TECHNICAL & GRAPHIC DESIGNER

I created this website to celebrate the diverse and various projects that I have executed in my 25+ years in my career in fashion and product development. I  grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh.  My parents instilled in me a very strong work ethic, which is customary for someone from Western PA.  I started my own business when I was in high school making doll replicas of brides.  This sparked my interest in fashion.  I went to college in Philadelphia and ended up working on the east coast for the last 25 years.  My many jobs have taken me from Harlem, NYC to Philadelphia, Pa and all the way to China.   Over the course of my career, I’ve been afforded many opportunities to do exciting things.  This website will show some of my ideas that have come to life during my career. From the joy of being a designer, seeing my ideas come to fruition to learning fit and construction through customization which made customers look fantastic at their momentous occasions, I’ve had a diverse career. Come, take a walk down memory lane with me.

“Fashioning a career that truly fits.”

ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a problem solver and my process involves a lot of thinking and planning.  Once I get a project, I start with writing down all the ideas and words that come to mind immediately.  This can also involve small sketches.  When I walk away to take a break from brainstorming,  inspiration usually finds me at the most random places:  in the shower, driving a car, etc.  The random, mundane acts of everyday life force my mind to wander and ideas hit me quickly.  I plan out the design in my head and when I sit down again to a computer, pattern table or sewing machine, the design is formed.  Rather than sketch and re-sketch on paper, my mind has already performed those necessary functions.

 

My designs are often very intentional and functional.  Even when I push the boundaries, I always have the end use in mind.  In fashion, it is very important to me that a garment is not only aesthetically pleasing, but is wearable.  Can you lift your arms to hug someone?  Can you sit or get in and out of a car?  Is the zipper strong enough to last not only while wearing, but for some time after?  I prefer art, even wearable art, to have a long life and durability associated to it. I like hand details and time/care given to the piece as quality is just as important as how it looks.  Learning from those artisans that came before you is critical in your success not only professionally, but personally.  I was lucky enough to learn from Master Lung on my frequent trips to Hong Kong.  He taught me the subtleties of making patterns and helped shape those skills I cherish today.  I believe there is a happy place in the middle where technology and methods from long ago can meet to make fantastic products. 

TESTIMONIALS

Together. In-Service. Passionate. Accountable. Innovative. These are the values that we strive to achieve at David’s Bridal.  On January 24, 2019, I  received the LOVED award from my peers at DB.  “LOVED represents Living Our Values Every Day, and it was lovely to get an award that says I live these values.  However, what was more meaningful was that I was nominated by my peers and colleagues.  The words they used to describe me meant so much more than anything else I have ever heard from a superior.   Every time I’ve been asked to describe working at David’s Bridal, I’ve said the same thing: It’s the people I work with that make everyday special.  The award is nice, but one of the most rewarding aspects of my work has been the interaction with the incredible group of co-workers both here and overseas. 

Hidden Figures

A senior leader/mentor sent my team a note of appreciation.  She compared us to the women in the movie “Hidden Figures.”  I thought this was a great comparison because the technical  team of a fashion company are the unsung heroes who engineer the product.  

Linda has been able to flex and move with the changes in aesthetic without sacrificing fit and support..

Paula Arruda

Director of Production, David's Bridal

Creative Collaborator

I describe a good co-worker as someone who employees enjoy being around and who helps anyone in the company succeed.  When I received this note from a designer on my team, I was sincerely touched because he took the time to let me know he thought I was a good co-worker.  Your co-workers can truly be family.

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