Susan Chiasson

Freelance Illustrator & Artist

Location:Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
2 Skills
Susan Chiasson

Albuquerque New Mexico area

Professional Profile

Fashion Accessory Designer with over 20 years of professional experience.

Creative professional with extensive product development experience from concept to prototype. Talents include original jewelry design and product development as well as directing a product development staff from conception to production prototype. Other relevant experience includes costing, budgeting and interacting with customers to secure sales.

Past positions held include design of ladies sterling and designer jewelry, small leather goods, ladies handbags and ladies belts.


? Conceptual and technical sketching of original ideas for both collections and volume driven items.
? Sourcing domestic and international components and materials.
? Conducting and applying fashion and trend research through web, shopping, studying market and peer companies.
? Communication and sales of product with buyers.

? Proficiency in estimating and budgeting design projects and items for preparation of development.

? Process implementation and authoring of tools for budgeting, inter-departmental follow up and communication with customers.

? Proficient in MS Word, Exel, Paint and Power Point.

? Create original designs generating company's main income.

? Contribution and interaction with factory department managers of input of manufacturing steps for ease, efficiency and profitability.

? Directing CAD, costing and documentation departments in new product designs.

? Organizing collections of designs through product samples and documentation for customer review, interaction and to secure orders.
? Authoring, scheduling, enforcing lead time design calendars.

Relevant Experience

? Collaborate with team in the development of sterling silver jewelry.
? Plan and design jewelry collections and product for sales to a large television shopping network.

? Direct in house and contract designers in jewelry design.
? Cost, edit and refine jewelry designs, both self-generated and from contractors.
? Conduct fashion trend research and analysis to author design briefs to drive design direction.
? Author and implement spreadsheets, work sheets and documents to aid in costing, cataloging and follow up development.


03/1999 – 8/2012 Carolyn Pollack Jewelry (Relios) Inc., Albuquerque, NM

Director of Design/ Design Manager/ Senior Designer

Responsible for creative design and direction of sterling silver jewelry that has generated millions of dollars in revenues contributing to consistent double digit growth in sales for the past several years. Involved in all facets of product development. Successfully developed relationships with customers and built a trusted network of suppliers that are sources for jewelry design, CAD services and components in the product.

07/1993 - 03/1999 Architectural Surfaces Inc., Albuquerque, NM

Architectural Sales Representative

Made sales presentations to architects and interior designers of ceramic tile for use in commercial building projects. Developed a database of customers for the company leading to a regular schedule of sales visits to present new products and the updating of the company’s resource library. Specified tile for several large commercial projects including the Albuquerque Airport remodel, several school renovations and commercial buildings.

03/1987 - 03/1991 Leather Shop Inc., West Concord, MA

Head Belt Designer

Designed and developed the volume price point division ladies belt line for the company. The belts were manufactured in the domestic factory on site and in factories locatedin Asia. Worked with sample makers, suppliers of materials and buyers to produce four lines per year. Traveled extensively to overseas factories to conduct all phases of product development.

07/1985 - 10/1987 Sarne Inc., New York City, NY

Handbag Designer

Designed and developed handbags for the company. Communicated with the factories in Taiwan, Hong Kong and India through sketching and design and sourcing specifications. Traveled extensively overseas to several countries to work on design and product development, refinement of design and costing and budgets for items. Conducted fashion trend research within the US and several other countries to generate design ideas.


1980-1984 University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Textile Design

Dean’s List, all 4 years

Related coursework:
Jewelry design class -1984 UMASS-Amherst, Amherst, MA
Handbag design class -1985 Buxton, Agawam, MA
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