Julie Rivera

I received my BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in graphic design and surface design. In 1991, I formed Rivera Design & Communications, a graphic design and marketing company. Besides corporate identity, my love is book design. Some of my book clients included Brush Tree Books; The Aspen Dayhiker, Aspen on Foot, and Café Cycling; PTFT Inc., Planning for the Future 7th Ed; JCC of Milwaukee, Tastes of Jewish Tradition which won several design awards.

Several years ago I decided I wanted to change my focus from graphic to surface design. I was tired of working on the computer and wanted to go back to working with my hands. My work draws from graphic objects and patterns in nature, combining Shibori, Katazome and Nassen dying techniques with typography. It uses nontraditional approaches to these dying techniques to create patterns and images for wall hangings, scarves and fabric yardage.

I am a member of the Illinois Artisans Program.






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