With a Master’s degree in Fine Art printmaking, I came up in the art world surrounded by hundreds’ years old processes and techniques. When I decided to enter the design world, it was with a strong respect for traditional, precise, and hands-on approaches. My designs always begin in the sketch book and maintain their drawn quality when adapted for digital use. In the emerging localized economy, the producer plays an integral, often intimate, role in manufacturing the product. I believe the intimacy of the human hand should be evident in that product’s image.
Wheatberry works one on one to create a custom design for your web presence, marketing, and/or labeling needs. Recognizing that small businesses need to stay competitive and therefore have a strong visual presence—but may not be able to afford a sleek marketing package from a large design firm—Wheatberry is accessible and affordable. Contact me to set up a free initial consultation!
I also contract with web designers who may require that “hand drawn touch” for certain clientele when such design is not in their standard repertoire.
What do you like most about your profession?
I love the relationships I build with clients and how involved I become in the design process. I learn so much about the field for which I am designing marketing materials, all the while getting to make art that does something proactive for others.
Describe a recent client engagement or project.
I most recently designed the visuals for a musician's c.d. release: the album art, the Bandcamp and Facebook banners, and a business card. The music industry was a new field for me, and it was a fun challenge to translate sound and lyrics into visual material.
What are 3 attributes you need to be successful in your industry?
-Great communication skills. This is important because you need to obtain a clear picture of what the client wants, even when the client is unable to visualize it himself. Also, feedback from the client is crucial. -A strong work ethic. Design takes a different kind of effort and focus for each specific project. -And of course, a great eye.
How are you different than others in your profession?
My niche is like no other. My focus is on a field of businesses and individuals whose passion and mission takes precedence over exponential profit margin: they are small and/or local startups and non-profits who exist for the good of the community or environment. As such, the look they need is something intimate and organic, not necessarily a sleek design package from a big name firm. Of course, their presence in the marketplace needs to be as bold and well-executed as any larger company or corporation, so I always ensure my designs are well-adapted for digital use and are boldly and simply executed.
Program Assistant at A Company of Girls
October 2013 - Present
Design and implement visual and culinary arts programming at after-school program for at-risk girls.
Business Owner at Wheatberry Design
July 2013 - Present
"Hand-drawn design for home-grown businesses." Wheatberry works one on one to create a custom design for your web presence, marketing, and/or labeling needs. Recognizing that small businesses need to stay competitive and therefore have a strong visual presence—but may not be able to afford a sleek marketing package from a large design firm—Wheatberry is accessible and affordable. Visit my website at Contact me at http://www.wheatberrydesign.com/ to set up a free initial consultation!
Catering Chef at Local Sprouts
June 2013 - October 2013
Business Owner at FarmShare
October 2012 - Present
I am a farm-to-table personal chef, helping busy eaters who want to support the local food movement to do so by assisting with farm share pick-up and preparation. I also prepare meals and cater small events with farm-fresh themes. More at facebook.com/PortlandPersonalChef.
Program Assistant at Portland Housing Authority
September 2012 - June 2013
Assist k-12 students at after-school center in disadvantaged neighborhood. Provide support, help with homework, teach cooking skills, and brainstorm other initiatives with team members.
Independent Researcher at Concordia University
April 2012 - June 2012
Researching non-toxic printmaking alternatives to assist Concordia's print media program in transitioning to a healthier learning/creating environment.
Instructor at CIEM Print Shop
January 2011 - January 2012
Developing and teaching a workshop series dedicated to water-based intaglio printmaking at a professional print shop outside of Montreal.
Instructor at Concordia University
January 2010 - January 2012
Led, independently and with assistance, workshop series to introduce non-toxic water-based printing on the Vandercook letterpress to undergraduate students.
Teaching Assistant at Concordia University
January 2009 - January 2011
Aided students and professor in beginning and advanced intaglio, book arts, and beginning lithography.
Graded assignments and led tutorial sections in academic courses: "Reproductive Media and Contemporary Art" and "Visual and Performing Arts in Canada."
Artist's Assistant at Various
January 2006 - January 2009
Aided various established Boston-based artists with their print projects and studio work.
Degree: Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Field of Study: Fine and Studio Arts (Print Media)
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Field of Study: Studio Art and English