I am an artist and designer living in San Diego, California. I graduated with a BFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Arts in 2005, with an emphasis in drawing & painting and photography. I had mixed feelings about the greater purpose of the fine art world after college (hence the gap in work), and held art at an arms length until with a group of friends, I began to explore the area where creativity and social responsibility collide. My primary interest is creating eco-friendly products and working as a designer with socially responsible businesses around the world; but with an addiction to paint, power tools and everything in between, I'm always looking for new opportunities to collaborate, teach, learn and create.
photo by Sarah Shreves
digital photography, analog photography (film processing, darkroom printing), drawing, painting, mixed media illustration, elementary-adult education, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office, social media, team dynamics, international travel experience, sewing, simple carpentry & electrical wiring, trend research, product design, event coordination, public speaking, writing, proficiency in a variety of art & craft forms.
Create shop decor and signage; organize and merchandize sales floor; assist with record keeping, customer service, artist relations, and sales; assist with coordination and logistics for events; build and install displays.
Design and market jewelry and accessories made from heat fused plastic shopping bags. Pieces are intricately sewn or hand-stitched to wire, and jewelry is paired with sterling silver. With this line I am hoping to join the conversation about sustainability and fashion and prove that recycled goods don't have to look recycled.
Design new products, research colors and trends. Travel to Kampala, Uganda to plan and teach training sessions to Ember's partner co-op. Source training materials in the local markets. Explore new product concepts with locally available materials.
A collective of local artists and designers that organize trunk shows and other events to provide the community with opportunities to support independent artists in San Diego.
Helped teach photography and storytelling to refugee youth of San Diego as they transitioned into a life in a new culture. Assisted with exhibit installations and special events. Researched potential future partnerships with international organizations in Kampala, Uganda.
Conceptualized and founded Bake it Forward, a social media driven awareness campaign that focuses on the problem of slavery and unethical labor practices within the cacao industry and encourages responsible consumerism. Presented at Idea Camp
PAST PROJECTS & EXPERIENCE
San Diego Unified School District: Assistant Preschool Teacher
Read stories. Tied shoes. Applied bandaids, even when probably unnecessary. Supervised recess and taught at least seven children to swing. Wore strange hats and pretended to be a firefighter, princess, et al. Organized craft projects. Photographed and documented
Designed and marketed jewelry made from recycled materials and broken costume jewelry.
Worked with a team to mentor high school and college students for a campaign that raised over $1,000,000 to rebuild war-torn schools in northern Uganda. Assisted with the coordination and promotion of an educational conference for youth in Washington, D.C. Supervised and coordinated maintenance of housing provided for interns.
Booked, organized, and spoke at 100+ educational presentations at high schools, universities, and other public venues in the midwest over the course of 8 weeks. Trained in conflict resolution, team dynamics, event promotion, fundraising, and the history of the LRA conflict in east Africa.
Worked with a private organization and a team of six researchers to understand the culture, history, and mindset of both the Serbian Orthodox and Bosnjak citizens of the Sandjak region of Serbia. Networked and established relationships with professionals, politicians, clergy, historians, and youth in the region. Compiled a sixty page report and used photography to create marketing materials for the organization.
Obtained permits and coordinated logistics in Seattle and New York for a nationwide awareness campaign focused on the plight of internally displaced persons in northern Uganda. Networked with organization's contacts in the Pacific Northwest and New York to build two teams of 100 volunteers. Coordinated event promotion with volunteers in Seattle and New York. Supervised volunteers and coordinated event in Seattle.
Snowdrift Newspaper: Layout & Photography Editor
Learned newspaper layout and Adobe inDesign. Collected articles from newspaper staff and supervised a team of designers in the weekly layout of the newspaper. Coordinated with the editor to assign photographers to relevant articles and choose photographs to accompany stories. Filled in as a photographer when needed. Survived rural Utah.
Assisted with database and office maintenance, assembled wedding albums and promotional mailings, assisted at weddings.
Fall 2004-Spring 2005
Art League (Biola University): Vice President
Worked with a team of leaders to plan, organize, and supervise meetings for art students and appreciators at Biola University. Helped plan events and campus outreach activities. Participated in guerrilla sculpture installations and performance art events across campus.
Learned about artists and art genres, led tours and answered questions about exhibits.
Camp Costanoan: Nature Instructor
Supervised children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. Designed and implemented curriculum about astronomy, regional plants and animals, and archaeology for a variety of comprehension and ability levels.
Spring 1999-Summer 2001
Poway Unified School District: ESS Assistant
Assisted with the supervision of elementary age students during an after school program. Prepared and served snacks. Planned and taught art and photography related clubs for interested students.
2011 Artisan's Lounge Grand Opening, San Diego, CA
2010 Group show at House of Hair Salon, San Diego, CA
2005 "Attachment" Solo-exhibition, Biola University Art Gallery
2005 "All Student Art Exhibition" faculty juried, Biola University Art Gallery
2004 "Exchange Rate" co-curator, Biola University Art Gallery
2004 "Hand-Picked" faculty juried student art exhibition, Biola University Art Gallery
2003 "Four" group show, Norwalk Public Library
2006-2007 Starbucks: Barista
2005 Sanpete County School District: Teacher's Aid & Substitute
2005 Solid Rock Cafe: Barista & Promo Design
2005-2011 Self-Employed: Wedding & Portrait Photographer
2002-2005 Biola University: Data Entry Analyst
2001-2002 Mervyn's: Sales Associate