Applicable Skills

Design 

  • Furniture Design

  • Interior Design

  • Architectural Design

  • Lighting Design

  • Color Theory

  • Composition

  • Textures

Construction

  • Woodworking (Traditional / Machine)

  • Basic Construction (Structures)

  • Laser Cutter

  • CNC

  • Sewing / Basic Upholstery

Computer / Rendering

  • Hand Drafting

  • Hand Illustration

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Adobe Illustrator

  • Basic Compositing

  • Lighting/Textures/Modeling in 3D Programs

  • Web Design

Owner, Floopalina (Design / Build / Teach)

2003 - Present

Design / build projects including custom furniture, artwork, and outdoor building projects

  • Custom furniture designed and built on spec and on commission

  • The Rones Treehouses - commissioned twin treehouses (design, trim out, assisted in major construction)

  • "Happy Hut" - on site pop-up lounge space for kids, featured in Austin Mini Maker Faire 2014

  • "Slice of Life" - design, organization, and fabrication for collaborative artwork for 16 artists. On long term loan at The Laura Bush Library

  • Reclaimed lumber artists' display space - Austin's Pizza at the 263, Cuernavaca Dr., Austin (design and construction)

 

Teaching (kids): Maker’s Club, sewing classes and summer camps, drawing skills, Cuernavaca Arts Cooperative Summer Art Academy, and Bee Cave Arts Foundation Summer Art Camp
 

 

The Cuernavaca Arts Cooperative (Volunteer Position)

2014 - Present

Co-Founder, Vice-President, and Chair of Communications and Public Relations
Founder, manager, and teacher for CAC Summer Art Academy
Served on Group Show, Community Outreach, and Social committees
Helped create and produce multiple group gallery shows for our member artists

Built and manage website

 

Visiting Lecturer, Texas A&M University, Visualization Laboratory

2012 - Fall Semester

Taught a graduate level fundamentals course titled “Design Communication I” in the Visualization Laboratory.
This course covered graphic design, color theory, lighting, composition, and multi-media design.  We focused on both virtual (in computer) and physical installation art.

 

Senior Technical Director, Blue Sky Studios (Contract Basis)

Technical Director, Lighting Lead, and Senior Technical Director (full time), Blue Sky Studios

2003 - 2013 (2 to 3 months out of every 12 to 18 months)

Blue Sky Studios, subsidiary of Fox Entertainment, Greenwich, CT

Responsibilities: Lighting design and implementation, compositing
Films completed: Robots, Horton Hears a Who, Ice Age 3, Rio, Ice Age 4, Epic

 

 

1997 - 2002

Blue Sky Studios, subsidiary of Fox Entertainment, White Plains, NY

Responsibilities: CG modeling, texturing, lighting design, compositing, Lighting Lead (management)
Films: Bunny (won Academy Award for Best Short Film, 1998), Ice Age, plus multiple commercial projects

 

Assistant Interior Designer (High End Residential)

1993 - 1994

Corley Design Associates, Dallas, TX

Responsibilities: Custom furniture design, project management, interior design / furnishings selection, and management of full house installations

 

Formal Education

Master of Visualization Science

1994 - 1997

Texas A&M University
Department of Architecture

   (now the Department of Visualization)

Bachelor of Environmental Design

1989 - 1993

Texas A&M University
Department of Architecture

Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Fabrication Education and Experience

  • Primarily self-taught with some coursework

  • Father is a carpenter, and I work with him on construction projects at my home

  • Self-directed work in the wood shop at Texas A&M University (periodically, 1991 – 1996)

  • Welding 101 (Oxy-Acetylene) Mountain View Jr. College (1995)

  • Woodworking 101, SUNY Purchase College, Westchester, NY (1999)

  • Built out my own wood shop (2002)

  • Joined Tech Shop, Round Rock (Jan 2015) – acquired laser cutter skills and CNC experience


For the past 12 years I have been primarily a stay at home mom, with intermittent opportunities for work, including:

  • My own small company, Floopalina (art, design, building, and teaching)

  • Renovation (extensive design and assisted with construction work in our own home, including a full kitchen remodel)

  • Volunteer work (Cuernavaca Arts Cooperative and creative projects at Valley View Elementary)

  • Contract work (Texas A&M Visiting Lecturer, contract CGI work at a former employer – Blue Sky Studios)

Professional Design History