the school of the art institute of chicago (BFA FIne Art)
I am working artist and graduate from The School of the Art institute of Chicago where I studied illustration and fiber arts. I currently create a variety of characters that come in the form of plush toys, patches and prints I call “Yarnies.” They are quirky little characters ranging from adorable foxes to little hipster dudes who come in the form of plush toys, zines, and key-chains. They are silly, colorful, and googly-eyed creature that wear plaid shirts and bow ties.
While living in Portland this past year I worked at Full Life, which is a vocational program for adults with disabilities. While at Full Life I had ran comic, sewing, and toy designing activities. I was also responsible for taking a few clients to the local pizza shop to assist them while they cleaned and prepped the dinning area for the day. I would take clients to the rooster to assist them while they weighed the coffee beans and prepped the coffee bags to be sold around Portland; the coffee company is called Happy Cup. Each client always came up with amazing artwork and worked so hard at any job given. I felt so lucky to be apart of such a great program.
A former Art Therapy instructor invited me to be apart of a weekly art group called “ArtWorks.” One member of the group a fifteen-year-old boy is who truly inspired me to want to pursue a career in Art Therapy. Through various drawings we came up with a dinosaur character that we called “Jon Jon.” Than we turned into a plush toy we used to make videos about the effects of bullying and respecting our parents. We even had the other members off the community inspired to make their own silly characters.
I have also worked as a production assistant for the design studio Shawnimals where I helped them stitch up their hand made plush ninja characters. From working at Shawnimals I had the opportunity to be apart of a small creative business that’s main goal was to create fun story lines with silly characters their fans could enjoy.
I've worked with Sew Crafty Studio in Bucktown. I'm responsible for showing the children, how to sew, and knit, and just do anything crafty! I also, help an Art Therapist at Children's Hope in Oak Lawn run a small bereavement group with children who have lost a sibling to cancer. I’ve been working as an artist in residence at LEEP Forward in West Town with some amazing kiddos. Since working there I have realized how much I want to use my creativity to inspire children to learn! I run a variety of art activities for children with autism. I am working artist and graduate from The School of the Art institute of Chicago where I studied illustration and fiber arts. I currently create a variety of characters that come in the form of plush toys, patches and prints I call “Yarnies.” They are quirky little characters ranging from adorable foxes to little hipster dudes who come in the form
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