3/2010-3/2011     Charlottesville, VA, USA

Initiated La Vida Local – Charlottesville, presently a web-based idea for a store that would sell only locally made goods, as well as an idea for a fashion show in which everything shown would be locally designed and made. I am working toward La Vida Local having an actual location.

Worked as a sales associate at Cottonwood quilt shop, selling quilting supplies and Bernina sewing machines, making samples, and teaching crazy quilting

Set up ArtFire website to sell my own hand-painted ties and scarves, woven scarves, and beaded jewelry. Sold a set of 5 coordinated hand-painted ties.

Juried into the Artisans Center of Virginia at the professional level, thus earning the right to offer classes at Piedmont Virginia Community college. Offered Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom, Designing Repeats for Prints, and Fabric Painting.

Exhibited (and sold) work at Contemporary Crafts (Charlottesville) and Artisphere (Arlington)

 Tutored individuals in math and in designing repeats

Tutored students ages 5 to 15 at Huntington Learning Center

3/2005-3/2010     Norwich, UK

Founded Pocktorian Textiles, a textile business incubator created to provide initial space and equipment to textile graduates, aiding them in starting their own businesses. I won a £3000 grant from UnLtd for Pocktorian, but it was dependent on my staying in the UK for the next year, and I could not because the Home Office would not extend my 5-year Visa, so Pocktorian Textiles UK could not continue.

Private Commissions:

  • tatted and beaded jewellery
  • historically accurate embroidery
  • historically accurate crocheted snood
  • Victorian female workhouse resident’s costume

Taught workshops in jewellery making and in various textile skills

Designed, made and sold jewellery at various local craft fairs and galleries

Residency at Norwich School of Art and Design in the textile department through the Artists Access to Art Schools program

 Taught workshops in jewellery making and in various textile skills

Took courses in website building, digital photography, and starting a business.

 12/03-3/05       Un-Thinkable, Inc.    New York City

Participated in color and design choices each new season

Handpainted new designs or created new designs based on vintage swatches

Cleaned up scans of handpainted designs or swatches via CAD

Created colorways and changed designs as needed

Printed designs and prepared instructions for printers of yardage in China

Inserted fabric designs into designer’s fashion flats for previews of designs

Designed  marketing materials such as mood boards, hang tags and illustrated line sheets

Attended trade shows to note trends and to show Un-Thinkable’s line

 5/02-1/12/03    Freelance textile designer     New York City

Represented on USA east coast by Design Works International

Represented in Europe by London Portfolio

Private Commissions:

  • Rehka Singh           beading and embellishment for evening wear
  • Tessile, Inc.           designs for quilts and pillows
  • Mara Hoffman      crochet and embroidery for runway designs
  • Revman, Inc.        ribbon embroidery for Nicole Miller bedding
  • Lara Corsets          ribbon embroidery for historical corsets
  • Michael Stuart Designs    handpainting of Ralph Lauren jeans
  • Bharat USA, Ltd.     handpainting of one-off poncho
  • Bill Bull                   handwork for Victoria’s Secret show
  • Ran Studio            design of screen prints for T-shirts
  • Fashion Design Concepts      design of machine embroidery
  • Bindya Lula          surface design for handbags

 12/94-5/02  Designer/Maker/Seller of jewellery and textiles, New York City and international

Designed and made a variety of jewellery and textiles, selling my work at galleries and craft fairs all over the US and in Poland and the UK.

Designed and constructed a display that could be successfully transported as hand luggage

Designed a variety of marketing materials to be used by the galleries and at shows

Taught several short workshops with the New York Bead Society.


Handwoven      Nov/Dec 2002          Beaded Waffle Weave Scarf Beadwork    Sept/Oct 2000    Autum Leaves  Tatted Necklace


 A.A. in Surface Design/Textile Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, NY, NY, USA 

B.S. in Chemistry, West Virgina Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, SV, USA


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