452 West 57th St.#3W
Irma Katherine Designs since 1980
Accomplished international textile designer with a unique, broad and in depth blend of corporate and private partnership experience, in global textile arena. Appraised and proven ability in creating and trouble-shooting technical solutions of weaving, in the systematic coordination of all elements of color, texture, pattern, and style. Illustrated, by hand or by computer-aided design. Initiated strategic markets, targeting converters, and showing marked increase in sales by implementing effective cost controls. Introduced, consolidated and launched abstract concept for new textile products, for mass and specialty markets, in new fiber promotions.
1997 - Present Menphis Cad -Tex-in.com Biella, Italy & New York, NY
Software & Textile Design Consultant / Adjunct FIT Professor of Point Carre CAD
Installations, Demonstrations and Design services on Textile Cad. Monarch- Point Carre and Solias.
Warshow swim wear / Berkley Shirt mens wear / Angelique Juniors tops / Crazy Cats import shirts.
Cowtan & Tout home furnishings
1994 - 1996 CMI Industries New York, NY
Director of Technical Design
Market research and analysis, combined with market-driven product development enhanced profits for company 30% to 40% in 1997.
Conceptualized and implemented designs for lycra yarns as wovens.
Researched and provided analysis / creative design services sheer woven fabrics.
1994 Frank IX & Sons / Valtex International / DUA s.r.l. Italy / Antique Textiles New York, NY
Textile Design Consulting / Presentations & Merchandising
Implementing creative design concepts and market strategies to commercialize market trends, assuring large volume sales by 20%.
1991 - 1993 Miss India – Shalini India / New York, NY
Technical Weave Developer and Textile Cad / Caipo Systems Operator
Responsible for lab dips, strike-offs, quality control and ordering sample yardage.
Implemented Textile Cad / Caipo Systems for designing yarns, colors and weaves.
Involved in making recommendations on accessories like buttons and zippers.
Gave final approval on garment fittings.
Sparked increase sales of sportswear for men's, women's and juniors in major accounts.
1990 – 1991 Bluebird Silk Fabrics Corporation New York, NY
Associate Jacquard Technical Designer / Troubleshooter
Creation of Jacquard textiles for Dupont's Micromatique promotion.
Utilized new technology to evaluate yarns and antique textiles.
Orchestrated complex lay-outs and weaves to create home furnishing fabrics.
Maximized the creative process in production facilities.
1989 -1990 Symtech Swiss Systems & Technology South Carolina / New York, NY
Textile Cad -Caipo Promoter / CAD Demo-Trainer and Woven Design Specialist
Demonstrations to major New York accounts.
Trained design staffs and provided technical support on Textile Cad- Caipo software.
1988 -1989 Victor Woollen Products Saint Victor, Quebec, Canada & New York
Director of Woven Design & Director of USA Marketing
Directed all phases of high quality, multi-functional, new product development in a state-of-the-art- facitity for contract upholstery and office paneling sector, both USA and Canadian markets.
Responsible for supremely high quality control in color lab-dips, in hand looms and strike-offs, and in sample and production yardage which resulted in 45% increase in sales.
1987 Trans Designs Austin – New York, NY
Interior Decorator and Commercial Interior Planner
Planned and designed interiors for ten to twenty private clients.
1983 – 1986 Anju-Woodridge Corp. / Anglo Fabrics Corp. / International Textiles New York, NY
Consultant Wovens Designer
Knowledge of special handling of a variety of textiles, both natural fibers and polyester/rayon blends, as well as wool and silk.
Organized and developed concepts, communicating specifications to all divisions of manufacturing and management.
Liason & Consulting Textile Designer / Stylist / Colorist
Styled and developed internationally distributed high end textiles for contract, aircraft, banks, furniture, office paneling, architects, cruise liners, jobbers, decorators, theaters, hotels, interior design firms, and upholstery contract seating market globally.
1980 – 1982 Saint Andrew's Corp. / Adam Watt Fabrics Company UK & New York, NY
Abbotsford Fabrics, Ltd. England
A. Elliot Fine Fabrics, Co. Scotland
Malcolm Campbell, Scotland
Holywell Textile Mills, Wales
Salts of Saltaire, England
Laidlaws, Ltd., Scotland
John Orr, Ltd., Ireland
A & J MacNaughton, Ltd., Scotland
Brook Walker & Co., England
T.M. Hunter, Ltd., Scotland
Dartington Hall Tweeds, England
Scottish Crofters-Weavers, Scotland
Abraham Moon's & Sons Ltd., England
The Illington Mills Group, West Yorshire, England
1979 – 1980 Casa Bella Italy / New York, NY
Consultant Textile Designer
Developed mohair double cloths and woven leather upholsteries.
Communicated the specification to production mills.