Tamara Cullen

Freelance Fashion Illustrator & Illustrator

1957
Location:Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, United States
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/tamaracullen
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TAMARA L. CULLEN
Portfolio: www.styleportfolio.com/tlc
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OBJECTIVE:
To obtain a rewarding position that will utilize my design and illustration skills and become an important part of a vital company and industry.

EDUCATION:
Kent State University’s SHANNON RODGERS AND JERRY SILVERMAN’S
SCHOOL OF FASHION DESIGN AND MERCHANDISING Major: Fashion Design

DESIGN SKILLS:
Designed, illustrated and developed quality product with attention to detail, style
Researched trends and created various boards for detailed presentations
Assessed company’s needs, wants, purpose and function of garment for development
Strong illustration by hand, using various media, or computer to communicate concept
Created flats and working sketches to design specifications
Collected fabrics, notions foundations, and accessories to fit design
Built muslin prototypes to test design for accuracy, cost and time considerations
Sensitive to color, style, taste, and time
Checked fit, recorded revisions/fit comments, communicated information in tech packs
Created tech packs and ensured timely production of samples, TOPs
Attentive to company brand and customer in considering comfort, taste, function, style

PATTERNMAKING AND
CONSTRUCTION SKILLS:
Adept at draping patterns from dress forms or client body
Knowledge of construction, recommended most effective, efficient methods to ensure quality
Solved fit problems through alterations, pattern revisions, fit correction
Proofed, measured, inspected samples to company need and design specification
Formulated design variations using cut and slash methods
Executed layout, cut and assembly of product, tracked production times with factories/agent
Approved fabric care methods including pressing and scheduling dry cleaning time

LEADERSHIP/
MANAGEMENT SKILLS:
Evaluated all notions, trims, proto samples to ensure quality, attention to detail,
Marketed business through client word-of-mouth and self-promotion
Successfully applied social marketing techniques thereby increasing business
Analyzed client satisfaction through follow-up phone conversations
Lead a team in working smoothly with cross functional partners to produce quality products
Managed, maintained, followed marketing plan, and budgeted a small business

COMPUTER SKILLS:
Experienced with U4ia CAD
Utilized Microsoft Office Software, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
Microsoft Office, Publisher and Power Point

WORK HISTORY:
T. L. COUTURE: Cuyahoga Falls, OH 1993-present
Designer, owner
Strong illustration skills, flat pattern, technical sketches, patternmaking
Design, pattern and construct special occasion wear for clients, including costumes
Responsible for all design work, client consults, and designer assisted shopping
Instituted a strong personal customer service program from consultation to delivery
Careful selection of color, and quality fabrics
Assisted designer with color, inspiration boards, concept development, made length
Changes or alterations to patterns, created illustrations, some phone work, created
Swatch samples and organized fabrics, designed forms and worksheets for inventory
Fabric classification and patternmaking from illustration, first drafts and corrections

VERA WANG LUXE: Akron, OH 2007
Design assistant/ Assistant Patternmaker
Assisted in creating patterns, illustration, assisted designer in creation of couture bridal gowns, Communicated with vendors, organized fabrics, inspected lace and embroidery, created tech packs pages, altered patterns, created construction manuals for production, checked color, created forms, shipping duties, transferred patterns to oak tag, organized patterns

J MARCO CATALOG: Seville, OH 2006
Technical designer for women’s dresses, blouses, outerwear
Work with buyers on selected garments, evaluating and reviewing fit, heading fittings
Deal with international and domestic vendors and factories, check and revise specs, grading
Check construction and detailing of garments, suggest improvements for fit, fabrication
Ensure quality of garments, use patternmaking and illustration and tech sketching
Lead presentations I created in Power Point, illustrated and submitted designs, researched trends in color, silhouettes, fabrics, created boards to display trend research. Monitored production schedules, evaluated samples and communicated fit comments to factories/vendors.

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY: Kent, OH
Cutter, stitcher, first hand to costume designer , illustrate for designer
Layout pattern, cut and stitch, attend fittings, alterations
Work as assistant to costume designer

DAVID’S BRIDAL, Canton, Oh
Held fittings, consulted clients on proper undergarments to ensure proper fit,
Performed construction and alterations as appropriate for each gown

DOREEN LEAF DESIGN, Hartville, Oh
Measured clients, held fittings, made alterations to garments, designed veils,
Performed customer service, worked with fine, special bridal fabrics and laces

COSTUME DESIGN, Kent, OH
Research, sketch, design and construction of costumes, fabric selection, alteration
Cut, assembled, proofed and fit designer’s first draft and readied it for production
Assistant Designer for several theater productions in Cleveland’ main theaters, ballet
Assisted Suzy Campbell in production of 3 “Slider Babies” 2005 (CLEVE. INDIANS)
Stitcher for Great Lakes Theater Festival

NOTABLES
Assembled and ran Bridal show for a Bridal Showcase
Designer in Natatorium Bridal and Health convention
Speaker on fit and how to choose a gown in Bridal Seminars
Notary, Chair and organize an Art Contest for the Cuyahoga Falls City School System!
Assisted the Chamber of Commerce in a number of business networking luncheons
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TAGS
illustrator, illustration, sketching, technical flats, flats, back view, flat pattern, drawing,
photoshop, illustrate, hand sketching, rendering, patterning, patterns, apparel, design, fashion design