I have trained with two Trend Studios in Paris and designed for a major fabric export company in India. After my return to the U.K. in 2002, I used my knowledge of design and trend development to open an independent store in Lewes, East Sussex. Selling my own range of clothing, accessories and home interior products, I also managed the production and manufacturing of the products, which were produced using a wide selection of natural indigenous fabrics.
After several prosperous trading years, I returned to Textile Design. My areas of focus now include Baby and Infant Apparel, Packaging, Home interior fabrics, Bedding and Wall Covering. Clients include John Lewis, Laura Ashley, Next (U.K), Pottery Barn, Macy's, Bed Bath and Beyond (U.S) and Linen House (Australia).
I currently use Photoshop and Illustrator in addition to appliqué, embroidery and hand-paint techniques.
Fashion Industry Experience
•An accomplished Print and Embroidery Designer specializing in Infant Apparel, Packaging and Home.
•Highly skilled in CAD surface pattern design and producing diverse, original concepts for commercial use.
•Trained in trend conceptualization and development, Paris.
•Adobe Photoshop CS6, Adobe Illustrator CS6. Languages: Fluent French, Tamil
Freelance Textile Designer, Marcie Designs, New York Jun 2011 - date
•Providing surface design for the Baby and Infant Apparel market in the U.S.
•CAD led Print and Embroidery artworks with co-ordinating graphics, patterns, accessories and trimmings.
•Packaging and seasonal gift wrap design concepts for the paper and gift industries in the U.S.
Freelance Textile Designer, Swatch Loft, London, U.K. Jun 2011 - date
•Print and Embroidery designs for Home, Bedding, Wall Covering and Adult Apparel in the U.K. and U.S.
•Producing original artworks using appliqué, embroidery, hand-paint, in addition to Photoshop / Illustrator.
•Clients include John Lewis, Laura Ashley, Next, Marks and Spencer (U.K).
Freelance Textile Designer, Linda Stewart Designs, London Jan 2011 - date
•CAD led Print design for Home, Bedding and Wall Covering.
•Developing motifs and compositions to trend and colour direction for clients in U.S, Europe and Asia.
•Clients include Macy’s, Martha Stewart, Ellery Homestyles (U.S).
Textile Designer Alistair Boyd Limited, London, U.K. May 2007 – Dec 2010
•Innovative Print and Embroidery concepts for Home interior fabrics, Bedding and Wall Covering.
•Designing in accordance to Home trends for clients in U.K, U.S, Europe and Asia.
•Clients include John Lewis, Laura Ashley (U.K), Pottery Barn, Bed Bath & Beyond (U.S), Linen House (Aus).
Proprietor ‘Coconut’, Lewes, U.K. Feb 2004 – April 2007
•Marketing and management of an independent store stocking contemporary design-led products.
•Solely designing own range of interior soft furnishings, clothing, jewellery and accessories.
•Executing independent production trips to oversee manufacturing outlets in India.
•Sourcing and buying additional lifestyle products, clothing and accessories to fit with own brand.
Textile Designer, Sylvie Martel Designs, Paris
Jan 2003 – Jan 2004
•Developing Print and Embroidery designs for Home, sold to clients in U.K, Europe and Asia.
Favorite Fashion Designer or Fashion Brand
Next Children's Wear
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