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Design, Art & Writing with a sprinkle of sunshine
I'm a 20-something web & graphic designer, artist and fantasy writer, living and working out of an adorable house with my wonderful husband & our two sweet kitties. I've been freelancing since I graduated from James Madison University in 2008, and I have a heart for helping small, local businesses build a strong platform. For the past few years I've been a volunteer on MomoCon's print design and social media team, and working on Dragon*Con's Tolkien Track site. I love oil pastels, crocheting (and other needle crafts), photography, and many other kinds of digital and traditional art. In addition to full-time geekery, my other passion is creative writing, and I'm working on a fantasy novel I hope to publish in the near future.
SKILLS > Web Design > HTML, CSS, Wordpress > Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign > Posters & Print design > Social Media Marketing > Logo Design > T-shirt and merchandise design > Copy & Creative Writing > Indie book layout & cover design > Illustration > Dreamweaver, Flash > Mac & PC compatible > Photography > Video Filming & Editing > Blogging & Vlogging > Needlecraft (crochet, knitting, cross-stitch) > Traditional art; Oil Pastel, Colored Pencil EXPERIENCE > Kaleidoscope Shop, Atlanta, GA – Part-time Webmaster & Designer, Spring 2012 to Present ~ Updating site with graphics and content, adding items for sale and writing/editing copy ~ Creating print and web advertisements, as well as banners and t-shirt designs ~ Updating social media ~ Did web, print & PR work to promote the 2012 Brewster Society Kaleidoscope Convention in Atlanta > Camp Flix, Atlanta, GA – Camp Counselor, two weeks in July 2014 ~ Looking after a different group of young filmmakers each week and helping them make a student film, one week at Oglethorpe University and another week at Emory University > Donna Toepfer, Tucker, GA – Logo & Web Design Contract, June-July 2014 ~ Designed a logo for use on the web and in print ~ Modified a WordPress template design and graphics for a basic website > Wert & Associates, Atlanta, GA – Logo and Web Design, Spring 2013, Summer 2014 ~ Designed logo ~ Put together business card ~ Designed website and updated content > Stephen & Judy Perras, Decatur, GA – Website Updating Freelance Contract, October 2013 ~ Updating web page content with new images and text > Nina Stellwagen, Shepherd, MI – Book Layout Freelance Contract, February 2012 to October 2013 ~ Laid out book for independent publishing of print and digital versions in InDesign > King of Pops, Atlanta, GA – Cart artist, May 2013 ~ Submitted a design, learned to make stencils from their official artist, and spray painted my design onto the side of one of their carts > DealGenda, Atlanta, GA – Proof of Concept Site Freelance Contract, Spring 2012 ~ Used Wordpress to create a proof of concept site based off their designs and edited layout and design elements > Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN >>Biomedical Informatics MeTRC Core – Full-time Web Programmer & Graphic Designer, May 2010 to July 2011 ~ Creating graphics, updating designs & layouts for MeTRC websites in Wordpress and Plone CMS, building & consulting on social networking accounts ~ Designed fliers, posters, cards and other promotional materials ~ Submission accepted for poster presentation at RCMI Symposium, December 2010 >>Center for AIDS Health Disparities Research – Freelance Contract, Fall 2009 ~ Designed Dr. J. Hildreth, M.D., Ph.D.’s PowerPoint slide presentations for the National Institutes of Health >>Center for Women’s Health – Full-time Temp, March to July 2009 ~ Laying out, editing and creating graphics for grants and manuscripts > Shoebox Story, New York City, NY – Web Design Freelance Contract, December 2009 to May 2010 ~ Created design for main website and a matching blog design > Diane Kilmer, Franklin, TN – Book Layout and Cover Design Freelance Contract, August to October 2009 ~ Designed early idea book covers and laid out book for independent publishing of print and digital versions > Furniture Brands International, Inc., Nashville, TN – Temp Job through Manpower, Spring 2010 ~ Helped designer unpack and prepare décor for model apartment-dressing project > Christian Community Services (CCSI), Nashville, TN – Design Contract, December 2009 ~ Designed newsletters, business cards, and other print materials for PR and marketing purposes > Andrew Lohr, Richmond, VA – Web Design Freelance Contract, Spring 2009 ~ Uploaded content and design > Amy Salinger, New York City, NY – Webmaster Freelance Contract, Summer 2008 to May 2010 ~ Uploaded Flash video, updated pages, created and updated graphics, edited site copy > James Madison University Alumni Association, Harrisonburg, VA – Part-time Student Employee, August to December 2007 ~ Built Homecoming site, created graphics for Alumni website, Facebook and MySpace pages ~ Created print materials and logos for anniversary memorabilia like t-shirts ~ Illustrated “Evolution of the JMU Volunteer” logo > Other Small Freelance Jobs, Richmond, VA; Harrisonburg, VA; Nashville, TN – 2004 to May 2010 ~ Built and updated websites by creating pages, graphics and editing copy ~ Created brochure designs, letterheads and promotional materials ~ Designed business cards and stationary ~ Designed t-shirts, cards, posters, book covers and layout VOLUNTEERING & INVOLVEMENT > Paint Love, Inc., Decatur, GA – Started June 2014 ~ Volunteered to be in their group of artists, and looking forward to being involved in outreach opportunities to “[connect] artists and non-profits for a positive impact on youth.” > MomoCon, Atlanta, GA – 2010 to Present ~ Started off helping with crowd control ~ Since 2011, I've been doing print design projects, mostly signs, and sometimes designing badge background art ~In 2013, I began posting all their social media during the convention > Dragon*Con, Atlanta, GA – June to August 2014 ~ Update the Tolkien Track’s website's design and content in preparation for Dragon*Con 2014 > Intown Community Church, Atlanta, GA – March 2012 to Present ~ Small Group leader for middle school girls’ group, and designed logos for retreat t-shirts ~ Worship leader in a revolving schedule of worship singers ~ Seasonal choir during Christmas and Easter ~ Acted as Queen Esther in sketches during the bible teaching part of Vacation Bible School, June 2013 > Yelp.com, Elite Member – 2012 to Present ~ Writing reviews, posting pictures and checking in on their app
Majored in Interactive Media from the School of Media Arts & Design, and minored in traditional art.