Hello, my name is Christine James. I am a mother of three beautiful children and I live and gather much of my inspiration on the lovely little Sauvie Island. In recent years I have spent time as the Art Director for a media and pattern making company. My work was fast paced, as I directed the visual aesthetics for all marketing and magazine editorial work for their monthly international publication. I hand selected fabrics, models, styled, and shot all photos for both the monthly magazine, all digital look books, as well as formulating the overall re-branding and modernization of their new website. For seven years previous to my position as Art Director, I envisioned, built and ran two online clothing businesses, marketing and selling to customers world wide. I have been behind the scenes concepting and offering creative direction and styling for many editorial and product shoots, curating and directing various teams of people, spanning numerous brands and styles. I have a sharp eye for detail, while also considering the more natural and imperfect tenderness of wabi-sabi aesthetic. I always bring a deep sense of respect for all hands and hearts that make a creative team. I value everyone's individual and unique contribution, feeling flexible and always willing to follow or lead.
Skills and Responsibilities For Colette Patterns
Art Direction - Worked on and managed numerous visual marketing projects independently and collaboratively at all stages of development. Hosted regular art direction meetings with design team as well as contracted talent and stylists to establish goals for multimedia purposes.
Brand Direction and Creative Concepting - Conceptualized mood and theme for for monthly magazine, pattern releases, design collaborations, and overall visual aesthetic for the 2015/2016 style and branding guide.
Creative Direction - Created digital and physical mood boards to set the tone for all physical + digital marketing including physical style guides, books and editorial advertisement.
Prop Sourcing and Styling - Established colorway and styling for pattern releases, purchased fabric, contracted sample sewers for photoshoot garments. Responsible for visual execution of wardrobe for shoots including steaming, assembling, styling, sourcing and returning clothing, along with jewelry borrowed from local Portland designers.
Talent/Model Direction - Created a model roster complete with a diverse set of talent. Responsible for sharing mood board, sending out call sheets and working directly with their agencies for fit to book sessions.
Set Design and Management - Created streamlined shot lists with all noted wardrobe changes for in studio and multiple locations around the Portland area.
Photography Art Direction - Hire regular photo assistant for photo shoot dates, shoot and edit product and lookbook shoots within a very short timeframe.
Other Skills :
Social Media Management
Graphic Design Art Direction
Wardrobe and accessory sourcing
Crew Management/Shoot Day Organization
Talent / Model Rate Negotiation Experience
Retail Shipping and Billing
Small Business Management + Administration
Establishing Brand / Manufacturer Relationships ( Imogine + Willie, Kiriko )
Contract Design Hiring + Management: Web, Print, Branding Marketing Collateral
Expert Pie Baker
Digital Portfolio: http://www.christinepower.portfoliobox.io
Seamwork Magazine: https://www.seamwork.com
Camillia Heirloom + Modern: https://camilliaheirloom.squarespace.com