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To obtain a CAD Textile and Embroidery Design position in a company that provides an open environment with many opportunities for continuous growth, utilizing my education and business experience to support the companies goals and objectives.
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
o Experienced Textile and Embroidery Designer, with a Bachelor of Arts in Textile Design
o Creative thinker able to develop a design process from concept to final production.
o Talented at creating visual textile artwork, design layouts, storyboards and color boards
o Computer Literacy, strong knowledge of Excel, Word, Photoshop and Illustrator
o Strong eye for detail
o Good Organizational, Archival, Research, Problem Solving and Communication Skills
o Experienced in the coordination of development and production
o Managing and Decision Making Skills
o Record Keeping & Report Writing
o Bilingual - Native Spanish speaker
o Willing to travel
Textile and Embroidery Designer / Development and Production Jan 2014 Dec 2014
Laser & Embroidery of NYC, LCC. New York, New York
o Worked hands-on with customers, translating ideas and sketches into innovative designs.
o Designed and implemented new embroidery stitching techniques.
o Held direct responsibility for managing the complexities of daily embroidery production with exclusive accounts that include Ralph Lauren and Armani Exchange, among others.
o Coordinated production and delivery schedules between designers, digitizers, machine operators, and finishers, to expedite the timely and accurate allocation of production.
o Led and motivated team staff members, creating a productive and team spirited environment.
o Approved finishers’ work against customer spec sheets to ensure quality control standards.
o Inspected and reviewed designs, strike-offs, sales samples and textile production.
o Sourced for and negotiated with vendors to obtain competitive pricing on supplies threads.
o Attended industry functions to keep informed of current trends and technologies.
Main client, Polo Ralph Lauren was extremely satisfied with creative embroidery developments
CAD Designer / Production Coordinator Feb 2011 Jun 2013
Semels Embroidery, Ltd. Clifton, New Jersey
o Coordinated Ideas and concepts into innovative textile-graphic designs
o Communicated with clients, business owners and staff members to discuss the projects
o Utilized the latest CAD Designing Software to design textiles and embroideries
Textile and Embroidery Designer Jan 2009 - Dec2010
Fashion Design Concepts, Inc. New York, New York
o Designed and produced large CAD-embroideries for the specialty Haute Couture industry.
o Assisted the Head Designer by developing concepts into textile and embroidery designs.
o Communicated and coordinate with production to ensure timely deliveries.
o Managed and updated CAD archives, swatches, color boards and color charts.
Business Owner/CEO Jan 1994- Feb 2002
Lop-Lop Embroidery Inc. Bogotá, Colombia
o Coordinated and developed systems and internal business procedures.
o Held responsibility for all management aspects of a commercial textile and embroidery business that produced embroideries, prints and textile design.
o Worked directly with customers, meeting their expectations from initial concept to final project.
o Designed and executed all textile, embroidered and print artwork.
o Managed and supervised five employees.
Developed a brand of clothing that provided a positive customer response and loyalty.
• Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Fashion Merchandising & Management.
Berkeley College Woodland Park, NJ. 2015 to present
• Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Textile Design
Universidad de Los Andes Bogotá, Colombia. Graduated 1992
• Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Architecture
Universidad de Los Andes Bogotá, Colombia. Graduated 1987
SKILLS AND TRAINING
Seminars, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, New York. 2006 – 2015
o Hand Bag Design and Construction,
o Designing Graphics with Illustrator
o Computer-Aided Print Design with Photoshop
o CAD: U4ia
o Fashion Business
Fashion Design Certificate, Parsons School of Design
New York, New York, 2013
Small Business Entrepreneur, Micro-Business Center
Bogotá, Colombia. 1993
• Illustrator • Photoshop • Excel • Word • Power Point •Publisher • Movie-maker • CAD Embroidery • U4ia • Web-PDM • Quick Books •
INTEREST / ACTIVITIES
Reading; Travel; Swimming; Triathlons.
Head Coach, Masters Swim Team, Ridgewood YMCA Ridgewood, New Jersey 2009 2014
Coached a group of 60 Adult swimmers, helped them to achieved their fitness goals
1st Place at the NJ Masters Swim Team Championship
Received the 2006 Recognition Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service