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https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-muschinske-4b6a3b9

I've been art director and designer-illustrator for about 20 years. 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 diapers, 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. At Rosen Publishing I created over one hundred nonfiction titles on history, science, art and wellness.

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. 

EDUCATION:
Rutgers University, 1994, BA in art, BA in art history, minor in women’s studies
University of Wisconsin, 1997 graduate study in printmaking and book arts
Arizona State University, 1999, MFA in printmaking and book arts
Parsons, 2001, coursework in book design

WORK WITH ME: To commission or license artwork you can email me at emily.muschinske@gmail.com. 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.

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?” 

and

"Can I stay home from school tomorrow? My eyebrow is loose."