i’m ali – a letterer, illustrator, artist, graphic designer, road warrior and craft food/cocktail/coffee connoisseur.
i hail from northern california, but in the last couple of years i've called chicago, santa barbara, nantucket, and my trusty subaru forester "home." i graduated from chapman university with a degree in criminal justice and psychology and studied fine art at the school of the art institute in chicago. i also co-founded KINDRED, a creative concept and design company. i love making things that make people think and feel and do something.
a little backstory:
i spent years working for nonprofits and thought maybe i'd use my degree working in the prison system. it took me picking up a part-time gig at anthropologie and working with the visual team to make me realize that making things was my true calling... as opposed to spending my life in prison. fancy that!
in 2008, my car was hit by a drunk driver and i suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, impairing my verbal abilities. i holed up in my parents' attic, creating piece after piece of mixed media in an attempt to process the life crisis i was experiencing. i applied on a whim to School of the Art Institute in Chicago in 2010 and started my journey to try to become "a real artist." in 2012, i was a part of a project that traveled the country in a RV talking to individuals who were changing their communities. it was then that i fell in love with america, its incredible people, and idea that humble actions drive movements.
i've always viewed making things as some kind of magical portal. well-designed, carefully crafted art should open new doors, spark conversations and epiphanies, and introduce and engage viewers in new concepts. it should challenge us, evoke emotion in us, ignite us to action.
art has power; this is why i choose to work with people and projects i believe in.
please feel free to visit my shop or browse my portfolio to see more of my work.
if you would like to work with me, have a question, or would just like to say hey, email me at email@example.com.