I'm a hyper-creative person. I started out by winning art competitions at a young age, and in high school attended the prestigious Governor's Institute of Vermont. I began making music during this time and after placing first in a local radio-sponsored battle of the high school bands, licensed songs to MTV, was covered in Billboard Magazine, and was featured in a documentary about young women in the national underground punk music scene.
I studied Multimedia Design and Performance Art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, where I traveled as part of a small group to perform at the Navinki International Performance Art Festival in Minsk, Belarus. I graduated in 2005 with a solid foundation in multimedia work, design, and practice.
After graduating from college, I performed in and wrote music for a 60s-inspired psych-rock band called Drug Rug. We signed to Black and Green Records, released a self-titled record in 2006 to critical acclaim, and a sophomore record titled "Paint the Fence Invisible" in early 2009. After the release of the second album, I was named Female Vocalist of the Year by both the Boston Music Awards, and the Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll.
Drug Rug was featured in local Boston media as well as Bust Magazine, Fader, Playboy, Complex, NPR, Spin, American Songwriter, Vice, and many other national publications. We licensed songs to HBO, CBS and several independent filmmakers.
During this time I designed all of the posters, packaging, album artwork, t-shirts, and other merchandise for the band. I didn't realize it at the time, but this was my first real introduction brand identity building and management.
I gained some fantastic experience designing merchandise and product packaging, and created a lush, colorful world of illustrations and characters to accompany the music. My experience in the band led to all kinds of great opportunities-- from entering the world of commercial music making to working with a range of clients, from small businesses to arts-industry professionals, to develop brand identities, web and print collateral, and packaging design.
The past several years I've been back at SMFA, earning a certificate in Graphic Design. These days, I make illustrations for Seven Days, Vermont's largest independent weekly paper, manage design needs and web content for the Friedman School at Tufts University, and enjoy working with a small roster of freelance design clients.
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