspiration development, hand watercolor painting and CAD Illustrator and Photoshop editing, creating colorways, designing in repeat and frame composition

11/2017 – 03/2018, Ladieswear Product Developer at SUCO Fashion

• Ladies wear multi-product seasonal collection development /overseeing production and confer with overseas manufactories. Work closely with director to ensure all styles have the correct fabrication and trimmings, finishing details and accurate patterns created to the design technical requirements and highest standard Creating first flat pattern and altering existing once for simple and complex designs

• Attending fitting sessions throughout the collection development and altering designs to the highest standards / Sewing first sample toiles, and providing new suggestions and creative ideas for how products can be developed or improved

06/2016 - 11/2017 - Maternity leave

03/2012 – 06/2016, Ladieswear design/Creative Pattern Cutter and Manage Products at Tara Starlet

• Manage design schedule to meet deadlines, ensuring team has sufficient time to complete work, ensure all accurate patterns are created to the design technical requirements. Ladies wear multi-product seasonal collection development /overseeing production. Creating first flat pattern for simple and complex designs, production grading

• Preparing specification sheets with construction flats and product description, ensuring the lay plan for each pattern fits in the most cost-effective way. Attending all fitting sessions throughout the collection development and altering designs to the highest standards. Sewing first sample toiles, and providing new suggestions and creative ideas for how products can be developed or improved

01/2012 – 07/2014, Head Ladies Designer at Sunbond Ltd. -"Sonic London"

• High street casual and evening wear design/dress & soft separates seasonal multi-product collections

• Liaise with manufacturers and fabric suppliers, fabrics and trims sourcing

• Undertook trend and market research and shop reports

• Communicated closely with local and overseas buyers. Consistently met cost expectations and client requirements. Overseeing production manufacturing, including QC

• Garment creation from illustration to production with first hand draft pattern, stand draping, production grading sample sewing, hand finish techniques, fittings

• Specification sheet packs with product description for manufacturing needs

06/2011 – 01/2012, Ladies wear Designer at Golden Touch

• Ladies wear woven/jersey design/casual/evening wear/soft separates & dresses

• Assist Director with trend/color/market research/trim finishing and fabric sourcing

• Develop products from illustration to completion

• Machine sewing, fittings and alterations, production pattern grading 2009 – 2016 Further Previous Experience

London UK

Misstique London/Feebe Ltd - Feebie Fashion/FAN New Trimmings Ltd/Anasazi Fashion – Ladies wear Designer / Christos Aristotelous/“Story Collection”- Childrens wear design assistant / Elise Ryan – Creative Pattern Cutter / Alesia Rolik – Ladies wear pattern construction/ Duchelina Dove - Design assistant / collaborator " – Urban Vs Retro" Fashion Show backstage assistant/Bolli Daring - Fashion Illustrator San Francisco USA

Christina Cundari/GiGi Moll – Ladies wear Knitwear design assistant / Sabah Mansoor/ Maria Korovilas – Ladies Fashion/ Couture and Knitwear design assistant for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NY Fall 2010/Spring 2011 Cera Hensley – Fashion Stylist “The Moon Scene”


08/2011 Urban Vs Retro Fashion Show (London, UK) collaboration with Duchelina Dove 09/2009 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (NY, USA) - Spring/Summer 2010 fashion show 05/2008 Discarded to Divine/St.Vincent de Paul Society - charity fashion show & auction


2006 – 2009 Academy of Art University/San Francisco, USA MA - Fashion and Knitwear Design 2005 – 2006 National Academy of Arts /Sofia, Bulgaria MA - Applied Art Faculty – Textile Art and Design 2001- 2005 National Academy of Arts/Sofia Bulgaria BA, Applied Art Faculty – Textile Art and Design 03/2002- 07/2002 South Carelia Polytechnic University Diploma in Applied Art – Textile Art and Design

/ Lappeentanta, Finland

1996 – 2001 “Saint Luca” National Gymnasiums for Applied Arts/Sofia Bulgaria - Textile Design Diploma Awards/Competitions/Participations

04/2011 Swarovski Gems Lifestyle Electronics Design “Freely created designs” & Design 02/2006



"Dinev" competition - first prize winner - art installation “The Paper Speaks” Central European Art Festival – Tokay Hungary

"Erasmus Socrates" scholarship winner – Lappeenranta, Finland 1999-present More than 33 exhibition participations across Europe, USA/written several magazine publications/ art and design work on display in galleries and private collections/ numerous press coverage in fashion and textile magazines, books, social media

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