ABOUT

"The details are not the details.
They make the design"

- Charles Eames - 

I am a textile and surface pattern designer for the quilting and home decor markets.

The rich diversity of nature, cultural history, and my own adventures, inspire me to create designs that reflect craftsmanship, individuality, and the imperfections of the hand-made.

My desire is to create designs that can be embraced and used to enrich my clients living environment. Through painterly florals, re-imagined classics, layered textural designs, bold geometrics, and modern conversational prints, my designs help clients create an environment that is their personal sanctuary.

Education

  • UC Berkeley Extension, Professional Sequence in Graphic Design 

  • Sharon Art Studio, Studied life drawing and abstract painting 

  • The Toronto School of Art, Fine Art Diploma 

  • The Toronto School of Art, Studied etching, life drawing, portraiture, and wall sculpture 

  • The University of Toronto, School of Continuing Education, Studied wildlife, botanical and landscape drawing as well as watercolor and pastel painting 

  • The University of Toronto, Master of Science, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics 

  • The University of Toronto, Bachelor of Science (Honors), Microbiology and Parasitology 

 

Technical Proficiency

  • Design: Strong knowledge of color theory, layout, pattern design and illustration. Comprehensive understanding of the design process from client brief, initial conceptualization and brainstorming to meticulous execution and launch.

  • Software: Experience in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop).

  • Fine Art: Extensive experience in life, wildlife, botanical and landscape drawing, acrylic, watercolor and pastel painting, as well as printmaking.

 

Press

  • Pattern Observer, Highlights for Our Latest Chelsea's Challenge, June 2019

  • Pattern Observer, Textile Design Lab Summer of Creativity, June-August 2018

  • Surface Pattern Design Guild, Featured Member, September 2018

  • Pattern Observer, Textile Design Lab Member Spotlight, March 4, 2016. My recent textile designs and an interview were showcased on the Pattern Observer blog.

  • American Heart Association, Circulation Research, Investigating the Transcriptional Control of Cardiovascular Development, February 13, 2015. Using Adobe Illustrator, I designed Figure 1: Molecular players for transcriptional regulation. This illustration is from the American Heart Association.

  • American Heart Association, Circulation Research, Transcriptional Regulation of Vertebrate Cardiac Morphogenesis, March 22, 2002. Using coloured pencils on mylar as well as Adobe Photoshop, I designed Figure 1: Summary of mouse heart development.

 

Professional Affiliations

  • 2015 – present, Textile Design Lab

  • 2016 – 2019, Surface Pattern Design Guild

  • 2012 - 2017, American Institute of Graphic Arts

  • 2011 - 2017, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

  • 2002 - 2006, Toronto Arts Council, Community Arts Committee

  • 2001 - 2006, Art Guild of Scarborough, President

 

Selected Exhibitions

  • The National Ballet of Canada, Volunteer Committee, Toronto, ON, Art Show and Sale

  • Portuguese Canadian National Congress, Toronto, ON, COPA Awards/Auction

  • The Art Guild of Scarborough, Toronto, ON, Free Spirit Award Show

  • Agincourt District Library, Toronto, ON, Solo Show, Recent Works

  • The Art Guild of Scarborough, Toronto, ON, The Arthur Award Show

  • Creative Edge, Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, Show Co-ordinator

  • The Art Guild of Scarborough, Toronto, ON, Fall and Spring Show and Sale

  • The Scarborough Arts Council, Toronto, ON, Memories of a Millennium

  • The Scarborough Arts Council, Toronto, ON, Transitions: Changing States

 

Selected Awards

  • The Arthur Award, “ Ketamine/Sleep”, mixed media, The Art Guild of Scarborough 

  • Special Merit, Free Spirit Show, “ Resurrection II”, The Art Guild of Scarborough 

  • The Arthur Award, “ Our Father”, mixed media, The Art Guild of Scarborough 

  • Special Merit Awards, various works, The Art Guild of Scarborough

 

Experience

  • Community Arts Committee, Toronto Art Council, City of Toronto, committee member

  • The Art Guild of Scarborough, Toronto, ON, President

  • The Art Guild of Scarborough, Toronto, ON, Exhibition Chairperson

  • Rotunda Gallery, Scarborough Civic Centre, City of Toronto, Member of the Advisory Committee

  • Instruction, Young Artists (5-6 and 7-9 yr. old), City of Toronto, Economic Development, Tourism and Culture, Port Union C.C., Spearheaded program development, established the age-appropriate curriculum, demonstrated techniques, and supervised children. 

  • Artist in the School Program, Scarborough Arts Council and the Scarborough Separate School Board

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