Let's start with a story.
I view my life as a tapestry. Each life experience is woven in various colors, different weights, and changes in direction. Unlike any other experience, Design has woven its pattern throughout, informing and interacting with other patterns fluidly.
Design began as hobbies at a young age. The pattern grew more intricate with a formal fine arts education that challenged my process, craft, ego, and aesthetic that resulted in a BFA in graphic design. The vivacity of these details grew steadily through a 14-year career as an in-house designer, agency designer, design educator, studio designer, entrepreneur, and freelance designer. A vivid weaving of branding design, strategy, UX, community, passion, and responsibility formed.
Six years ago the weaving shifted focus to parenthood in a new country. My husband and I moved from the US to the UK in 2015. I created two of my best works yet: two lively, independent daughters. The decision to shift was difficult but necessary to accomplish an important personal goal of raising my children until school-age. I'm proud that goal has nearly been reached.
Even amidst the new focus, new accomplishments were woven, such as becoming a freelance designer and the launch of my Art Shop. But now the Design pattern fervently and joyously built is being reignited. While the final picture remains unknown, I trust my resolve will create the best experiences and land the right opportunities, ensuring my tapestry will depict an intricate life of adventure, contentment, passion, and pure joy of the weaving process.
* The tapestry concept has been inspired by The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. While I'm on book 1/14, this concept and the entire story has completely captured me. Check out my Goodreads.
A portfolio of work.
A little more detail.
I am a graphic designer and artist. Following my undergraduate work at Ohio University (Athens, OH USA) with a 14-year design career. Through this experience and the relationships made I have honed my design thinking and system awareness, developed a process and skillset congruent with a modern aesthetic, and showcased my ability with informally formal customer relations.
As an artist, I focus on landscapes by layering visceral strokes atop soft washes. I am drawn to the fluidity and character of a simple line. From various sketches I have made patterns for fabrics applied to various products. Created in my home studio, my work can be found in private collections in the USA, UK, and Europe.
I enjoy coffee in the morning and tea the rest of the day; nature walks alone or with my family; time with friends on a breezy patio filled with homemade food and drink; non-consumer shopping where I feel fabrics, marry patterns, and build sculptures; finding a new book among the thousands at the bookshop.