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Kamala Melanson

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  • date: 12-29-10
I am a focused, creative and hardworking senior knitwear designer with 14 years experience in woman’s sportswear from concept to finished product. I have a strong sense of style and a sharp eye for forecasting trends, as well as an expert cad artist.

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  • Category

    Apparel
  • Market Segments

    Womens
    Fashion Illustration
  • Availability

    Permanent
  • Relocation

    No
  • Technologies

    Adobe (Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign)
    U4ia
    PrimaVision
    Microsoft Office (Excel, Word and Power Point)
  • Schools/Training

    Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC
    Pioneer Computer School

More Information

Kamala Shantal Melanson
1223 Bushwick Ave, Apt 3B Brooklyn, NY 11221
Cell (339) 203-5377
Kamalaandsteve@aol.com
Portfolio – www.coroflot.com/kamalashantal

EXPERIENCE
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2009 – 2010 SENIOR KNITWEAR DESIGNER, BOSTON APPAREL GROUP, West Bridgewater, MA
• Create seasonal palettes
• Create and present seasonal trend reports highlighting key silhouettes, prints, fabrics and colors

2006 – 2009 KNITWEAR DESIGNER, BOSTON APPAREL GROUP, West Bridgewater, MA
• Design unique styles for sweaters and cut and sew
• Design Fast Fashion styles inspired by the latest runway trends in a quick turnaround
• Create original prints, stripes, plaids, intarsias, embroideries and beading layouts using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
• Participate and make design comments in weekly fitting sessions
• Technical rendering for sweaters and cut and sew using Adobe Illustrator
• Choose yarns and fabrics for sweaters and cut and sew
• Choose buttons and trims
• Communicate with vendors, agents and overseas mills
• Present and participate in collection review meetings
• Attend fabric shows at Premiere Vision and Tex world in NY and Paris
• Attend and purchase artwork at Direction by Indigo and Printsource in NY and Paris
• Sample shopping and what’s in stores research in NY, Miami, LA, Montreal, Barcelona, Paris and London
• Responsible for budgets of artwork and purchased garment samples

2005 – 2006 KNITWEAR DESIGNER, SIGRID OLSEN, Wakefield, MA
• Design unique styles for cut and sew and sweaters
• Create intarsias, pointelles, fair isles, cables and crochet styles
• Choose yarns, buttons and trims
• Make design comments in weekly fitting sessions
• Present and participate in collection review meetings
• Attend fabric shows at Premiere Vision and Tex world in NY and Paris

2002-2005 ASSOCIATE DESIGNER, SIGRID OLSEN, Wakefield, MA
• Hand drawn technical rendering for wovens, cut and sew and sweaters
• Communicate with fabric venders, agents and overseas mills
• Create thumbnails on the computer in graphic software
• Create and update paper doll design boards
• Participate in fittings for wovens, cut and sew and sweaters
• Enter style construction information into PDM database

1998-2002 CAD DESIGNER, SIGRID OLSEN, Wakefield, MA
• Cleaning, color reduction and repeats for prints
• Stripe, fair isle and intarsia sweater layouts
• Embroidery and beading designs
• Placement print styles

SKILLS
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COMPUTER APPLICATIONS
EXPERT IN: Adobe (Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign), U4ia and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Power Point)
FAMILAR WITH: Prima Vision, PDM and PLM database
SEWING/CONSTRUCTION:
•Seamstress and pattern maker with measurement and garment construction experience
ILLUSTRATION:
•Hand drawn, full color fashion illustrations

EDUCATION
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2006 LECTRA, New York, NY
•PrimaVision Training
2005 ADVANCED PHOTOSHOP AND ILLUSTATOR TRAINING
•Liz Claiborne, New York, NY
1998 LECTRA, New York, NY
•U4ia Training
1997-1998 PIONEER COMPUTER SCHOOL, Manchester, NH
•Certificate program in computer graphics (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator)
1993-1997 FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, New York, NY
•BFA, Fashion design

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