On my "All About Me" poster for kindergarten, I wrote that I wanted to be Claude Monet when I grew up. I was a dancer for 20 years, I played the cello for 8, I have been drawing and making for as long as I can remember. I am not one to be limited by medium. I still enjoy drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, book binding and hand lettering. Below is a personal diary of some of my "off the clock' experiments and stuff that just doesn't fit anywhere else.
Starting in the spring of 2014, myself and 4 other designers partnered with artist, Chuck Hoffman to research the role of imagery, color and creativity in the treatment of patients with dementia and Alzheimer's. We found that color, iconography and physical movement can trigger recall not otherwise available through traditional therapy. The team designed various options for the 6' x 156' wall and ultimately selected a sprawling landscape of Belfast architecture and symbolism executed in a flat, icon-like style for the wall. In May, we flew out to complete the mural and explore the city. As we were working, residents who have never left their rooms before and considered non-verbal would venture outside to ask us about the mural and share memories about their time growing up in Belfast. The experience changed my life forever and I will always be proud of the impact we made on the community.