Artist and Designer
16+ years creating successful giftware product designs
10+ years creating award winning FDC illustrations
2/2016 - present
Senior Designer of Giftware, Ornaments, and Home Decor
Lenox Corporation, Bristol PA
Responsibilities include: creating new designs for Lenox
incorporating research on updated style trends while retaining the classic Lenox brand image. Designs are created using a combination of freehand sketch and watercolor illustrations that are then refined digitally, and made ready for production using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Design specs are created and samples are critiqued with vendors
to insure high quality finished products.
4/2005 - 2/2016:
Illustrator for Collins First Day Covers, Allentown NJ
Created over 600 First Day of Issue Cover illustrations for the stamp collecting industry. Several illustrations and designs have won awards in various categories of The American First Day Cover Society's annual nationwide Cachet Makers Contest, including 2009's overall "Top Cachet of the Year". Responsibilities include research on various topics determined by the US Postal Service; conveying research in a visually appealing sketch layout; reproducing approved pencil sketch layout in final pen & ink form; creating painted color samples for each layout to be chosen for final reproduction.
9/1993 - 5/2000 Full Time, 5/2000 - 4/2005 Freelance
Primary Fine China Giftware Designer for Cridge Inc., Fallsington PA.
Designed fine china ornaments and giftware for various china companies including Wedgwood, Lenox, Spode, Royal Doulton, Disney, The White House, etc. Responsibilities included: creating new designs or interpreting clients existing concepts and taking them one step further while keeping the technical aspects of the manufacturing process in mind; Designs were created using freehand sketch illustrations, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, as well as ArtCam computer generated sculpting program. Completely self-taught on all computer programs.
Additional commissioned artwork Includes a book cover illustration for BBC America; as well as a pastel drawing of the American flag presented to Peter Greer, former Undersecretary of Education to Ronald Reagan.
The College of New Jersey
BFA, Graphic Design concentration
Weekend art instruction for children, 2010-present
Volunteering graphic design services and illustrations
for local nonprofit organizations in Bucks County PA
Bonnie Porter's Resume
Art classes for kids in Newtown Bucks County PA