Since I am a self-taught seamstress, I take influence not only from the clothes, but also patterns used for firmer packaging, like boxes, tennis balls etc.
I go through a lot of revisions, and I believe making mistakes and understanding exactly why something does work is part of the fun!
I graduated from Coventry University in 2012 with a degree in product design, specializing in Toy Design.
Since 2006 I have been creating bespoke soft toys; this began as an exercise for me; designing and working out patterns, and creating and experimenting with different fabrics such as fleece and corduroy. Due to the positive feedback and requests I had received thanks to my online portfolio, in 2007 I began taking commissions to recreate the characters of clients as soft toys. As well as forming my own aesthetic, I greatly enjoy working with the styles of others and I am also very adept at illustrating to get an understanding and feel for characters, working closely with the customer to bring their ideas to life.
Since 2009 I have been working to make this into a registered business and sell my work via an online store. I have ambitions to tour appropriate fares and conventions to distribute my products, building my customer base and look into collaborating with other bespoke freelancers.
As well as many years of online commission experience making soft toys, since graduating I have had professional experience as a freelance plush pattern designer.
My creative process involves a lot of brainstorming and preliminary sketching while in regular contact with the client, developing digital and traditional model sheets and creating prototypes up until the products completion. Working with a company called Dempsey Designs Ltd, designing soft toys as craft kit patterns to be added to a line called 'Mini Craft Kits' (concealed information)
My Interests lie in Natural History (fictional, factual and legend), The Art of character design and story telling, as well as the eternal path to Self improvement. I collect reference books and get giddy over new stationary and craft tools. I have always enjoyed giving form to ideas, and broadening my horizons.
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A highly personable and experienced customer service representative with particular skills in the creative crafts and arts, sewing and design. Highly organised and efficient, able to work well with others in a team and also with the general public. Previous roles have included negotiating and working with sensitive data. Looking for a role that would utilise people skills, excellent communication and organisation skills.
Seasonal Sales Assistant, The Entertainer Nov – Dec 2019
Sales Assistant, Mountain Warehouse July 2018 – Oct 2019
Production Assistant, James Glancy Design March – June 2018
Soft Prop Sculptor, Rainbow Productions Limited May 2017
Buyer Dept. work experience, Mountain Warehouse Sept – 2016
Sales Assistant, Mountain Warehouse May 2016 – March 2018
Dispatch Assistant, Secret Cinema April 2016
Science Presenter for children, Mother Nature Science Jan – March 2016
Production Assistant, James Glancy Design July – Nov 2015
Sales Assistant, Mountain Warehouse Sept 2014 – Aug 2015
Volunteer Teaching Assistant key stage 2,Castlecombe Primary school April - June 2014
Volunteer after-school 7 – 11’s Xpress Club, Westbourne Park Baptist Church March - April 2014
Freelance Plush Pattern Designer, Dempsey Designs Nov 2012- July 2013
Seasonal Till Staff, Forbidden Planet, London Shaftsbury Avenue Nov 2012-Jan 2013
Data Clerk, Serco, Norwich Calvert Street Feb 2008-Nov 2008
Seasonal Till Staff, Next Retail, Norwich Hay Hill Oct-Dec 2007
Redemptions Team, RBS, Blue Boar Lane, Norwich August 2007
Freelance Art Doll Maker and Designer, Feb 2007 – Present
Volunteer, RSPCA, Norwich Barrack Street Jul-Dec 2006
Work Placement, AKA Cartoons Studio INC, Canada Vancouver BC Oct-Nov 2005
Bar Staff, The Portrait, Sidcup High street Aug-Dec 2005
Sales Assistant, Birthdays/Thorntons, Sidcup High street Jun 2002-Jan 2003
Education and Training
David Neat – Maker and Teacher of Making
Oct – Nov 2016
Mould-making and Casting Course – We worked with Silicone moulds, Vinamold, Resin (poly Urethane, and 'Easy Flow'), Cold Cast metal, and Latex . We created flat moulds and multiple sided ones for fully 3d complex shapes.
David Neat – Maker and Teacher of Making
Model-making Techniques – we worked to 1:25 scale, creating sets with furniture, characters and foliage, complete with authentic texturing and colour.
City and Islington College
April 2014 - July 2014
NVQ Level 2 to Support Teaching and Learning in Schools - My optional units were: Schools as Organisations, Prepare and maintain learning environments, Provide displays in schools, and Supporting children and Young people with disabilities and special educational needs.
Sept 2009 – June 2012
BA Product Design (specialising in toy design) 2:1 – As well as my degree, I was able to take an annual module in a course of my choosing, these were: Academic Writing, Second Life, and Adobe Flash
Coventry University – Institute of applied Entrepreneurship
January – June 2011
SPEED West Midlands/EFS –This consisted of one on one Mentoring from Entrepreneurs, as well as workshops (topics included Intellectual property, international business, etc), Networking, tutoring and funding towards our own business ideas.
WEETU – Women’s Employment, Enterprise and Training Unit
January – March 2009
Is Enterprise for me? – A course in Self management, setting S.M.A.R.T goals, and teaching us to assess whether our business ideas are Viable and profitable
Norwich Puppet Theatre
Sept 2006 – June 2007
Ravensbourne College of Communication and Design
Sept 2004 – June 2005
Foundation Degree – We were taught traditional animation, character reference sheets, storyboarding, as well as 3D modelling and animation using the software Maya
Sept 2002 – June 2004
A level – 3 passes consisting of Art & Design, Film Studies and Media Studies
Cleeve Park Secondary School
Sept 1997 – June 2002
11 GCSEs – Also I was a Prefect in Year 10, and a Librarian in Year 8
My personal Interests include: observational sketching and study, collecting reference books and tutorials to better understand the subjects of my art.
I have a passion for making toys and for using my design skills and I take in commissions to do client toys and make these for sale and manufacture
I take part in table top role-playing games such as dungeons and dragons and I also attended my university’s Medieval Society (designing the logo as well).
References are available on request
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