I am an artist, writer, and maker from San Diego, California. These days, you’ll most often find me in Kampala, Uganda. I graduated with a BFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Arts in 2005, focused on drawing & painting and photography. I’ve spent the last seven years working in product design and artisan training in Uganda.
photo by Dani Walker Kreutter
Creative: Digital photography, analog photography (film processing, darkroom printing), writing, drawing, painting, mixed media illustration, sewing, trend research, product design, simple carpentry & electrical wiring, soldering & metalsmithing, familiarity with a variety of art & craft forms such as jewelry design & leather goods.
Technical: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office, social media, some Adobe Illustrator & HTML
Other: elementary-adult education (including intercultural & special needs), international travel experience, material sourcing, cost estimating, event coordination, public speaking, writing,
Teach jewelry-making and metalsmithing skills. Identify supply chains and procure materials and tools. Develop design concepts and create models of products. Train artisans to replicate products.
Identify talented local artisans and work alongside them to remove barriers to the international marketplace (such as design, marketing materials, capital, etc.)
2016-2017: Jewelry design
2013-2016: Design sandals, interchangeable accessories, totes & handbags, and small leather goods. Develop collaborative ideas. Source materials from Los Angeles, CA; Nairobi, Kenya; and Kampala, Uganda and maintain an extensive network of vendors and contacts. Research fashion trends. Train artisans at the Kampala, Uganda workshop. Work alongside the production manager and procurement manager to ensure timely and accurate orders of raw materials and finished goods. Build and maintain accurate systems for tracking production and supply inventory.
Design new jewelry products, research colors and trends. Travel to Kampala, Uganda to plan and teach training sessions to Ember’s partner co-op. Source training materials in the local markets. Explore new product concepts with locally available materials. Empower artisans to make business connections in local markets and build their sales opportunities.
Created shop decor and signage. Built and installed displays. Organized and merchandized the sales floor. Built initial Quickbooks database for record-keeping to track sales and the merchandise of over 100 consignment artisans and their products. Assisted with record keeping, customer service, artist relations, and sales. Coordinated refreshments, decor, and logistics for events.
Co-founded a collective of local artists and designers that organized trunk shows and other events to provide the community with opportunities to support independent artists in San Diego. These bi-annual house-show based events drew over 600 attendees.
Mouse and Moe: Owner/Designer
Designed and marketed jewelry and accessories made from heat fused plastic shopping bags, using a new technique of my own invention. Built and maintained wholesale connections with boutiques in California and New York.
Fall 2004-Spring 2005
Art League (Biola University): Vice President
Collaborated with a team of leaders to plan, organize, and supervise meetings for art students and art enthusiasts at Biola University. Helped plan events and campus outreach activities. Participated in guerrilla sculpture installations and performance art events across campus.
Provide stories, information, and photographs for Sseko Design’s printed materials, blog, website, and social media accounts.
Provide stories, information, and photographs for Ember Arts’ printed materials, blog, website, and social media accounts.
Conceptualized and founded Bake it Forward, a social media driven awareness campaign that focuses on the problem of slavery and unethical labor practices within the cacao industry and encourages responsible consumerism. Selected for presentation (top three) at Idea Camp
Worked with a private education focused organization and a team of six volunteer researchers to understand the culture, history, and mindset of both the Serbian Orthodox and Bosnjak citizens of the Sandjak region of Serbia. Networked and established relationships with professionals, politicians, clergy, historians, and youth in the region. Compiled a sixty page report and used photography to create marketing materials for the organization.
Snowdrift Newspaper: Layout & Photography Editor
Self-taught newspaper layout and Adobe inDesign in one night, and went on to win a regional award for layout. Collected articles from newspaper staff and supervised a team of designers in the weekly layout of the newspaper. Coordinated with the editor to assign photographers to relevant articles and choose photographs to accompany stories. Filled in as a photographer as needed.
TEACHING & EDUCATIONAL EVENT EXPERIENCE
Taught photography and storytelling to refugee youth of San Diego as they transitioned into a life in a new culture. Assisted with exhibit installations and special events. Researched potential future partnerships with international organizations.
San Diego Unified School District: Assistant Preschool Teacher
Read stories. Tied shoes. Applied bandaids, even when probably unnecessary. Supervised recess and taught at least seven children to swing. Wore strange hats and pretended to be a firefighter, princess, et al. Organized craft projects and a weeklong faux-space camp complete with cardboard rocket ship. Photographed and documented
school lunches to keep myself entertained.
Mentored high school and college students for a campaign that raised over $1,000,000 to rebuild war-torn schools in northern Uganda. Assisted with the coordination and promotion of an educational conference for youth in Washington, D.C. Supervised and coordinated maintenance of housing provided for interns.
Booked, organized, and spoke at 100+ educational presentations at high schools, universities, and other public venues in the midwest over the course of 8 weeks. Trained in conflict resolution, team dynamics, event promotion, fundraising, and the history of the LRA conflict in east Africa.
Obtained permits and coordinated logistics in Seattle and New York for a nationwide awareness campaign focused on the plight of internally displaced persons in northern Uganda. Networked with organization’s contacts in the Pacific Northwest and New York to build two teams of 100 volunteers. Coordinated event promotion with volunteers in Seattle and New York. Supervised volunteers and coordinated event in Seattle with over 4,000 attendees.
Led tours and answered questions about a traveling exhibition “Ordained to Create: The Self-Taught Art of Southern Preachers, Prophets and Visionaries” of 43 works by 15 artists, including outsider artists Zebedee B. Armstrong, Jr., Anderson Johnson, Mary Proctor, Lorenzo Scott, Bernice Sims, Mary T. Smith, Felix Virgous, and Ruby T. Williams.
Camp Costanoan: Nature Instructor
Supervised children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. Designed and implemented curriculum about astronomy, regional plants and animals, and archaeology for a variety of comprehension and ability levels.
Spring 1999-Summer 2001
Poway Unified School District: ESS Assistant
Assisted with the supervision of elementary age students during an after school program. Prepared and served snacks. Planned and taught art and photography related clubs for interested students.
2011 Basic Sewing Course at San Diego College of Continuing Education
2005 BFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Arts from Biola University
2011 Artisan’s Lounge Grand Opening, San Diego, CA
2010 Group show at House of Hair Salon, San Diego, CA
2005 “Attachment” Solo-exhibition, Biola University Art Gallery
2005 “All Student Art Exhibition” faculty juried, Biola University Art Gallery
2004 “Exchange Rate” co-curator, Biola University Art Gallery
2004 “Hand-Picked” faculty juried student art exhibition, Biola University Art Gallery
2003 “Four” group show, Norwalk Public Library