Name

Alyssa Lichtenstein

About

I approach clothing as a three dimensional canvas, wrapping my designs around the form, unhindered by seams. The fabric and thread become my paints, and the needle my brush. Often, I layer different colors and textures of material, reflecting my painting style, while nature remains a consistent theme throughout many of my designs, as in my environmental dress. The dress features a frayed asymmetrical neckline and hem, representing the irregularity of nature. Printed words such as “protect” and “conserve” express the importance of caring for the environment while a web of fabric strips, eyelash yarn, and digitally printed cotton leaves wraps around the dress, adding many layers of rich texture. In some cases, I actually paint on the fabric itself, as in my silk pieces, and I find the dyes behave very similarly to watercolors. As in all of the rest of my work, painting or otherwise, I am driven by color, the way hues mix and blend, along with light, and its effects on different surfaces.

EDUCATION:

London College of Fashion
M.A. in Digital Fashion

University of California, Davis
B.S. in Design, concentration in Fashion and Textiles, June 2007, GPA: 3.96

HONORS AND AWARDS:

2009, Exhibitor, “Textile Fusion” Fashion Show, Surface Design Association

2007, Departmental Citation For Outstanding Undergraduate Accomplishment in Design, UCD

2007, Excellence in Design, UCD Design Department

2007, Outstanding Contribution to Design, UCD Department

2007, Design History Award, UCD Design Department

2007, First Place, Design By Design Show, UCD Design Museum

2007, Best of Show, First Place in Category, UCD Fashion Research Conference

2006, Recipient, President’s Undergraduate Fellowship

2006-2007, Presenter, UCD Undergraduate Research Conference

2005, Honorable Mention for Art to Wear, Pacific International Quilt Festival

2005, Exhibitor, International Textile & Apparel Association

2005, Second Place, UCD Fashion Research Conference

2005, Exhibitor, Design By Design Show, UCD Design Museum

2005-2007, University of California Regents Scholarship

2005, Member, Phi Kappa Phi

2005, Member, Golden Key

2004, Member, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars

2004-2005, Jack T. Pickett Scholarship

2004-2005, Edward Kraft Prize Scholarship

2003-2004, Henry A. Jastro Scholarship

EXPERIENCE:

June 2012-Present

Textile Designer, Sanders Textiles, London, UK
• Developing or altering surface designs
• Creating colour separated CADs
Software used: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, NED Graphics

Feb 2012-Present

Noname Designs, London, UK
Freelance Textile Print Designer
• Developing surface designs to fit a variety of briefs
• Hand drawing and painting design elements
Software used: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator

Jan 2012-June 2012

PRISM, London, UK
Freelance Textile Designer/Developer
• Researching fabric
• Developing surface treatments and designs
• Contacting textile suppliers
• Maintaining library of fabric swatches
• Software used: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Excel, Adobe Illustrator

Aug 2011-Present

The British Museum, London, UK
Samsung Digital Discovery Centre Facilitator
• Leading creative digital technology based workshops for kids
• Quickly learning to use software and equipment
• Remaining calm in stressful situations
• Software and technology used: Adobe Photoshop, scanners

Sept 2010-Dec 2011

Digital Print Bureau, London College of Fashion, London, UK
Intern
• Creating colourway swatches for clients
• Putting designs into repeat
• Engineering prints
• Monitoring digital textile printers
• Loading and setting up printers
• Steaming printed fabric
• Scheduling client appointments
• Software used: Adobe Photoshop, AVA, Gerber

2009-2010

Robyn Young-Basso Designs, Redwood City, CA,

Technical Designer-Patternmaking, Sewing samples

2009-2010

Samba Mundial, Mountain View, CA

Costume Designer-Designing and Creating costumes for samba performances

2008-2010

Gr.dano, San Francisco, CA

Intern-Patternmaking, Sewing samples

2008-2009

Porto LLC, San Francisco, CA

Intern-Completing cost sheets and pattern charts, Updating inventory data

2008-2009

Arclight Repertory Theatre San Jose, CA

Costume Designer-Designing costumes, Creating costumes while staying within budget

2007-2008

Silica Surf Co., San Carlos, CA

Technical/Graphic Designer-Drawing flats and writing construction instructions, Creating surface designs

2007-Present

Alyssa Lichtenstein Designs, San Jose, CA

Freelance Fashion and Textile Designer-Designing and constructing custom eveningwear and maternity outfits, Creating unique custom textiles

2007

Ana Lisa Hedstrom Designs, Emeryville, CA

Intern-Assisting with surface design and embellishment techniques, Helping with production

2007

UC Davis Design Department, Davis, CA

Sewing Lab Assistant-Maintaining machines and equipment, Assisting students

2006-2007

Flavia Dawson, San Francisco, CA

PAD Instructor-Instruction in using the PAD System for CAD, Assistance in digitizing patterns

2003-2007

UC Davis Design Department, Davis, CA
Teaching Assistant-Answering student questions, Organizing study sessions

2003-2007

UCD Runway Designers Club, Davis, CA

Organizing and producing design student fashion shows, Participating in fashion shows, Creating garment collections to present in fashion shows

Leadership:

2004-2006-Fundraising Committee Co-chair

2006-2007-Club Co-president/Fashion show chair

RELATED EXPERIENCE:

2006-present

Painting Instructor

2003-present

Watercolor Artist

2000-present

Muralist

2000-present

Jewelry Designer

References and portfolio available upon request.

Specialties

  • textile design
  • fashion design
  • costume design
  • patternmaking
  • painting
  • digital imaging
  • fashion illustration
  • murals
  • costuming
  • drawing
  • jewelry design

Skills

  • textile design
  • weaving
  • Adobe photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • colour separation for screen print
  • PAD for CAD system
  • lampworking
  • adobe styledraper
  • surface design-dyes and pigments
  • digital inkjet printing
  • wirework
  • pattern drafting
  • silk screen pr