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I’m an art director and designer-illustrator with two decades experience in publishing, apparel and a range of other markets. My focus is on surface design — making patterns that are applied to products for the children's, home decor, stationery, apparel, gift and textile markets. My designs have appeared on baby slings, pajamas, notebooks, gift bags and more. I love the collaborative nature of making commercial art, and the thrill of seeing a drawing start off in my sketchbook and end up on something functional, like a bag or piece of clothing.
I got my start in surface design after spending 10 years designing books in New York. As Associate Art Director at Scholastic I collaborated with Disney, Manhattan Toy, Marvel and top children's illustrators on books and packaging design. As Senior Designer at Rosen Publishing I created over one hundred nonfiction titles on history, science, art and wellness, and supervised all phases of book creation, from concept to press checks.
I've always explored feminist and feminine themes in my work. I'm inspired by folk artists who are driven to make the world more beautiful, such as Grandma Moses, Maud Lewis, Maria Primachenko and the many textile and decorative artists who were experts in color and craft, but whose names we don't know. My love of history informs my work, whether I’m looking at antique rugs for pattern inspiration, searching the Library of Congress for the right engraving to illustrate a children’s history book, or illustrating an object from the past, like these.
Parsons, 2004, coursework in book design
Arizona State University, 1999, MFA in printmaking and book arts
University of Wisconsin, 1997 graduate study in printmaking and book arts
Rutgers University, 1994, BA in art, BA in art history, minor in women’s studies
WORK WITH ME: To commission or license artwork you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. To buy my patterns please contact my agent Michael Allison at Group Four Design Studio in New York, http://www.groupfourdesign.com.
TEACHING: I currently teach design at Seton Hall University. You can see work by my students here. I also hold a K-12 Teacher of Art Standard Certificate in the State of New Jersey.
HOME: When I'm not working I hang out with my family in Hopewell, New Jersey. And I field a lot of questions from my kids. Here are some of my favorites.
“If a bumble bee farts, does it smell like honey?”
"Can I stay home from school tomorrow? My eyebrow is loose."