& Social Designer
I am a craftsperson and designer with a keen interest in public sector design and social innovation. Whether working with my hands to create objects, installations and experiences, or employing design methods to re-frame and tackle complex problems, my approach to design is human-centered and process driven. I am interested in designing communications, products, systems, services, strategies, interventions, tools and policy - whatever it takes to address the core issue at hand.
Design Consultant - Intern
DOBLIN - A Deloitte Business
This four-month summer internship focussed on working within two of the three main practitioner tracks in design and insights at Doblin. Working within an interdisciplinary team and using a human-centered design approach, I created tangible and compelling artifacts and tools, designed and executed the experience around participatory workshops, analyzed field research and synthesized information that connected insights to opportunities in order to solve complex problems using a rigourous approach.
Textile Artist & Designer
2009 - Present
Project planning, project management, research, idea generation, sketching, prototypes and samples. Execute design and fabrication of large-scale, site-specific installations. Writing artist statements, bios, press releases and project proposals for exhibitions, sponsorships, grants and awards. Branding, web development, liaising with press, publishers, clients, corporate sponsors, contractors and volunteers to oversee the making of projects to the specifications of a design brief.
Executive Director of Operations
OCAD Student Union
2016 - 2018
This is a leadership role in charge of overseeing HR and the daily operations of the OCAD Student Union. Works to improve the student experience by identifying barriers to student success and communicating the needs of the student body, while navigating University governance structures to influence capital plans, policy development and procedures. Responsible for conducting strategic visioning and making recommendations for changes that strengthen the work of the organization in line with the SU's mission and mandate.
Student Services Commissioner
OCAD Student Union
2015 - 2016
Works with Executive Directors and Managers to conduct research and develop recommendations for improvements to student services delivered by the Student Union and OCAD University through committee meetings, roundtable discussions and by meeting with constituents. Create and increase awareness of Student Services through surveys, campaigns and feedback mechanisms, while also participating on committees and sub-committees of the SU and the University.
Harbourfront Centre - Architecture Gallery
& York Quay Gallery
2012 - 2015
Gallery opening and closing duties, set-up and maintenance of AV equipment for installations. Provides information about exhibitions, educational programming and special events. Supervise artworks and organize volunteers during busy hours. Maintain daily communications across multiple gallery spaces. Assist with install, shipping and receiving materials and artworks. Edit artist statements and prepare documentation for print and web.
2018 / Bachelor of Design
My undergrad focussed on honing my skills in research methodologies, user experience design, sustainability and systems thinking, inclusive design, strategic foresight and speculative thinking, with a special focus on community-based work that incorporates participatory design methods with advocacy, policy design, social justice and activism.
Crafts & Design - Textiles
As a major in Textiles, I developed my skills in surface design, dye chemistry, dye & print processes, 2D design, as well as 3D form & structure. My work bridges gaps between traditional textile practice and contemporary art and design, and encompasses sculpture and installation, including interactive and site-specific projects.