EXPERIENCE

I moved from South Africa to the UK in January 2017.  Since then I have been developing my illustration skills and working on other personal creative projects.
FUTURE TREND DESIGNER
Mr Price (aka MRP), Durban, South Africa / www.mrp.com
APRIL 2014 – NOVEMBER 2016

I worked in both the men’s and ladies wear departments as a future trend designer.  My roles and responsibility included the following:
Designing collections
Creating mood boards
Creating flat technical sketches for the Development Team
Researching trends using WGSN and magazines and by examining in store merchandise
Selecting fabrics for development
Working with developers to ensure that garment fits are accurate and complete
Researching concepts and artwork ideas and briefing the graphics team
Correcting amendments on strike-offs of prints and repeats
Developing colour combinations for prints and garments
Creating occasional prints
Testing new shapes and silhouettes
CREATIVE FREELANCER
Johannesburg and Durban
2010 TO 2014

Before my work at Mr Price, I was a creative freelancer pursuing opportunities in the following areas:
Designing and construction of fashion related projects such as wedding dresses and other apparel
Working on projects from concept and research stage through to the development of the final product
Sewing and pattern making
Graphic design and illustration
DESIGNER / CO-OWNER
Future Shock Collective, Johannesburg
2009 TO 2010

Along with two other business partners, I started a label called “Future Shock Collective” (“FSC”) focusing on upmarket, self-tailored, bespoke apparel for both men and women.  My roles included:
Designing the collection - mens and ladies wear
Textile design / developing artwork by hand for the collection
Label designs
Pattern making for the collection
Garment construction

EDUCATION
DIPLOMA IN FASHION DESIGN
LISOF, Johannesburg / 2008

Design / Trend Forecasting / Garment Construction / Pattern Making / History of Fashion / Textiles
My achievements whilst at LISOF were as follows:
Best creative student – 1st year
Top student – 2nd year
Top student – 3rd year
Best range – 3rd year

B.TECH DEGREE IN GRAPHIC DESIGN AND ILLUSTRATION
Natal Technicon, Durban / 2004

Illustration / Drawing / Typography / Editorial / Figure Drawing

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS
Awarded bursary based on merit to study fashion at LISOF
Products designed whilst at Mr Price being featured in local Gracia magazine (2015)
Artist feature in Wove Magazine (October 2013)
South African Fashion Week with Noir Johannesburg (2010)
Fashion design profile published in Business Day newspaper supplement Wanted
Oversized knitted scarves featured in fashion editorial of Cleo magazine
Fashion illustrations featured in South African Elle Magazine
Finalist in Bridal Africa 2007 competition

COMPUTER LITERACY SKILLS
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator

INTERESTS
Foreign cultures • History of art • Costume design • Visual merchandising • Vintage clothing • Architecture • Tailoring • Illustrating • Sewing • Knitting • Visiting museums