Carolina Mandia is a textile designer and multimedia artist.

EDUCATION

Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY, New York, USA

• MA, Art Market, 2016

• BFA, Textile Surface Design, 2012

• AAS, Fashion Design, 2010

École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle, Atelier National

d’ Art Textile, ANAT, Paris, France, Spring 2011

DESIGN EXPERIENCE

  • Product Development Manager SAFECO France, June 2021 – Present, Aix en Provence, France

  • Freelance Textile Designer FWSS, Fall/Winter 2020 collection, Oslo, Norway

  • Textile Designer SAFECO France, June 2019 – November 2021, Aix en Provence, France

  • Design Manager and Artist Liaison BravinLee Editions by BravinLee Programs, May 2016 - June 2019, New York

  • Textile Designer Echo Design, Ralph Lauren and Echo Custom scarves and accessories- January 2017 – January 2019, New York

  • Freelance Textile Designer Royale Linens, June 2015 - December 2017, New York

  • Freelance Textile Designer Sunham Home Fashions, June 2016 - December 2016, New York

  • Freelance Textile Designer Arlee Home Fashions, April 2016 - October 2016, New York

  • Design Manager Indigo Home, August 2016 - January 2017, New York

  • Design Manager Tufenkian Carpets, August 2015 – August 2016, New York

  • Textile Design CAD Specialist NedGraphics Inc., January 2013 – July 2015, New York

  • Design Manager Sacco Carpet, June 2012 – January 2013, New York

  • Trend Researcher - Print Designer Ready Made Graeff + Schmelzer GmbH, June 2010 - August 2010, Hamburg, Germany

  • Textile Design Assistant Ana Livni, September 2003 - November 2004, Montevideo, Uruguay

FASHION RETAIL EXPERIENCE

  • Sales Associate Jil Sander, May 2008 - September 2008, New York

  • Sales Associate Etro, September 2006 - May 2008, New York

  • Sales Associate Issey Miyake, March 2006 - September 2006, New York

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Computer Aided Design - NedGraphics Fashion Studio and Easy Weave, Fashion Institute of Technology, 

SUNY Spring 2018 - New York

OTHER EXPERIENCE

  • Executive Assistant Special Representative of the World Bank to the United Nations, September 2008 - June 2010, New York

AWARDS

  • 2012 Home Fashion Products Association

  • 2011 Warp & Weft Rug Design Competition

  • 2011 Fondation Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Scholarship

SKILLS & EXPERTISE

  • Drawing and hand-painting 

  • Concept development and art direction

  • Good understanding of emerging and current trends in both fashion and interior design markets

  • Ability to adapt vintage designs to fit current trends

  • Ability to easily interpret inspiration to create new designs that relate back to a brand identity

  • Good color sense and ability to create striking colorway options for any design

  • Expert in color indexing and cleaning tonal and flat artwork in preparation for engraving screens

  • Jacquard design development

  • Experience developing placement prints in ready to wear

  • Experience working fast and effectively in the development of product for a fashion show and catalogue photo shoot

  • Attention to detail

  • Fast critical thinking to solve design problems

  • Excellent organisation and communication skills

  • Ability to liaise and communicate successfully between design teams and factories for the production of textile designs,

garments and home goods

  • Experience creating specs for product development

  • Excellent networking skills

  • Ability to lead and teach, as well as working in a team

  • Proficient in several spoken and written languages

COMPUTER SKILLS

  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro)

  • Pointcarre Jacquard Weaving

  • NedGraphics Fashion Studio, Printing Pro, Easy Weave, Dobby Pro, Easy Knit, Easy Map and Storyboard

  • Microsoft Office

LANGUAGES

Fluent in English - Spanish - French – Italian 

Basic Norwegian - Portuguese

INTERESTS

  • Member of Independent Curators International

  • Member of the American Alliance of Museums

  • Member of the Hajji Baba Rug Society of New York

  • Member of The Film-Makers' Cooperative, New York

Contact Me

+33 06 40 18 57 06