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Ph.+64 21 1625159 w w w. d e s i g n b y r u t h . c o . n z


I, Ruth Mitchener (nee. Sumner) employ a multidisciplinary approach to any given situation, and thus have many fingers in many pies. I grew up in Aotearoa, New Zealand with a paintbrush in hand. I studied Fine Arts in a decommissioned Monk Monastery, filled countless sketchbooks on a 9 month sabbatical in Europe, I started my own designer cushion business, manufactured medicines at Weleda, then I completed a degree in Industrial Design at Victoria University of Wellington with first class honours. Then I won silver at the best awards 2012, and a gold medal in the academic olympics, aka: the Victoria University Medal for Academic Excellence. phewf! I am an enthusiastic designer and creator, focusing on strategic design narratives, illustrated by a fine blend of science, art and passion.


Computer (Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) Solidworks, Word, Excel, Powerpoint) Photography (movie stills, exhibition documentation, product shots) Fine Art (Portraiture, sketching, oil paints, acrylic, charcoal, graphite, ink, clay, ceramic, and beyond) Workshop (Metal and wood workshop, laser-cutting, milling machining, steam distillation, industrial sewing) Product Design (From intial concept through to the final market product, weaving in narrative, meaning, and intent) Editorial Design (Layout, graphic design, image creation, cover design, the whole package) Design Strategy (Company narrative, structure and essence creation, inlcuding Branding, Graphics, Web design)


November 2012 ‘SHEAR BRILLIANCE’ Campaign for Wool 2012 event April 2012 ‘FABRICATING FUTURES’ DeSForM Conference March 2012 ‘NEUE TYPES’ Goethe Institut November 2011 ‘ IDEAS THAT SHAPE OUR WORLD’ AJ Park June 2010 ‘TOO BIG TO UPLOAD’ Franz Tormers. September 2009 ‘OF IT’S TIME’ Ministry of Art & Design


January 2002 - November 2004 & January 2010 - November 2011 Victoria University of Wellington School of Design BDes. (1st Class Hons.) Majored in Industrial design. January 2001- November 2001 Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, Auckland. Certificate in Art and Design. End of year portfolio review: A+


Silver award, Designers Institute of NZ Best Awards 2012 Victoria University Medal for Academic Excellence 2011 This medal is one of the highest honours the University can bestow on its students 2011 Faculty of Architecture & Design Excellence Award For sustained excellence in Industrial Design, Bachelor of Design, Victoria University of Wellington 2011 Methven Award for Innovation & Excellence in Industrial Design Awarded for the most outstanding final project, Bachelor of Design, Victoria University of Wellington


Ph.+64 21 1625159 w w w. d e s i g n b y r u t h . c o . n z

WORK EXPERIENCE April 2012 -Ongoing BOOK DESIGNER/PHOTOGRAPHER/STYLIST, June Frank Ltd. I am estatic to be the creator of all book visuals, including graphics, layouts, and covers for a new Penguin book.

October 2012 -Ongoing FREELANCE DESIGNER, Rinnai ltd. On a contract basis, I have been designing new fireplace surrounds for Rinnai. April 2012 STILLS PHOTOGRAPHER, Philip Beesley Architect inc. I was deeply honored to work alongside Philip Beesley to document his Hylozioc series 'Vesica' installation at the Wellington City Gallery. February 2012 -June 2012 TUTOR IN DESIGN PHYSIOLOGY, & OBJECT DESIGN, Victoria University of Wellington Enthusiastically analyzing, critiqueing, encouraging, and guiding students to grow and flourish as designers is an honoured treat to do. February 2012 - June 2012 EXHIBITION VISUAL DESIGNER/RESEARCH ASSISTANT, DeSForM 2012 As the visual materials creator, my job included the creation of images, layouts, print proofing, displays, and setup for the accompanying exhibition to the Desform international design conference. January 2012 - February 2012 RESEARCH ASSISTANT/ PACKAGING DESIGN, Victoria Link Limited This summer job encompassed the challenging task of designing child-proof battery packaging for a global brand, of which the patent is in process. November 2011 - December 2011 PA, LOCATIONS MANAGER & STILLS PHOTOGRAPHER, National Film Board of Canada. During the NZ leg of a doco on prostitution laws, I helped in managing locations, assisting the crew and photographing various locations and subjects.

December 2008 - Ongoing FREELANCE MATERIALS DESIGNER, Cloud South Films & Foton Releasing Designer of all film related materials for Cloud South Films and Foton Distribution, including film posters, DVD covers, postcards, websites and e-books. December 2008 - Ongoing OWNER, OPERATOR & DESIGNER, Heirloom Design. A combination of my love of fresh food and inspiring decor was the foundation for creating Heirloom Design. The cushions and quilts have sold in design and home ware stores nationwide.

February 2009 - October 2009 CAFÉ REVIEWER, Sunday Star-Times. I loved bringing public attention to local cafés and publishing critiquing stories around the experience. July 2008 - July 2009 CLINIC CO-ORDINATOR, All About Health & Wellness I developed and maintained all protocols and systems that kept the clinic running smoothly. From designing the website to creating e-newsletters, to window displays to data-entry, tasks varied considerably. September 2006 - November 2007 CLINICAL MANUFACTURING, Weleda NZ Ltd. In an intimate team environment, I manufactured registered medicines and natural healthcare products. This required fast adaptive learning and thorough attention to set processes. REFERENCES References available upon request.

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