Freelance Designer + ArtistKoloa, HI
v [at] vanessamassoud.com
University of Hawaii: Windward Community College, Kaneohe HI“ICS-107 Website Development” Course, Fall 2018.
California College of the Arts, Oakland 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.
- Fashion illustration
- Garment construction
- Natural textile dyeing
- Mood concept boards
- Merchandising display
- Art direction
- Adobe illustrator
- Adobe photoshop
- Adobe inDesign
- Content writing
- Conceptual art
RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE
Vanessa Massoud, Koloa HI. Owner, January 2009 - Present.Creative services offered to a wide range of clients in small business, non-profit, and corporate. Work done in increments or managed from start to finish, in apparel, product, print, web, art and photography. Webfolio at www.vanessamassoud.com
The Karmin Group, Montreal QC. Junior Designer, September 2012 - December 2012.Created 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 2012.Cut 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 2012.Updated 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 2012.Cut 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 2010.Constructed eco-friendly garments, independently and in house. Created sales for the retail shop.
Tsunami Marketing, Kalaheo HI. Graphic Production Artist, January 2006 - January 2009.Completed 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 2003.Published 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 2003.Assisted with production of an independent surf clothing brand. Contributed designs and helped at trade shows.
ART TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Waimea Canyon Middle School, Waimea HI. Substitute Art Teacher, February 2015 - Present.Sharing knowledge of art and design principles in an engaging, experiential, and inclusive manner. Lessons have included ceramics, drawing, painting, and installation art.
Van Go! Art in Schools, Kauai HI. Teaching Artist, August 2013 - Present.Teaching unique art workshops for underserved schools on Kauai. Lessons have included drawing of native plants, loom weaving, and earth dirt pigment painting & collage.
Hina Mauka, Waimea HI. Teen CARE Counselor, October 2010 - September 2011.In addition to counseling duties, taught documentary photography as a way to empower teens by developing self-expression and self-awareness through artistic medium.