About

Experience

I am well trained in the technical side of cloth construction (Dobby and Jacquard design). I have a good understanding of all problems and processes in the manufacturing  – as well as costing and quality control.
 
As a designer I conceptualize, visualize and formulate ranges (as well as the end product and how it fits in as a whole).
 
I have dealt with wholesalers, retailers and furniture manufacturers (and the so called in house designers / buyers who select ranges for each establishment and various markets).
 
I have experience in dealing with CMT companies.
 
I have mastered Jacquard programme – Scotweave for Windows and Dobby programme -CIS (powered by Silicon Graphics).
 
I would like to emphasize my strong marketing, communication and negotiating skills.
 
I have traveled overseas extensively and am well presented.
 
I am a highly conceptual person and very analytical.
 
I have strong decorating abilities and interpreting customers’ “handwriting” and briefs.
 
I have a natural intuition for trend spotting as well as accuracy in forecasting and making projections – both in the clothing and interior sectors (my fashion pulse is switched spot-on).
 
My strength of character delivers fresh seasons with vigour and excitement.
 
My market knowledge is strong and I am a leader who manage and motivate.
 
I believe that I can be beneficial in many organizations / companies / establishments – due to my in depth knowledge regarding cloth making, production, developing of ranges, design from fibre to fabric, and also good understanding of the marketplace as a whole.
 
I am also an artist and express myself in the medium of painting.
 
I have a strong interest in photography and a zeal for styling.

Philosophy

“My passion is to be concise and truthful in projecting my vision, and therefore maintaining my own unique standard in everything.
I am satisfied when I know I did the utmost with materials available – to fulfill specific purpose / criteria / brief / market or budget – to give the best possible value for money in quality and Style.

 

As a designer it is my responsibility to educate and make the client aware of value, quality and timeless Design.”

 

From Fibre to Fabric

 

I visualize and conceptualize – in detail – the appearance / character and handle of the final product (cloth) in mind – i.e. quality, weight, composition, weave construction and design (choice of yarns whether fancy or plain – in relation thereof to be cost effective).

 

I create and use the best weave construction in particular related areas to suit the optimal design needs – i.e. to show colours effectively / for strength in designated related areas (to give utmost quality as well as to best express my creative flair).

Professional Experience

UPHOLSTERY DESIGNER AT S.A. FINE WORSTEDS
LEADING TEXTILE MANUFACTURER, MAITLAND, C.TOWN SOUTH-AFRICA. (SEPT 2001 – AUGUST 2007)

DUTIES:

 

*Designing Upholstery, Curtaining, Multi – Purpose and Outdoor Ranges for leading Wholesalers and Retailers in SA.
 
*Dealing with Customers in developing new product and maintaining consistency of sold ranges – running in production.
 
*Interpretation of customer’s desired needs and “handwriting” – to give best product from available raw materials.
 
*Conceptualizing and visualizing new ideas from nothing – to transform into cloth – for specific market / end purpose and desired ranges.
 
*To ensure that each client has unique product and to avoid making “brother’s” and “sisters”.
 
*Sourcing of raw material / making use of in-house facilities to create necessary material i.e. yarn design – spinning, dye house.
 
*Costing
 
*Weaving of Samples and operating Weaving Looms.
 
*To do required tests – in quality lab on site (weight, composition, shrinkage, lightfastness, pilling, abrasion, seam slippage, tensile strength, etc.)
 
*To ensure correct specifications is met.
 
*Pre-selection of samples – to form range – and presentation thereof.
 
*Appointments Customer and Presentation of proposed ranges.
 
*After customer selection – feedback to mill on deliveries / orders required – (to investigate stock levels of raw material for bulk order / production). Give feedback to client if required delivery time is possible (if not to give best delivery date).
 
*Forecast, calculate / investigate if stock levels of raw material is sufficient – for bulk production. If need – to order minimum quantities required – for meters on order (to avoid wastage and unnecessary stock build up). Start Spinning of yarn, dyeing and twisting etc.
 
*To give correct working instructions and information to Planning Department – for production flow of various processes in manufacturing.
 
*Working together with factory manager and engineer on logistical side of production if needed i.e. fancy / new developments.
 
*Daily feedback to customers regarding new developments / production / deliveries. Follow up and ongoing Service.
 
*Daily Inspection of dye continuity – in production (submitted from dye house).
 
*Overall inspection of Production and ranges Weaving.
 
*Assessing overall quality of final product before dispatch.

Education

PRIMARY SCHOOL: WELGEMOED PRIMARY SCHOOL C.TOWN
SECONDARY SCHOOL: (1990-1994) D.F.MALAN HIGH SCHOOL C.TOWN
HIGHEST STANDARD PASSED: MATRIC / GRADE 12
SUBJECTS:
AFRIKAANS HIGHER GRADE
ENGLISH HIGHER GRADE
ART HIGHER GRADE
GEOGRAPHY HIGHER GRADE
BIOLOGY STANDARD GRADE
MATHEMATICS STANDARD GRADE

 

TERTIARY EDUCATION

CAPE TECHNIKON: (1995 – 1998) - NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN TEXTILE DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

 

CSIR (SOUTH-AFRICAN COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH) – DIVISION OF TEXTILE TECHNOLOGY (1998) - CERTIFICATE FOR COMPLETION OF KNITTING COURSE

 

CAPE TECHNIKON: (2001) - CERTIFICATE FOR COMPLETION OF BASIC PATTERN MAKING COURSE

 

DAMELIN: (2006) - CERTIFICATE FOR COMPLETION OF COMMUNICATION IN THE WORKPLACE COURSE.

 

COMPUTER EXPERIENCE

CIS – (powered by Silicon Graphics) –FOR DOBBY WEAVING DESIGN

SCOTWEAVE FOR WINDOWS –FOR JACQUARD WEAVING DESIGN

Personal

Karlien Oosthuizen

DATE OF BIRTH: APRIL 16, 1977
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH, AFRIKAANS, DUTCH, FLEMISH
 
Email me: karlien@karlinni.com
 
Phone me: 083 399 3738