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JESSIE SILBERT

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

University of Oregon / Department of Product Design Pro Term Instructor / Portland, OR

Oct 2020 - Dec 2020

Instruct, support and advise 20+ graduate and undergraduate students in the theory and application of soft goods creation and construction over the course of 10 weeks.  Students will gain efficiency in the following:  

Basic materials, content and constructions

Understand the characteristics of knit, woven and non-woven materials

Draft basic patterns

Prep files and operate a laser cutter

Use hot melts and different heat press tools

Back engineer a pattern/product

Operate general soft goods machinery

Ann Taylor / Senior Designer / New York, NY

Sept. 2015 - July 2018

Lead the sportswear and suiting divisions in conceptualizing, design and developing original concepts for the jacket, outwear, pant and suit categories that reflect the aesthetic, brand philosophy and standards of Ann Taylor.

Research and identify on trend inspiration, silhouettes, trim, fabrics, and sketch and CAD designs to present the line and season’s intent to leadership members.

Utilize extensive knowledge of construction to create tech packs, generate specs. Communicate and collaborate with overseas contractors on new concepts, construction, and costing. Work with tech designers and production to ensure feasibility of designs and meet price points.

Coach / RTW Designer / New York, NY

Nov. 2009 - Aug. 2015

Member of a small team of designers responsible for delivering two brand iconic collections a year.

Contribute design ideas, innovate through sketching, draping, prototyping, providing CAD work for print placement, artwork, surface decoration, new hardware developments and technical flat development.

Yigal Azrouel / Associate Designer / New York, NY

Mar. 2008 - Nov. 2009

Assist in design and execution of three collections a year.

Peter Som / Assistant Designer / New York, NY

Oct. 2015 - Feb. 2018

Celestial Buddies / Founder & CEO / Guilford, CT

Assist the creative director in all aspects of the design process to produce two runway collections a year and deliver production to stores including managing the studio and acting as factory liaison.

Dec. 2010 - Present

Plush company founded in 2010.

Earth Plush sent to International Space Center by SpaceX/NASA on the XCrew Dragon Mission in 2019.

EDUCATION

University of Oregon / Portland, OR

Sept. 2018 - June 2020

Master of Science, Sports Product Design

GPA 4.01

Awards:

Koehn Award, June 2020

RAINmaker Award, June 2020

ITAA Annual Conference (Virtual) - 2020 French European Inc. Innovation Design Award

ITAA Design Exhibition - 2019 French European Inc. Innovation Design Award - 1st Place

ITAA Design Exhibition - 2019 ITAA Award for Innovative Design Scholarship Graduate Student Level

MasterClass/ISPO, Munich, Germany, Feb. 2019

Research:

"The Variability of U.S. Women's Plus Size Product Sizing and Self-identified Size 18 Bodies"

June 2019 AHFE Conference, Washington D.C.

"How the U.S. Sport Performance Apparel Industry Sizes Up to Female Plus Bodies"

Oct. 2019 3D Body Tech Conference & Expo, Lugano Switzerland

Wesleyan University / Middletown, CT

Sept. 2000 - May 2004

SKILLS

Bachelor of Arts

Fine Arts / Studio Major

GPA 3.74

Computer Programs

Adobe Creative Cloud:  Illustrator / Indesign / Photoshop

Microsoft:  Word / Excel / Powerpoint

3D CAD: Rhino / Keyshot / Blender

 

Apple Inc:  Keynote / iMovie 

Shima Seiki/SDS-ONE Apex

CLO3D

Prototyping/Making

Patternmaking, Draping/Hand Sketching/Sewing (industrial, Strobel, serger, overstitch

Machine Knit Knowledge/basic programing 

Technical: Garment specing /  tech pack creation /  PLM

Research / Mood Boards / Presentations

Hand Knitting