Contact
email: cesirbu@gmail.com
phone: 1.404.510.2126

Textile and Apparel Experience

Hurley International
Costa Mesa, CA
Senior Material Researcher - Innovations, August 2016 - Current
Research and develop new materials for in and around water performance and lifestyle apparel.
Current projects under Nike Inc. confidentiality.

Converse
Boston MA
Materials Innovation Designer II, June 2015 – August 2016
Working across footwear, apparel and accessories constructing platforms for innovative material development and implementation following future and market driven lanes. Researching and developing innovative materials, fabric treatment and construction techniques. Collaborating with both footwear innovations and materials in line team to construct design solutions for future products as well as for current design challenges. Targeting and vetting future vendor collaborations and in line implementation.
Projects under Nike Inc. confidentiality.

Curative Orthopaedics
Philadelphia PA
Material Consultant and Prototype Developer, January 2015 - March 2015
Consulted on third generation prototype for Back2Sleep nighttime sleep back brace. Researched and selected new materials to improve existing prototype. Redesigned and constructed prototype optimizing health impact, wearability, and care. Presented at MIT Sloan Impact: Accelerating Systems Innovation in the Health Industry conference.

Microsoft Research
Redmond WA
Artist in Residence, September 2014 - December 2014
Collaborated with sensory technology engineers to seamlessly integrate innovative technologies into wearable, functional apparel design. Worked on developing new dyeing, surface application, and embroidery methods using thermochromic inks and conductive wire. Applied these findings in combination with sensory technology to create fully fashioned knit garment that is activated in response to the body’s vitals.

Diane Von Furstenberg
New York City NY
Knitwear Intern, June 2013 – September 2013
Created mockups and swatches through hand and knitting machine. Composed technical packets for overseas factories, developed CADs and assisted senior designers in fittings for the Spring/ Summer 2014 and Fall 2015 RTW collection.

Milliken&Co.
LaGrange GA and Spartanburg SC
Advanced Hospitality Carpet Designer, 2008-2012
Created custom hospitality modular and broadloom carpet designs and color palettes for national and international clients and several Fortune 500 firms. Worked with R&D to develop new carpet design creation program (Patent Pending). Developed design process for CYP tufted carpet. Responsible for project coordination, floor planning and dye quantity formulas for dye injected carpet. Developed seasonal color forecasting. Facilitated in the designing of standard collection packages including the award-winning Allume collection.

Start-up Dance Wear Line
Atlanta GA
Designer, 2008-2010
Commissioned to design men and women’s eco-friendly dancewear line. Designed patterns for leotards, activewear pants and jackets. Selected organic knit fabrics and created color lines.

Atlanta Ballet
Atlanta GA
Costume Designer, 2008
Privately commissioned to create custom headpiece for Atlanta Ballet’s performance of Firebird. Designed 1940s inspired cocktail hat made of felt with embellishment.
Costume Shop Assistant, 2008
Constructed garments for Atlanta Ballet’s production of Big. Cut and sewed costume patterns constructed of heavy woven and knit cottons, spandex, and plastic. Experienced with costume finishing techniques, hand sewing, hems, closures, zippers, hand embellishing.


Other Relevant Experience

Rhode Island School of Design, Continuing Education
Providence RI
Professor of Knitted Fabrics, July 2014 – August 2014
Taught an in-depth exploration of knitted textiles on the single–bed knitting machine. Emphasis was placed on technique introduction and experimentation, color studies, pattern drafting, and knitwear construction.

RISD Museum Costume and Textile Department
Providence RI
Graduate Assistant, August 2012-June 2014
Documented archival swatches for the new Costume and Textile gallery at the RISD Museum by identifying fiber content and construction technique and providing design description. Assisted with costume mounting and conservation for the Artist/Rebel/Dandy exhibit.

University of Georgia, Lamar Dodd School of Design
Athens GA
Created and critiqued carpet design project to advance CAD, repeating design, color and collection development skill.

Education

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence RI
Masters of Fine Arts, Textiles 2014

University of Georgia (UGA), Athens GA
Bachelors of Fine Art, Fabric Design 2007 magna cum laude

Kawashima Textile School, Kyoto Japan
Textile Design Study Abroad 2007

Skills

Apparel and Textiles: Industrial Stoll Knitting - Machine Knitting (Single and Double Bed) - Hand Knitting - Fully Fashioned Knitwear - Pattern making - Draping - Screen-printing - Creating Repeating Designs - Colorways - Crocheting - Macramé - Looping - Hand and Needle Felting - Weaving - Dobby Weaving - Tapestry Weaving - Inkle Weaving - Ikat Dyeing and Weaving - Hand Embroidery - Hand Embellishing - Katazome - Shibori - Silk Painting - Acid Dyeing - Resist Dyeing - Immersion Dyeing - Yarn Spinning - Fiber Identification - 3D Printing - Fiber Optics - Thermochromic Ink Printing Dyeing and Surface Application - Laser Cutting.

Computer: Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator; Ned Graphics; M1 Plus; WeavePoint7; SketchPro; Microsoft Office.

Languages: French(Basic); Romanian(Fluent).

Acknowledgments and Press

NYDC RISD Textiles New Talent Exhibition: June 4-13, New York Design Center, June 2014.
Bill Van Siclen, RISD grad show at Convention Center through May 31, Providence Journal, May 22, 2014.
Wearables/ Fashion/ Technology Panel by Brian Kane, Together Festival Boston, May 18, 2014.
Augmented Body, suckerPUNCHdaily, May 13, 2014.
Private Fashion Exhibition by Brian Kane, Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery Pittsburg, April 2014.
Project Runway, University of Georgia Red&Black Newspaper, November 2007.


Group Exhibitions

Material Musings, MSR Studio 99 Gallery. Redmond WA 2015
Document Document Document Exhibition, Sol Koffler Gallery. Providence RI 2014
New Talent MFA 2014 Exhibit, New York Design Center. New York City NY 2014
RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition, RI Convention Center. Providence RI 2014
Content & Context, Sol Koffler Gallery. Providence RI 2014
New Talent MFA 2013 Exhibit, New York Design Center. New York City NY 2013
Autopsy, Lamar Dodd School of Art Gallery. Athens GA 2006
Study Abroad Group Exhibit, Kawashima Textile School Gallery. Kyoto Japan 2007
High in Fiber, Thomas Street Gallery. Athens GA 2006

Selected Collections

Microsoft Research Studio 99 Gallery, Redmond WA
Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence RI

Awards and Honors

Second Place Sherri Donghia Award of Achievement for Outstanding Textile Work for Morphing into the Uncanny 2014
University of Georgia Dean's List 2003-2007
HOPE Scholarship Recipient 2003-2007