I was born and raised an artist. Both my parents worked with art direction and advertising, and I attended an arts school for the first nine years of my education. Even though I thought I would never follow in my parents’ footsteps — I chose to channel my focus on academics and outdoor adventures — I was eventually drawn back into the creative world. I studied Art and Design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and received my BFA in Art and Design after four years of hard work that challenged me to define who I wanted to be as a designer, and as a person overall.
After graduation, I took an internship with Krochet Kids International in Newport Beach, California. The company sells knit hats and accessories to benefit women of Northern Uganda and Peru with the assets, skills, and knowledge to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. My job was to raise awareness for their projects by designing promotions for their website. College had been instrumental in helping me grow into a designer, but it was at Krochet Kids where I learned what I truly wanted to do in life. The idea of design aimed toward a greater good instilled a desire in me to focus my career on designing with companies that aimed to make the world a better place. After my internship ended, I headed next for Animal Volcano Design, based out of Glendale, California. A place where all our projects are about igniting a social movement and being a part of something bigger than ourselves.
My experiences from childhood, school, and work have shaped me into the person I am today. I have an everlasting passion and curiosity for the outdoors and the people who populate its every inch. I enjoy being part of a team and look forward to opportunities where I can step up to the plate and deliver. As a child, a fire was lit in my heart to go out and explore the world, and that fire is as strong as ever, driving me to learn and meet new people. As I explore the world, I look to incorporate mine and others’ stories in my designs. I am Ellen, a designer, an optimist, an explorer, and a modern woman looking to take on the world one challenge at a time.
As for the name L&N I picked for two simple reasons. When you pronounce my first name (Ellen) it sounds like just that, L…N. As for the ampersand, well, I just think it’s a beautiful figure and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to use it. So there you have it…L&N.
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*Photo credit goes to the beautifully talented Michelle Walling.