INFLUENTIAL MUSIC & STYLE ICONS:
Madonna, Michael Jackson, Cher, Gwen Stefani
FAVORITE MUSIC GENRE:
GRUNGE BANDS: Smashing Pumpkins, Bush, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden
FAVORITE INDIE ARTISTS:
Kid Runner, Aquillo, Bob Moses, Glass Animals, Boy & Bear, Tash Sultana, Billie Eilish, SAFIA, Fitz & the Tantrums, Powers, Electric Guest,
FAVORITE MADONNA MOMENTS:
STYLE: Lucky Star
MEMORY: Like A Prayer
COOLEST THING I've ever designed:
15 foot hot air balloon costume for Highball Halloween's Costume Couture Contest
WEIRDEST THING I've ever designed:
Halloween costumes for guinea pigs that were sold at Petsmart
My DAILY WORK-LIFE-STYLE:
Waking up for coffee and sitting at the pool to think about how to build this business
most challenging thing I've ever done:
Finding a way to turn my creative work into a business
Since founding Modern Material in 2005 as an online destination to share video performances I recorded on VHS tapes, I set out on a mission to change the way our material was created, made and marketed. Before social media existed the music industry used street teams to market new artists. I would hit the streets to hang posters for gigs around campus, email hundreds of radio stations to gain airplay, and pass out demo CDs at concerts.
My professional career began the minute I graduated from Columbus College of Art & Design with a degree in Advertising and Graphic Design. I really wanted to design album artwork but instead I started designing body lotion artwork. I worked for Limited Brands (L Brands) for a total of 6 years and spent 6 years working for manufacturing companies to design packaging and accessories for dozens of global brands and retailers.
My design for Bath & Body Work's original Japanese Cherry Blossom went on to become the best selling fragrance collection in the world and my work has been sold by: Victoria's Secret, Express, The Limited, Justice, American Eagle Outfitters, Aerie, Lane Bryant, Justice, David's Bridal, Thirty One Gifts, It'Sugar, Peeps & Co., Mike & Ike's, Conair, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, TJ Maxx, Petsmart, Yankee Candle, JoAnn Fabrics, Michael's Crafts, Ulta Beauty, Sephora, Torrid, Hot Topic, and more.
I loved my job but I realized my work wasn't benefiting my own interest. My designs are everywhere. I've seen people carrying my bags in doctor's offices, airports, resorts in Mexico, or find my packaging design work for Bath & Body Works in bathrooms. I've seen it in a hoarder's pile of crap on an episode of Oprah and I've even received my own designs as a gift, opening the bag saying "Hey, I designed that!" In all my work has easily grossed more than $500 Million dollars over the past decade.
I've worked with product development teams in nearly every product category to take an idea and translate it into an affordable, function-able product that can be produced in China by thousands of units.
Traveling the world - Stirling Castle, Scotland U.K.
Design Intern, Joey, hanging out at the office.
Creating a pineapple print + pattern.
Water coloring at the pool.
Creative thinking outside the box, formerly known as the corporate cubicle.
Enjoying a sunset walk on the beach with my husband.
Admiring the beauty at Venice Beach.
Nature's beauty reflecting on top of the roof of my car.
Top down in Joshua Tree.
Cruising the PCH in Malibu
In my creative cocoon.
Working during the wee hours of the night.
Digital painting on my Wacom Intuos tablet.
Our new digs at the Esprit in Marina del Rey.
Marina mermaid girl for halloween...
My fish net costume illuminated by the glow from a boat.
Waiting until the day of the party to make a costume = too much stress. Never again.
Checking off a bucket list item, exploring castles in Scotland and Englad with my husband.
Boots and bomber jacket for the U.K.
Bed & Breakfast in the Cotswolds
Morning coffee at Colmbe Grove Manor
Painting therapy to cure the digital disease we all have.
Sometimes the pieces fit perfectly....It's time to introduce our team...
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