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Cymbria Wood

 Cymbria Wood is a freelance writer, designer, and creativity consultant based in Calgary, Canada. You can contact her at For surprisingly uncensored adventures in creative living, and more information about her creativity consulting services, visit Cymbria’s Blank Canvas Living Blog and discover how to dare a storied life!

2006 Flat pattern & Clothing construction Algonquin College (A+ ave.)
2004 Writing workshop with Rick Taylor (ungraded)
2001-2002 Carleton University Bachelor of Industrial Design (A+ ave.)
1994-2001 Immaculata High School (95% graduating ave.)

Oil & Gas
2007-2015 Supervisor of printing and document management at Matrix Geoservices Ltd.
-Receptionist duties, document management, filing, organizing, bringing humor and creativity to the office environment, troubleshooting office equipment (printers, plotters, folding machines)

Apron Jobs 
2005-2007 Cashier at Home Depot (Ottawa)
-Cashier duties, memorizing codes, greeting customers, concentration on precision

2004-2005 Floor Associate at Michaels Arts & Crafts (Ottawa)
-Problem solving for customers, creating uplifting interactions, downstocking, organizing shelves, holding product demos, memorizing product locations and details

2003-2004 Sandwich Artist at Subway (Ottawa)
-Mastering the delicate art of ‘la sandwiche’, building relationships with customers, cashier duties

Design Commissions
-Dress design commissions (from consultation to final construction), Christian Cross-Stitch, kids crafting and game design commissions, high school mascot, high school uniform poster, Christmas window dressing for Mother Tongue Books

Freelance Writing
Calgary Fashion
November 2009 “Open Your Purse, Opens Hearts”
-How often do you see a well built man in his underwear lay down his purse, ever so gently, and hit the floor for a vigorous set of clap pushups? Event review of the YWCA of Calgary’s first annual celebrity purse auction and fashion show (785 words + Photos)

December 2009 “Fleur Féminine’s ‘Love Collection”
-The launch of Fleur Féminine’s ‘Love Collection’, November 13th, at Naked proves just as intimate and enticing as the wording suggests. Launch review of Canada’s first designer line for sizes 12-24 (306 words + photos)

January 2010 “A Stitch in Time”
-A Calgary handbag designer launches her first collection during a city crippling blizzard. Bow Trail was covered in black ice that night, but Sabra Mottram’s handmade leather creations were even slicker (490 words)

The Globe and Mail
April 2007 “An SOS from the land of self-scan”
-A humourous examination how current self-scan technology is failing both its users and operators, written from an industrial design perspective. (906 words)

The Ottawa Citizen
May 2007 “Ottawa’s largest closet” (scheduled for Style Section)
-Exploring The Ottawa Little Theatre’s wardrobe through an interview with the lucky woman who runs it (738 words)

April 2007 “It’s in the mail”
-Six Ottawa authors share their views on the importance of hand written letters (848 words)

September 2006 “Tweak to chic”
-Profile of Ottawa design duo who turn used clothes into wearable art (539 words)

The Calgary Sun
“Pedestrian point of View” November 29, 2010
-Letter to the editor encouraging Calgary drivers to give winter pedestrians a ‘margin for error’ (98 words)

Business Writing/Creative Problem Solving
June 2011 Complete website text for The Remodelers: Calgary’s Home Renovators

April 2011 Interview/writeup for nominee for 2011 Business in Calgary Magazine Leaders of Tomorrow Awards
Note: Nominee selected as one of Calgary’s top 20 business leaders of tomorrow!

February 2009 Independent manuscript editing for Writer’s Guild of Alberta Calgary Prose Writers Group

April 2008 Design/review of marketing plan for Aristocraft Imports (wholesale beads)

January 2007 Augmented and edited text for Covell Homes commercial website

2009-2015 The Papertrail
-Founded and organized program that delivers unused office paper and cut-offs from data-processing firms to downtown Calgary daycares for student art projects

2007-present Writer’s Guild of Alberta(WGA) Calgary Prose Writers Group

2001-2002 The Glebe Center
-Started reading group for residents, designed and created personalized placemats

2000-2001 Caring Cake Workshops
-Founded and ran program giving free cake decorating workshops at women’s shelters

2000 Tulip Festival Youth Committee
-Helped plan Major’s Hill Park area for youth and organize a youth fashion show of young Ottawa designers, as well as designing the festival’s “Youth Zone” logo

1998 Winterlude Fashion Avalanche
-Created mini-collection for Winterlude fashion show on Parliament Hill

2001 Canada Millennium Excellence Scholarship
2001 Top Bracket Carleton Entrance Scholarship
2001 English Department Graduation Award
2001 Leonardo DaVinci Award for Innovation
2001 Edward J. Cuhaci & Associates Architects Award for Design
2001 Aiming For The Top Tuition Scholarship
2001 Johnsons Inc. Scholarship
2001 90%ile in Waterloo Chemistry Competition
2001 Junior & Senior School Letters
2000 Honorable Mention in Industrial Design Competition sponsored by Carleton University
2000 First Prize in Tulip Festival Young Designers Fashion Show

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