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WillyNillyStudio &DeborahWillardDesign
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Painter, Doodler, Scribbler, Designer, Illustrator, Photography, Fabric Painter, Blogger, Calligrapher, Typographer, Wordsmith, Linguist, Occasional Rabble Rouser, Chronic Compulsive Proofreader. I don't do food.
I have been drawing pictures ever since I could hold a crayon. During my college years in the 1970's, pen and ink seemed to be my natural medium. My love of foreign languages took me to Europe a few times, and I enjoying rendering favorite sites in pen and ink. Back in the U.S. I produced some "house portraits" f… Read More
I have been drawing pictures ever since I could hold a crayon. During my college years in the 1970's, pen and ink seemed to be my natural medium. My love of foreign languages took me to Europe a few times, and I enjoying rendering favorite sites in pen and ink. Back in the U.S. I produced some "house portraits" for my mother to give to her real-estate clients as thank-you gifts.
Having always loved letters and handwriting and hand lettering, in the late 70's/early 80's, I began attending calligraphy workshops, studying under such world-renowned callligraphers as Peter Thornton and Thomas Ingmire. In between stints as a travel consultant, I did a little free-lance graphic design and sign painting work. I discovered the art of hand painted clothing in 1989, when I moved to St.John , USVI, and immediately got a job as a contract artist for a boutique specializing in hand painted clothing. Something about painting it and wearing it appealed to me, and I've been painting clothing ever since. I established a studio/shop of my own in St.John in 1996, which I kept for 8 years.

After returning to my native Winston-Salem NC in late 2004, I shared studio space at Atelier Studios in the Downtown Arts District of Winston-Salem, from 2004-2009. In 2010 I moved into my own, much larger, studio and shop. I was able to expand production after moving into larger quarters. My studio and shop Willy Nilly provided me with work space as well as retail/display space. From time to time I took a break from painted clothing to work on drawing, illustration and design projects. It has been wonderful to rediscover drawing, and to find a talent for drawing dogs--somewhat ironic, as I grew up as a cat person!!

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Closed that shop several years ago. Too much rent $$.
Worked on my on-line presence, and my Etsy Shop is now my main source of income, so I don't worry so much about unpredictable walk-in traffic and fickle buying habits. deborahwillarddesign.etsy.com

Currently I share studio space on 6th Street, just off Trade S… Read More
Closed that shop several years ago. Too much rent $$.
Worked on my on-line presence, and my Etsy Shop is now my main source of income, so I don't worry so much about unpredictable walk-in traffic and fickle buying habits. deborahwillarddesign.etsy.com

Currently I share studio space on 6th Street, just off Trade St, in Winston-Salem's lively Downtown Arts District.
I still create painted clothing, but I'm also doing more drawing and illustration work.

to be continued......


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