The daughter of two creatives, I come from a little town in Northern California called
Santa Rosa, where our claim to fame was that we were the hometown of Charles
Schulz (Peanuts creator). My mother was a seamstress who created many awe
inspiring costumes for me and a select few friends on the side of her own small
business. My father was a talented illustrator and musician who worked as a director of
maintenance at my school district. When I was nineteen, I moved to San Francisco to
study Graphic Design and lived there for two years. Then I moved permanently to
Orange County after pursuing an internship with Disney. I define myself as a unique and
tenacious artist who defines life with passion in everything I pursue. I like creating art,
including pieces for my line Found jewelry, as well as reading and writing. I am an avid
beach mermaid although I like hanging out on the shore more than the water. There I
find I can create and inspire many new ideas. I also love both darkroom and digital
photography. The technical aspects of these hobbies fascinate me. In my future, I see
myself owning my own business. I have several ideas and I am currently waiting to see
which one sticks. I would love to have a design business of my own that includes a
fashion brand and my Jewelry line. Another idea I have is a restaurant concept.
Everything has beauty and purpose. We should design with both in mind. Everyone is
unique, and has something to say or add to the world. Design is a process, many
different viewpoints or perspectives are needed to gain a whole idea.
TsumTsum- Gaming/entertainment 9/10. I like this game because it is Disney, is very
cute and playful in design, and allows me to unwind and become a kid again. The
events are very fun and include unique ideas such as puzzles, baking badges, etc. The
only thing I would change about it is the functionality. Sometimes points or characters
get deleted which is unfair and frustrating and since it is based in Japan is not easily
fixed or accessible.
Titanium- Education 6/10. I have to be honest and say I have a love/hate relationship
with this app. On the plus side, I can look up syllabus and grade information relatively
easily. On the negative side, there are many technical flaws such as assignment
submission and access problems. But it is my lifeline while I’m a student. I am glad
there is an app that can help me communicate to my professors and classmates while
also checking my grades, reading class information etc all in one place.
Instagram- Lifestyle 8/10. This app allows a user to both connect with friends and other
people outside their immediate area across many platforms. I follow artists I like, brands
I wear and topics I find important all in one app. The search page is really fun as it offers
you catered interests that an algorithm thinks you would like based on your follows and
previous searches. Lately, it has been showing me adds for companies which I am not
fond of, and some have been fraudulent but for the most part it is a great way to interest
with the world around you, near and far.
Pandora- Music/entertainment 9/10. This is a music platform. You can search for radio
stations and create playLists which as an artist I find very helpful and inspiring. I have
three favorite stations. One of my favorites, Dangerous Dames Radio, is an all female
artist station with a lot of range and talent. I find it easy to unwind or be inspired to
create while listening. I would prefer it to be offered for free without ads, which is
distracting, but since it is a free way to listen to music, it is a small downside.
YEARS DURATION CITY CITY/TOWN COUNTRY COMMENTS
1984- 19 years Santa Rosa, Ca Usa Birthplace, hometown
2004- 2 years San Francisco Ca Usa Studied Graphic Design
2007 2 weeks Abroad Europe Traveled to Paris and Amsterdam.
2011 4years Santa Rosa, Ca Usa Moved back home.
2011 8 months Anaheim Ca Usa Internship with Disney.
2011 6months Santa Rosa, Ca Usa Moved back home.
2012 8years Orange countyCa Usa Permanently moved to Orange County to pursue BA
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