I have over 20 years of experience in the Art & Design Industry, I earned my BFA(Bachelors of Fine Arts) with a concentration in illustration from The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and a Professional Designation Degree in Surface Design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM). For the past 18 years, my focus has been working as a Surface Designer in the Fashion, Accessory, and Interior Design Industries.
When did you begin to advocate for yourself and others?
I’ve always been the person that befriended the new kid at school or stood up for those that were being teased. With the birth of my daughter, her being diagnosed on the Autism spectrum, and all the awful negative things that have been happening over the past few years, all have had a direct effect on being even more vocal in support of those that are different.
How are you reaching and teaching others through design and the arts?
Over the past year, I have started a few new projects: I’m currently teaching a Live Beta version of the online surface design course course that I’ve been developing that teaches my processes using photoshop for creating pattern designs. I recently launched my Designing with Intention interview series that highlights creatives showcasing their individual career path and the variety of careers in the Arts, I want to help make people more aware of the great spectrum of careers there are in the arts and give insight into all of the options available.
What is your self-care practice?
To me self-care is a mix of doing things that care for my body & mind. For my body I am a big fan of soaking in a bath with Epsom Salt to relax my muscles. For my mind, I build in time into my week to organize my schedule and do a brain dump of my to do’s, all of this helps clear my head and make me feel more productive.
How can you be reached?