Maya E Shakur

Freelance Children's Book Illustrator & Illustrator

Location:Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
2 Skills
Savannah College of Art and Design - BFA - Fashion Design (2015) ~ Study abroad SCAD; Lacoste, France (2013)
To create sustainable and eco-freindly art. To create new norms regarding gender and race through creative communication. To remind us of the natural world that surrounds and supports us.
Watercolor Tile Design - Artistic Tile, Inc. - 2019, Remote - Market research in interior design trends. Watercolor concepts & color palettes to reflect client’s needs. Color matching to mix paint to Pantone chip. Large-scale, production level watercolors to be sent to factory.

Product & Social Media Illustration - Frederick & Sophie, UG - 2017-2019, Remote - Characters based on a provided storyline for an online department store selling products via storytelling & blogging. Fabrication of watercolor art illustrating characters utilizing store products shown in different settings including interiors, landscapes, & dreamscapes.

Sole Proprietorship - Studio Maï - est. 2017 - Created a business providing handmade apparel, accessories, zero-waste products & eco-friendly childrenswear. Apparel trend research. Strategized low-waste production methods. Developed products from concept through fabrication. Directed photo shoots of products. Experimented pop-up shops to test product
selling points. Set up Etsy shop, ad campaigns, & social media content for promotional purposes. Sourced materials. Hand-constructed garments from prototype to finished pieces.

Assistant Designer - The Children’s Place, Inc. - 2015, NJ - Assisted boys’ woven and knit apparel teams with concept to production tasks. Presenta- tion boards for Creative Director with design updates, color, print & pattern allocation, fabric & trim pitches including cost analysis of garment. Communicated with overseas production facilities. Analyzed color & print samples. Attended fittings & communicated alterations to in-house tech team. Organized design archives. Designed garments for production based on market/trend research. Kept design history up to date with online software.

Design Intern - GAP, Inc. - 2014, NY - Assisted boy’s activewear & knitwear apparel departments with organization of design space. Created prints for knit tops using Adobe Illustrator. Entered garment details into PLM software. Participated in intern Innovation Team Project & pitched in full presentation including research and design process.

Muralist - Multiple Clients - 2014, 2019, NM & Italy - Designed & created three murals for multiple clients. Created sketch options & prepared enlargements for final productions.

SCAD MOA: Little Black Dress Exhibit - Assistant to André Leon Talley in preparation of the exhibit; Santa Fe IFAM - Artist’s Assistant; Music and Fashion Show: Dillard’s - Model Dresser; Boys and Girls Club - Dance Instructor; Savannah Animal Shelter; Savannah Elementary Schools; United Church of Santa Fe.

Adobe Creative Cloud
Microsoft Office Suite
PLM Software
Apparel Design
Sewing/Surface Design
Pattern Making
Color Discrimination