Product designer with a strong focus on textiles, lighting and material development

Progressive experience in product design, consulting and material development, specializing in lighting and textiles-based projects.
Demonstrated teamwork and leadership by co-organizing platforms to promote local manufacturing and instituting a national museum’s first accreditation process
Honed an innovative approach to material development, designing soft toys that require no sewing or adhesive and co-designing chairs made solely from cotton and resin.
 

EDUCATION

Parsons School of Design : MFA in Industrial Design (2018) New York City, NY. 

Select Coursework: Local Production, International Production, Problem Framing, The Luminous Object, Materials, Manufacturing and Assembly   
Thesis: Lights for People: Emotion & Lighting

Honors for Outstanding Contribution to the School of Constructed Environments
Student Council representative, 2017-18

Appalachian State University : BS in Art Management with a studio art concentration in Fibers and Textile Design. Minor in German. (2000)

Justus-Liebig Universitaet : study abroad (1999) Giessen, Germany   


WORK EXPERIENCE

Industrial Design : (2018–present) :

Freelance product designer : Concept development, user experience, material research and innovation, product development, prototyping, tech packs, material sourcing, repeat pattern design, market research, pattern drafting, and consulting for a wide variety of industries that include tech, soft goods, apparel, architecture and housewares firms.

Radica Textiles : (2008–2016) Baltimore, MD : Hand-printed textiles and housewares design label

Entrepreneur, Founder, Principal: Founded and ran all operational details of the business; distribution, marketing and sales, trade show management, client outreach and production management.    
Design: Product development and design for the launch of 6 annual product lines, illustration, material sourcing and color development.
Marketing: Responsible for all concept development and execution of marketing photography and design, which garnered national press in Dwell, Fast Company and Print Magazine.                                    

CandyLab Toys : (June-August 2017) New York City

A three-month paid internship designing and prototyping fabric and leather toys that could be constructed with out any adhesive or sewing, reducing the manufacturing costs and risk of defects.
 

Made in Baltimore : (2015–2016) Baltimore, MD : initiative to promote local manufacturing and design

Co-organizer of pop-up shows, showrooms and programming that generated awareness among the general public and economic development for 150 local companies. Architecture firms, interior design firms & institutional buyers were matched with manufacturers to promote large scale local purchasing. In-store parties made the promotion fun and social, while boosting both community development and sales for the featured businesses.
 

Baltimore City Community College: (2012–2013) Baltimore, MD

Adjunct Professor of Textile Science.  
 

Greenbuild : (2009–2011) : The world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building.

Freelance product developer : Material sourcing, design, and production management of 15,000 recycled fabric messenger bags per year for U.S. Green Building Council’s annual international expo.  
 

Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya : (2008) Bhuj, India : A grassroots design school to promote traditional artisans in India.

Instructor of Color Theory : Sourcing from Heritage and Nature. 


American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) : (2001–2011) Baltimore, MD : The national museum for self-taught artwork

Registrar : Managed the Permanent Collection and prepared museum exhibits, including managing art handlers, issuing loan contracts, securing shipping and insurance of artwork.
Principal curator for AVAM’s year-long exhibition, Home & Beast, including research, writing and curatorial work.
Strategic planner : Implemented the museum’s first Institutional Plan and led a two-year effort to secure museum accreditation by the American Association of Museums.  
 

Broadcloth : (2003 – 2008) Baltimore, MD : A nonprofit organization for textile artists and designers

Director and Founder : Established Broadcloth’s nonprofit status and developed Broadcloth’s studio and artist residency program; duties included curating exhibitions, organizing and teaching workshops, and promoting Broadcloth’s programs and mission.  


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

IDEO.ORG : (2015)

Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centered Design, online course

Fabric Workshop and Museum : (2011) Philadelphia, PA

Three-month apprenticeship designing and printing repeat patterns on textile yardage.


SELECT TEACHING + SPEAKING

Experience includes lectures, courses, visiting critiques and workshops at Baltimore Print Studios, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore City Community College, Kala Raksha School (Bhuj, India), Stevenson College, American Craft Council, Baltimore Creative Alliance, DCenter, Maketribe, and Maryland Public Radio.


SELECT EXHIBITIONS

Roche Bobois : (2018) Sitting for Dining, part of NYCxDesign
Parsons MFA thesis exhibition : (2018) Part of NYCxDesign
Salone del Mobile Milano : (2017) Milan Furniture Fair exhibition of Tom Dixon for IKEA
Stevenson University : (2015) Solo exhibition
Product Lines 2 : (2015) Case[werks]
Product Lines : (2013) Case[werks]

 


AWARDS + RECOGNITION

Honors for Outstanding Contribution to the School of Constructed Environments : (2018) Parsons School of Design.
Core 77 : (2018) Student Runner Up in the 2018 Core 77 Design Awards, Design for Social Impact. See the BIN BIN work page for more information.
Cradle to Cradle : (2017) Finalist in the Cradle to Cradle / Autodesk Product Design Challenge, Design for the Circular Economy. See the BIN BIN work page for more information. 
Tom Dixon for IKEA : (2017) Selected to participate in a four-day workshop in a partnership between IKEA, Tom Dixon and Parsons School of Design. My design was featured in the New York Times, IKEA.today and at the 2017 Milan Furniture Fair.
Print Magazine : (2013) Interior Dialogue, a six page spread on Radica Textiles, my process and background.
Fast Company : (2013) An article on the Radica Textiles 2013 look book.

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