Artist CV

Michele Mirabella
@mmDesign716 – Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
michele@mmdesign716.com
The Foundry Resident:
298 Northampton St Suite 105, Buffalo, NY 14208

Artist Statement:
Nature brings me life and printmaking is my passion. The two are connected through the physical action of hand carving linoleum block and the organic symbols and concepts rooted in the natural world around me.

Inspiration for my work comes from flora and fauna explored during many outdoor adventures and the attractions of symbols within daily life. From a small tree growing on a path to repeating occurrences of symbols throughout my day.

I begin ideas with fluid sketches of these patterns and connect them to contemporary representations of nature. As my designs evolve into a final print, the process brings me closer to my personal self, while revealing imagery that can be appreciated by everyone.

Education & Coursework:
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design | SUNY Buffalo State, Buffalo, NY (2014)
User Experience Design Essentials – Adobe XD UI UX Design | Udemy (2019)
Web Accessibility: Learn Best Practices, Tools & Techniques | Udemy (2019)

Skills:
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
Office/Google Docs
Mac/Win
WordPress
Photography
Design-thinking

Markets:
Horsefeathers Community Indoor Market, Buffalo | Perks @ Horsefeathers (2020, 2019)
Printmaking Pop-Up Shop, Buffalo | Hyatt’s All Things Creative (2020)
8th Annual Buffalo BookFest, Buffalo, NY | WNYBAC (2019)
A City of Buffalo Pop-Up Shop, Buffalo, NY | Ellicott Development (2019)
Art on the Riverwalk, Tonawanda, NY | Partners in Art (2018, 2019)
Buffalo Mini Makers Faire, Snyder, NY | Makers Faire(2019)
Creators on the Canal, Buffalo, NY | Buffalo Waterfront (2019)
Hang Local Holiday Market, Buffalo, NY | Cass Gallery (2019)
Kenmore Farmers Market, Kenmore, NY | Village of Kenmore (2019)
LiveNF Makers Market, Niagara Falls, NY | LiveNF (2019, 2018, 2017)
LocalFest, Niagara Falls, NY | LiveNF (2019)
Oliver St. Art Festival, North Tonawanda, NY | Project 308 Gallery (2019, 2018, 2017)
Music is Art Festival, Buffalo, NY | Music is Art (2018)
Pulp716 Featured Artist Pop-Up, North Tonawanda, NY | Pulp716 (2018)

Exhibitions:
Love Notes – Group Show, Buffalo, NY | Pine Apple Co. (2020)
Garden House Party! – Group Show, Buffalo, NY | Pine Apple Co. (2018)
Art Off the Wall – Charity Show, North Tonawanda, NY | Carnegie Art Center (2017)
Cute and Cozy Invitational – Group Show, Buffalo, NY | Pine Apple Co. (2017)
Illustrated Idioms – Solo Exhibition, Buffalo, NY | Solo Exhibition (2014)

Experience:
Graphic Design:

  • Photo-editing optimized for digital (web), and print outputs
  • Successfully translate subject matter into visualizations for promotional materials, social media graphics, and layouts
  • Curiously exploring design concepts through the natural world with an application for printmaking (linocut) illustrations
  • Assemble promotional material reflecting brand-specific style guides
  • Initiate print ads following press schedules for US and Canada markets
  • Brainstorm and collaborate with small businesses to establish a new brand
  • Complete detailed proofing and quality control before sending final projects to clients 

Project (Business) Management: 

  • Utilize social media to engage the target audience and create a call to action
  • Consult with clients on innovative solutions for abstract ideas, bringing clarity to overall objectives and design needs 
  • Manage 5+ projects or tasks while under pressure to meet weekly and monthly deadlines
  • Build trusting relationships with designers, vendors, and clients through communication and networking
  • Keep track of and organize product inventory as well as digital file structures for completed and ongoing projects
  • Manage invoices for completed orders
  • Stay informed on current trends and listen to the needs of the industry
  • Establish an organized workflow system to boost productivity
  • Actively participating in numerous artisan markets to sell handmade artwork while networking and building a personal brand

Work Experience:
mmDesign716 – Freelancer | Self Employed, Buffalo, NY (2013 – present)
Buffalo ShopCraft | Working Artist, Buffalo, NY (present)
Feel Rite Fresh Markets – Product Specialist, Amherst, NY (2018 – 2019)
Jared the Galleria of Jewelry – Repair Liaison, Amherst, NY (2015 – 2018)
Fitzgerald Group – Graphic Design Intern, Lockport, NY (2014)
Kohl’s Department Store – Jewelry | Home & Kids, Amherst, NY (2009 – 2015)