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.
 

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

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

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

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

 

EDUCATION


WORK EXPERIENCE

Radica Textiles : (2008–2016) Baltimore, MD : Hand-printed textiles and housewares design label
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 a 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 development : 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.
Curatorial : Principal curator for AVAM’s year-long exhibition, Home & Beast, including research, writing and curatorial work.
Strategic : 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.  


IDEO.ORG : (2015) : Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centered Design, online course

Fabric Workshop and Museum : (2011) Philadelphia, PA, A three-month apprenticeship designing and printing repeat patterns on textile yardage.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


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.

 

SELECTED TEACHING, SPEAKING, + OUTREACH


Salone del Mobile Milano : (2017)
Stevenson University : (2015)
Product Lines 2, Case[werks] : (2015)
Product Lines, Case[werks] : (2013)

 

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