Paula Kidwell


Work Experience

  • Free People – URBN Inc - Philadelphia, PA

Assistant Designer: March 2014- Present

Design Assistant: May 2012- March 2014

Job description: specialized in the creation and development of knit and crocheted fabrics with a focus on color and pattern work.  Strong involvement in the color process: pitching out color combos for sweaters, breaking down color cards, approving lab dips, communicating with factory over questions/problems with color and hard wear/trims

  • Kathleen van der Spek - San Francisco, CA

Design Intern

Job description: Assisting designer in pattern drafting/cutting/sewing of mocks and visiting factory and stores for deliveries.

  • Vau de Vire Society - San Francisco, California

Costume Assistant: 2008-2010

Acrobatic Dancer:2008-2010

  • ·Velocity Circus - San Francisco, California

Costume Assistant: 2008-2009

Acrobatic Dancer:2008-2009

  • Academy of Art University – San Francisco, California

Artist’s Model 2008-2011

  • Styles For Less - Citrus Heights, California

Assistant Manager: 2007-2008


  • AUT University  - Auckland, New Zealand, Fall 2011

      Fashion - Knitwear/Textile Design

  • Academy of Art University - San Francisco, California 2007-2011

      BFA Fashion - Knitwear Design

  • Folsom Lake College - Summer 2007
  • Ecole Nationale De Cirque (The National Circus School)  Montreal, Quebec 2006-2007
  • Bella Vista High School Fair Oaks, California

Graduated Honors Student 2006

3D Design Skills

·      Industrial Stol Knitting Machine

·      Industrial Shima Knitting Machine

·      Brother and Silver Reed single and double bed knitting machines

·      Industrial linking machine

·      Industrial sewing machine

·      3D knit and woven construction

·      Knit and woven pattern drafting

2D Design Skills

·      Stol Knitting Machine Program

·      Shima Knitting Machine Program

·      Adobe Photoshop

·      Adobe Illustrator

·      Adobe InDesign

·      Microsoft Works

  • Html and web design experience


·    Scholarship to study abroad at AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand


  • Two-time Acrobatic Gymnastics National Champion 2005/2006 
  • USA National Team Member at the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships in Coimbra, Portugal 2006

Special Skills and Qualities

  • In depth understanding of the structure and process of knit and crocheted garments
  • Thorough understanding of the color process: color cards, lab dips, pattern knit downs ect.
  • Very dedicated and hard worker
  • Fun, enthusiastic, positive attitude
  • Creative problem solver
  • Loves working with people
  • Works well under stress
  • Strong leadership capabilities