I am an honors student studying Communication Arts and Media Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where I’ve lived my whole life. I work in graphic design, illustration, and murals; for the past five years I’ve been a freelance muralist, but I’ve nurtured a love for prints and patterns my whole life. Recently have had great opportunities to explore that love, such as working with designers from DVF to explore pattern ideas for a winter collection, and interning at Standex Engraving to create patterns for production in the interior design market. Two years ago I was chosen to be part of an exchange with VCU’s campus in Doha, Qatar, where I was immersed in arabic design – that subtlety, fluidness, and grace still informs my work. I am also very interested in color and color theory, and have been researching the history of dyes and pigments to the end of a better understanding of how the materials I use work.
In the past three years I’ve been a recipient of two undergraduate research grant projects funded by VCU, one to create a children’s show and one to foster international dialogue between educators in Guatamala and Richmond, VA. I’ve participated in five fine art shows and the creation of three large-scale interactive sculptures made specifically for public art shows, and been commissioned for 13 murals. I go to yard sales every weekend and read a lot, and I don’t have any pets, but that won’t last for too long.
Visit Emily’s website here.
Eliminated – Design Challenge Two – Industrial Revolution