For me, hand lettering and surface pattern design are the visual equivalent of joyful music. Moving to Boston the day after receiving a BFA in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design, I got my start in paper goods thanks to an art director who hired me to design holiday gift wrap. It was a market that I loved. I worked at day jobs in retail and in newspaper production, and created late into the night. After a stint as a junior art director at an ad agency and having my first child, I entered the world of textile design as a freelancer for a print studio in New York City, hand painting patterns that sold to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and other similar companies. In the years since, which have included having two more children, I've taught myself copperplate calligraphy and learned to vectorize my designs in Adobe Illustrator. I'm eager to apply my skills to stationery, paper goods, and fabric, drawing inspiration from modern calligraphy, brush lettering, and botanical illustration.
My husband, three daughters, and I have lived in New York City, London, and Hong Kong. We are happy to now be back in my hometown on Long Island, New York, near lots of boats and pebbly beaches.
Photo by Jennifer Barnes Eliot