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Mary Valin

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My experience is creating prints/patterns in repeat, CADS, graphic art, trend research/concept boards, gift sets, apparel, accessories, plush, & bedding components. I flourish in a creative environment & excel working outside of my comfort zone.
  • Region:
  • Northeast

Baby Private Label

Baby Private Label X
Bath - Just Born Brand, Plush - 3 Characters, Blankets, Baby "Sweet" Project

Disney Baby Products

Disney Baby Products X
Disney Bath, Bibs, Blankets, Apparel, Gift Sets, Plush, & Bedding Accessories

Wal-Mart Canada - Disney Packaged Layette

Wal-Mart Canada - Disney Packaged Layette X
Disney Wal-Mart Canada, Packaged Layette Endcap, Boy - Tigger, Girl - Princess, Unisex - Pooh

Packaging , Hangtag, Stickers

Packaging , Hangtag, Stickers X
Disney packaging and private label packaging

Gift Set/Tech-Packs

Gift Set/Tech-Packs X
Walmart packaged gift set and tech-packs

Disney Princess

Disney Princess X
Blankets & Throws for Walmart.com
  • Category

    Textiles
  • Market Segments

    Prints
    Knits
  • Specialties

    Graphic Design, Prints, Artwork, Trend Boards
    Baby, Childrens, Women's
    Product Licensing & Private Label
    Bedding, Blanket/Throws, Pillows, Packaged Gift Sets
    Product Development
    CADS, Tech-Packs, Packaging & Hangtags
  • Years of Experience

    15+
  • Availability

    Freelance
    Permanent
  • Relocation

    Yes
  • Technologies

    Illustrator
    Photoshop
    Microsoft Office
  • Schools/Training

    Drexel University
    Design & Merchandising

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AREAS OF EXPERTISE

• Creative, perform efficiently, accomplish results working in a fast paced, deadline driven environment
• Design, create prints & patterns in repeat, graphic components, excellent color sense, create mock
ups and trend/concept boards for presentations
• Understand the product development process - create detail tech-packs, packaging for production
as well as approvals regarding quality, color, trims, execution of strike-offs, artwork, and fabric
swatches
• Knowledgeable working on licensed product, with the licensor & style guides: Disney, Nickelodeon,
DreamWorks - Trolls, Entertainment One - Peppa Pig
• Focus in the following categories for Newborn and Infant: mini baby blankets & board books,
packaged and hanging layette, plush, snuggle buddies, bath and nursery bedding. Accessories: hats,
booties, socks & mitts, headbands, rattles, bibs, photo albums & frames, Children’s bedding: sheet
sets, comforters, body pillows, throw blankets
• Knowledgeable of garment construction and fabrication of knits & wovens
• Proficient with Macintosh and Adobe Creative Cloud Programs: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop
Microsoft Office - Word, Excel

EXPERIENCE

MARY MEYER STUFFED TOYS, Townshend, VT 2019-Present
GRAPHIC DESIGNER
• Create prints & patterns in repeat, colors for private label & licensed baby products - mini blankets,
and accessories
• Design textures, patterns and colors for baby board books
• Develop production ready detailed tech packs for the factories
• Research upcoming trends in graphic design, color, font, textile patterns, plush and present trend
information

MARY VALIN CONSULTING, FREELANCE GRAPHIC DESIGNER 2010-2019
MARY MEYER STUFFED TOYS Townshend, Vermont
BERKSHIRE BLANKETS, INC. Ware, Massachusetts
ABG ACCESSORIES Elizabeth, New Jersey
FRANCO MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC Metuchen, New Jersey
CSS INDUSTRIES INC., C.R. GIBSON DIVISION Nashville, Tennessee
TRIBORO QUILT MANUFACTURING CORP. White Plains, New York
RASHTI & RASHTI New York, New York
MJM FASHIONS St. Laurent, QC

• Design prints for baby product - soft plush toys, swaddle blankets
• Design trend boards and textile prints in repeat for women’s bedding sheet sets
• Design Licensed product for the following Children’s Categories: Bedding components,
blankets/throws and body pillows
• Design packaged apparel gift sets & tech-packs for newborn girl Stepping Stones brand for Wal-
Mart - Fall 2016
• Design CADS, graphics, character art, prints, repeats for Disney licensed products - packaged
layette (girl, boy, unisex) for Wal-Mart Canada, as well as newborn/infant apparel, blankets, bibs,
plush, bath & nursery bedding
• Create plush character, graphics and prints for private label brands
• Create detail tech-packs for overseas production for newborn/infant and young men’s styles

RASHTI & RASHTI New York, New York 2004-2010
DESIGNER
• Designed preemie/newborn/infant (girl, boy & unisex) layette apparel and gift set items (blankets,
plush, bath, accessories)
• Managed graphic artists to ensure artwork was within parameters of Disney style guides
• Met with/communicated with Disney regarding product design and approvals & attended Disney
trend forecasting meetings
• Created detail tech-packs and follow up on all production approvals regarding color, art, prints,
trim & fabrics
• Developed hangtags, package design, layouts and mock-ups for all apparel, gift sets, plush, and
blankets
• Disney license characters included: Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Tigger,
for Wal-Mart, Target, Sears, and Kmart. Private label brands: Baby Starters and Kmart Small
Wonders
• Researched trends, colors and themes while implementing these ideas into fashionable styles for
each season
• Comparison shopped both domestic and in Canada for trend research and development
• Analyzed and kept track of sales performance by style to assist in forecasting key items for future
development
• Successfully created and achieved Disney Wal-Mart programs for $7M, Target $5M

HAPPY KIDS New York, New York 1998-2004
DESIGNER
Created Children’s Apparel for licensed and private label brands listed below:
• B.U.M. EQUIPMENT - Boys 8-20 - Design & tech-packs, CHEROKEE - Newborn & Infant -
Created artwork and tech-packs
• CALVIN KLEIN - Girls & Boys Infant - tech-packs, BETSEY JOHNSON - Girls Newborn, Infant,
Toddler, 4-6X & 7-14 - tech-packs
• Attend Magic trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada

EDUCATION
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, Bachelor of Science in Design & Merchandising

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