...A Junior Designer, (Bachelor of Environmental Design), Art Facilitator, 2x Small Business Owner, Textile Artist, Published Poet, Writer, & Overall Multi-Medium Creative.
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How I Learn & How I Work
When it comes to design, my brain never turns off. If I could section cut through anything I wanted, to see how everything was built or is operating inside, I would.
My most recent projects and work experience..
Work that I will jump out of bed in the morning for...
An architect knows something about everything.
An engineer knows everything about one thing.
I'll confidently describe myself as multi-faceted with a mixture of design and business experience. I'd be interested in working in the following areas, one at a time or... all at once:
Interior design (Residential and Commercial)
Textile based projects
Product Development & Administration
Branding & Collateral Creation
Printing and Packaging
Whatever else is hot and happening at the moment.
I am fascinated by the power of this program and would love an opportunity to work with a firm that uses the software, or is looking to move to it in the future. I feel confident in my existing Revit skills and also love that the program feels intuitive for me to work with. When I am not sure how to do something I am usually quickly able to figure it out, or find and utilize the resources to learn how.
Adobe Creative Suite
In the last two years of the program I spent most of my time in InDesign and Photoshop. Photoshop is a powerful tool that I love spending time with, and have been able to make it work for all my rendering and graphic needs.
AutoCAD is powerful without measure for architectural projects as well. We used it throughout the program, and then spent a semester with the details of AutoCAD– completing a full set of construction drawings for a residential unit.
Pen and Pencil
I have found that I can increase my work speed if, throughout the design process I sketch and write quick plans for what I need to bring to life in a software program. Design journalling has been an inspiring habit of mine that I picked up during school and hope to maintain for the rest of my life.
Mac and Windows Operating Systems
I can rock both of em.
HTML and CSS
I am currently studying both and intend to move into other languages and frameworks as needed.
Other Programs and Services
If you frequently use a program that is not listed here don't fret. I'm quick and savvy at picking up programs if there is a use for them. I didn't know any of the above programs until I needed them, and now I can't imagine life without them. Plus, Lynda.com is my best friend. I watch tutorial videos on Lynda for fun. Yep.
I hold a Degree in Environmental Design-Interior Architecture, with the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba.
This is all about Where I have been, and Where I want to go.
Let's dive deeper into my Studies with the blog posts below...
Explore My Design Studies
Thoughts, musings, and ruminations on five years of studies at the University of Manitoba earning my Undergraduate Degree in Environmental Design.
Expanding on my projects and work experience...
Summer Skin Clothing
Summer Skin was launched in 2012 when I sat down with a notebook and a pen and asked myself: 'What would I do this summer if I wasn't afraid to fail?' (a great question to ask yourself if you want to start a business, inspired by one of my studio crits). I had been lugging around a few bins of fabric I purchased in Eastern Africa, and I had made clothing with some that had warranted a lot of attention. I decided to launch a line of bright, bold beach-to-street clothing pieces. I took care of: branding, media management, travel, pricing, marketing, pattern-making, production, photography, post-editing, copy-writing, packaging and shipping.
The Artful Owl
The Artful Owl is the best place on earth. The art studio itself is the hardest place to leave (for me, and the children that attend classes). I started facilitating art classes at The Owl after taking a History of Textiles summer course with the studio founder, Stephanie Middagh. She called that course her three month interview process (she had her eye on me) and I call it fate. Working at the studio was educational, inspiring, fun, colourful, entertaining, and full of 'awesomeness'. Projects were rooted in art history and we worked with as many mediums as we could throughout the sessions. I learned a lot about creativity and business working for Stephanie, who became a great mentor and friend.
In Plan View Tablewares
Expanding on my love for textiles, but moving forward from making clothing, In Plan View was born. I ate one too many meals in front of a cellphone or laptop while I was living in studio during University. After solo travels through Europe, and being immersed in Italian culture for two weeks, I realized I was extremely nostalgic for the ritual of a table, fully set, with real cloth linens. My solution? Design my own textiles, press and sew them into table linens, and spark a linen revolution. A beautiful table can inspire cooking, mindful eating, evenings spent with friends, and hopefully a nice bottle of wine (or five). My favourite part about running the business was food photography, staging, and tablescape design. I hope to expand on that love in the future.
Part of the reason I wanted to work for myself, was to be able to choose my own travel dates and to have time to volunteer. There is nothing quite like volunteering whatever level of time and effort you can give at the moment. I believe volunteering pays in currencies other than money. Two positions that recently made an impact on me were volunteer work with an Adult Resource Centre, and work with Habitat for Humanity.
Tying it all together.
I am always ready and looking to take everything I've ever explored in work, school, textiles, teaching, art, business and life and apply it into a new creative project.
Thanks for visiting my home base and reading my story. I'd like to help you tell yours too. Let's talk about what that could look like.