Freelance Designer + ArtistPoipu, HI
v [at] vanessamassoud.com
California College of the Arts, San Francisco CAFashion Design, September 2003 - May 2005.
University of California, San Diego CAB.S. Biology, May 2000. Graduated Cum Laude, invited into Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society.
University of Hawaii: Windward Community College, Kaneohe HI“ICS-107 Website Development” Course, Fall 2018.
Vanessa Massoud, Koloa HI. Owner, January 2009 - PresentSuccessfully complete jobs in apparel, graphics, and/or art, while being mindful of details and vision. Able to work from concept to finished product, for small business, non-profit, and corporate.
Kauai High School, Lihue HI. Long-term Substitute Art Teacher, October 2021 - December 2021Nurtured students to gain confidence through creative expression and skill-building in drawing, painting, mixed media, and sculpture. Other duties included communicating lesson plans effectively, collaborating well with staff, and classroom management.
National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kalaheo HI. Web & IT Support Intern, Feb 2020 - Oct 2021Helped to update and manage a Wordpress based website. Assisted with IT tasks such as computer set-up & maintenance, cybersecurity, and fiber optics. Contributed graphic designs.
South & Home Interior Design, Kalaheo HI. Junior Designer, April 2021 - July 2021Assisted Principals in all phases of interior design, during the Rise to Work program. Duties included: Helping to create visual concept boards, taking interior measurements for floor plans made in SmartDraw, sourcing furniture, communicating with suppliers, installation, attending client meetings, organizing samples, and creating promotional graphic designs.
Van Go! Art in Schools, Kauaʻi HI. Teaching Artist, August 2013 - April 2018Taught unique art workshops for underserved schools on island. Lessons included drawing of native plants, loom weaving, earth dirt pigment painting, and collage.
The Karmin Group, Montreal QC. Junior Designer, September 2012 - December 2012Created tech packs and basic designs for Paul Black, a menswear line. Adjusted fit from manufacturer samples and communicated measurements to overseas vendors. Researched market trends. Updated styles of the yoga-wear line for Jean Coutu.
Unttld, Montreal QC. Intern, September 2012 - October 2012Cut fabric from patterns, sewed garments, and assisted with the runway show. Worked on a jacket for actress Jennifer Lawrence to wear in Hunger Games.
Point Zero, Montreal QC. Production Designer, July 2012 - August 2012Updated line sheets and tech packs for the women’s junior’s clothing line. Reviewed samples, adjusted fit, communicated fit comments with overseas vendors to ensure changes and timely delivery.
Birds of North America, Montreal QC. Intern, July 2012Helped with quality control and putting finishing touches in garments, for an independent “vintage-style” Montreal-made women’s clothing line.
MachineMachine Apparel, Kalaheo HI. Design Assistant, September 2011 - May 2012Cut fabric from patterns, constructed garments, contributed design & trend solutions, organized workflow, acted as a sounding board, prepared marketing items, and assisted with fittings.
A.Ell Atelier, Kapaa HI. Seamstress and Key Holder, July 2009 - October 2010Constructed eco-friendly garments, independently and in house. Created sales for the retail shop.
Tsunami Marketing, Kalaheo HI. Graphic Production Artist, January 2006 - January 2009Completed design of marketing items. Specialized in preparing artwork for print and web by ensuring color, size, copy, and functionality would match intended design with zero defects. Created art work in line with existing brand elements. Performed detailed, technical and graphic work while meeting tight deadlines. Gained a strong understanding of creating a successful brand and implementing it across platforms.
Surfing Magazine, San Clemente CA. Intern, February 2002 - June 2003Published an article in Surfing Girl Magazine and contributed photography. Wrote for the Daily Grind on Surfline.com.
Ash Francomb, San Diego CA. Intern, February 2002 - June 2003Assisted with production of an independent surf clothing brand. Contributed designs and helped at trade shows.