rose designworks

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When working as a graphic design professional, I tried to incorporate my training in textile design and love of pattern and ornament into as many assignments as I could. Although I very much enjoyed my work and felt lucky to be making a living in a creative field, I often found myself craving the smells of my gouache paints (brilliant yellow really does smell like lemon pie) and the sound of my favorite sable brush gliding over the paper.

I would occasionally paint for my own enjoyment and filled many areas of my own home with my work. New friends and visitors would remark, "How clever to frame vintage fabric" or "Is that antique wallpaper?" When I realized that with the astonishing advances in digital art reproduction, I was no longer limited to having my designs printed on fabric in factories, I began designing and painting with interior design in mind. To keep fresh and paint in a larger, looser style, I also indulge my long love for colorful textiles by painting large, patterned scarves as one of a kind pieces of wearable art.

my backyard studio

After several grueling moves over the years with my 6' x 4' professional drafting table (spiral staircase, old farmhouse), I now draw and paint my designs in my backyard studio, which my husband built for me from the ground up. It is a tiny but perfect space, eleven evenly spaced steps out the back door, a completely dedicated workspace.

It is however, quite a change from taking a cable car to work! Prior to establishing Rose Designworks, I lived in San Francisco and worked as a graphic designer and proposal coordinator at Bechtel Industrial, a division of one of the world's largest engineering and construction firms. There I worked on proposals and business development presentations for such companies as Motorola, General Motors, Pfizer, Proctor & Gamble and Genentech. Previously, I served as a special event coordinator for Kimpton Hotels, marketing and organizing business meetings and events at one of their upscale Embarcadero Center restaurants.