Victoria F. Armentrout

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Victoria is an experienced Designer / Technician, with over 25 years in the field of home interiors, surface design and manufacturing. Victoria has a vast technical background that encompasses; a strong sense of color, education in art history and architecture, printing processes & surface design, mill production, furniture manufacturing and communication with production sources. She is very comfortable with construction methods and environmental design.

In 2009, she started her own consulting design & decorating business; Oval LLC. Over the last six years she has partnered with some of the most respected factories & designers in the industry – creating collections that have taken me around the globe: Turkey, China, India and North America. In 2010, Victoria received her Leeds GA Certification in environmental design & construction materials.

Victoria has now partnered with BIOS to bring environmental design to our customers and for our development projects such as BIOS Centers.

From 1997 to 2009, I was Executive Vice President of Design – at P/Kaufmann inc. Victoria traveled extensively: sourcing, overseeing manufacturing & quality, and designing products distributed through our various corporate divisions. In 2008 she initiated the: P/Kaufmann Outdoor, an ecological collection of textiles and decorative soft furnishings, with Green Textiles certification. Currently, Victoria is Dir. of Design at Heritage Fabrics LLC. in North Carolina – she commutes back and forth during the month.

Back Ground:

Create, Innovate & Design: with extensive experience in international sourcing, textile design, production, quality control, converting and finished products – the studio can offer you the services & experience of more than 25+ years of working in the Textile & Home Furnishings industry. Freelance, Contract & Full Time opportunities available.

Proven capabilities: all levels of fabric design & development, woven and print, color & trend forecasting, mill production, engineering, supplier communication with an emphasis on “Lifestyle” brand collections. Excellent skills in building relationships with vendors, manufacturers, retailers, trend research, and future clients.

Oval llc. Studio

Oval llc. Studio

Work in progress

Work in progress

Experience

(Victoria) Owner / Principal Consultant

Oval LLC.

– Present (6 years 8 months)

Highly creative and detail-oriented Design and Product Development Individual with extensive accomplishments in textile product development and color and trend research in the home decorating and fashion industries. Proven ability to manage all phases of product design from concept through completion with attention to performance, budgets, time frames, quality and product specifications.

Evteks

Evteks

Hiemtex

Hiemtex

(Victoria) Founder

Keavija – Consulting & Design

– Present (23 years 11 months)Greater New York City Area

Designer – Furniture, Fabrics & Environments. Speciality: antiques & ethnographic fabrics. Extensive experience in designing, merchandising, and selling exceptional finished product. Some of our wonderful eclectic discoveries are on ETSY: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Keavija

Keavija - At Home

Keavija – At Home

Keavija - Etsy shop

Keavija – Etsy shop

Director/Founder

Camp Kayak – creative arts project / Camp Kayak USA inc.

– Present (6 years 6 months)Grenada

Camp Kayak is a Grenadian Non-profit and a certified USA non-profit 501c/3 – Located in Carriacou, Grenada, WI. This summer camp is a scholarship based activity for local children ages 8-12…a daily schedule of arts, crafts, fitness, nutrition, and fun! 100+ children attend each summer for 2-3 week sessions each. Our mission is to enlighten, educate, and inspire through various forms of Creative Arts, Natural Sciences, Sports, Music and Drama.

All the Team summer 2013

All the Team summer 2013

Painting Class

Painting Class

Executive VP- Director of Design, Woven Textiles

P/Kaufmann inc.

(12 years)Greater New York City Area

Responsible for all woven product design & development. Corporate Board Member from 2005. Executive Design Director for the following Divisions: P/Kaufmann, Braemore, Bloomcraft Home, Western Textiles & various licenses within the brands. Extensive international travel for Sourcing, Design & Development. Established and managed staff in our Shanghai sourcing offices. Developed & Launched sustainable products line within P/Kaufmann inc., involving the restructuring and engineering of new mill technologies overseas & modified warehouse practices domestically. Responsible for corporate Quality Control.

Director of Design / Jacquard & Dobby

Doran – Fox Wells

(3 years)Greater New York City Area

Responsible for the development of dobby and Jacquard fabrics for the decorative furnishings market, working directly with the converters, jobbers and manufactures, merchandising new/fashion-forward fabrics. Regular mill travel to work on novelty yarns, new blends, and aid in the manufacturing of critical projects. Reports on travel and trade shows.

Director of Design – Apparel / Home Furnishings
Marion Fabrics

(5 years)Greater New York City Area

New development for apparel and home furnishings greige goods, piece dye, and yarn dye fabrics, Extensive computer design, Trend research and forecasting, Internal yarn development, involvement in all areas of mill manufacturing. Instrumental in the development of the their home furnishings fabric collections, apparel & fashion designs – new yarns, qualities, and marketing. Technically involved on government spec programs & contracts

Honors & Awards

Honoree – October 2013

L’Esterre Youth In Action Organization, inc. Brooklyn, NY

“In recognition of your unselfish dedication, thoughtfulness and untiring efforts in your support for the children of Carriacou and Petite Martinique”

Guest Panelist – June 2009

MBF Trend Consulting

Round table Discussion “live” Web-cast: Moving Sustainability Forward

Guest Lecturer / Discussion Leader – 1995, 1996

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

Lecturer on the subject of: Textiles, various weights, constructions, uses, methods of manufacturing and textile history.

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Chief Advisor to the Board

Camp Kayak USA inc.

Children

I have been an integral part of the development of our brand, media marketing, newsletters, social media and website design. Camp Kayak has been operating for more than 4 years, and I have enjoyed involvement in the organization of volunteers, student curriculum, classes and summer events. We have had more than 400 children attend our program for free during our past summers. I am currently only…more

Advisory Member to the Board

Branford Artists Collective

(3 years 1 month)Arts and Culture

Advisor to the board of directors on matters of Social Media, Board events, fundraising, artists membership, and juried admission.

Seasonal Volunteer

PAM – Programme for Adolescent Mothers

(2 years 9 months)Children

Taught tailoring, mending, and sewing & crafts to adolescent mothers in need of vocational skills.

Opportunities Victoria F. is looking for:

  • Joining a nonprofit board

Projects

Textile Consultant / Archivist / Interior Design to Julian’s Interiors – Madison, CT

Research and development of new textile collections, management of all dealer collections in Wallpaper, Carpet, Textiles and Drapery. Integral part of the design team sourcing case goods, lighting and accessories for the home.

Textile / Retail market consultant to ARTEE fabrics & home – East Coast, USA(Link)

Merchandising, PR, personal, customer service, events, advertising and marketing liaison – to Arti B. Mehta and the regional store locations in New York, and Connecticut.

Brand Devlopment & Designer for D’Decor Fabrics, Mumbai India

Developed / Designed woven & print products for export collections.

Brand Development & Designer for Kucukcalik Texstil, Inegol Turkey

Developed / Designed Woven & Printed fabrications for local and export markets.

Languages
  1. French

Skills

Top Skills
  • Textiles
  • Brand Development
  • Apparel
  • Fashion
  • Trend
  • Product Development
  • Merchandising
  • Wovens
  • Interior Design
  • Trend Analysis
Victoria F. also knows about…
  • Furniture
  • Product Design
  • Retail
  • Furnishings
  • Creative Direction
  • Sewing
  • Concept Development
  • Styling
  • Sourcing
  • Bedding
  • Weaving
  • Fashion Design
  • Antiques
  • Global Sourcing

Education

Parsons School of Design – The New School

Bachelor’s of Art, Textiles & Art History, University

Activities and Societies: Philosophy of Art, Study of Craftsmanship