ABOUT

Hello! I’m Femi.

I’m a Textile Designer, mom & wife living in the Hudson Valley, NY.  I’ve been slowly honing my print style over the past ten years while raising my children. My design style is inspired by art, architecture, nature, runway, and travel. 

When not making art, I enjoy practicing yoga, hiking with friends, gardening, volunteering or just relaxing with my family. I track the moon’s calendar, adore vegan food, and seek balance in all I do.

Still here? Here’s the long version…

In college, I found my love of Printmaking. It was a dream to explore silkscreen, lithography, monoprint, relief print and letterpress.  I love the smell of inks, the history and the repetition of printmaking. After graduation, I transitioned to a retail job in the Creative Services Department of Ralph Lauren with hopes of finding graphic design work within the company. Instead, I ended up in Manhattan and then Brooklyn where I honed my skills in managing website and graphic design projects with two separate firms.

However, I missed getting my hands dirty and took art classes at night. Hob’art, a local art co-op in Hoboken, became a wonderful source of friendship and allowed me to exhibit my artwork locally.  I left the design world for a few years to help my husband launch his own financial advisory firm in Hoboken while we began our family.

Once we outgrew our studio apartment we moved to the Hudson Valley where I helped my husband relocate & rebrand his business. In his extra space I established an art gallery exhibiting local artists work as well as my own. I experimented with acrylic, linocut and screenprinting. After years of working with my husband, volunteering in my kids school, and working with local non-profits I’m dedicated full time to pursue my passion for textile design.


Education:

2020 Print Life / White Buffalo Studio, online
2018 The Print School – Longina Phillips, online
2014 Family Central Volunteer, Advisory Committee
2013 Call of the Wild Soul Art Retreat, Petaluma, CA
2013 Textile Design Lab with Pattern Observer, online
2012 The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design, online
2011 Established WVFA gallery
2011 Workshop with Jonathan Talbot, Warwick, NY
2007 Etching with Elaine Breiger, School of Visual Arts, NYC
2004 Etching with Elaine Breiger,School of Visual Arts, NYC
2003 Drawing the figure, Art Students League, NYC
1998 Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
–BA, Printmaking Concentration with Gloria Escobar
–Graduated with Departmental Distinction in Art
–1998 Arkell Hall Award in Art
–1997 Top Honors – Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
1994 Graduated from Warwick High School


Art Exhibitions

2017
Once Upon a Time – Albert Wisner Library, Warwick, NY

2016
Politicked Off – Milkweed Gallery

2015
New Directions, Albert Wisner Library, Warwick, NY
Amity Gallery Holiday Show

2014
Art in the Park, Pine Island, NY
Orange County Arts Council Members Show, Pine Island, NY

2013
Open Studio with Gary Genetti & Mena Messina, Warwick, NY
Art in the Park, Pine Island, NY
It’s all Relative, Albert Wisner Library, Warwick, NY

2012
Humane Society Fundraiser:  WVFA Gallery, Warwick, NY (curator, director, installer, PR)
High Note: WVFA Gallery, Warwick, NY (curator, director, installer, PR)
In Motion: WVFA Gallery, Warwick, NY (curator, director, installer, PR)
Splashes N Dashes: Albert Wisner Library, Warwick, NY
Signs of Spring: WVFA Gallery, Warwick, NY (curator, director, installer, PR)
Orange County  Studio Tour

2011
Solo Show: WVFA Gallery, Warwick, NY
Orange County South Studio Tour

2009
Group Show: hid(in) hoboken, Eureka Art Market Gallery, Hoboken, NJ
Group Show: hob’art’s hoboken, Hoboken Historical Museum, Hoboken, NJ
Group Show: Paterson Artwalk, Paterson, NJ
Group Show: 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, Maplewood, NJ

2008
Group show: Viridian Artists, 530 W 25 #407, Chelsea, NY
Group show: Sovereign Bank, Hoboken, NJ
Group show: GOFE, Hoboken, NJ
Group show: Palisades Multimedia Center, Palisades Park, NJ
Hoboken Studio Tour & Jersey City Studio Tour

2007
Solo show: The Elegant Universe, Gala Studio, Hoboken, NJ
Solo show: Fluidity, Sovereign Bank, Hoboken, NJ
Group show: In the Shadows of Manhattan, The Atrium Gallery, Washington Township, NJ
Group show: Hob’art Members Show, Sovereign Bank, Hoboken, NJ
Group show: Hob’art Members Show, 545 Washington Blvd., Jersey City, NJ
Group show: The Litany of Chaos in the Universe, Galeria Goba: Hoboken, NJ

2004
Solo show: Debut, Rodeo Ristra, Hoboken, NJ
Group show: Hob’art Members Show, Symposia, Hoboken, NJ
Group show: Gritty, Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery, Brooklyn, NY