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PROFILE

German artist, illustrator and surface designer ­Susanne Kasielke is a pencil fanatic, obsessive to-do list writer, collector of memories, and she’s always searching for new flower adventures. Susanne creates art for products, illustrates commissioned pieces of art, works as a graphic designer, and has her own line of products.

 

SKILLS

  • 12 years of graphic design and print production experience
  • Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop)
  • Brand consistency
  • Surface Pattern & Textile Design
  • Sketching, drawing and painting by hand
  • Pencil illustrations
  • Photography
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Languages: German & English
  • Digital collages
  • Planning ahead
  • Writing to-do lists

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Susanne Kasielke, LLC since 08/14, DC
Owner, designer and artist

  • Developing and selling her own line of products
    (DC souvenirs, greeting cards, notebooks)
  • Licensing artwork as a surface pattern designer
    (clients: Pottery Barn Kids, Minted, Deny Designs, domino, Spoonflower)
  • Creating textile design prints
    (partners: hunt + gather, Patternbank, Pattern Observer Studio)
  • Selling original commissioned pencil illustrations of animals and architecture
     

Freelance graphic designer since 06/09, DC

Concept, design and technical implementation of all kinds of print products, often while considering strict brand guidelines
Clients: World Bank Group, World Bank Institute, Kreuzschule Mussum
 

Tranquil Space 06/13 – 03/15, DC
Visual coordinator

Concept of window display decor, creating and maintaining a compelling presentation of merchandise while utilizing consisting display materials within budget.
 

PHOTOPIA DC 05/11 – 10/13, DC
Portrait Studio Assistant

Design and technical implementation of all kinds of photography products for print and web, retouching and framing photos, assisting at photo shoots and administrative work.
 

Serviceplan Group 05/05 – 05/09, Munich/Germany
Graphic design and print production

Initially hired as a graphic design intern, but quickly employed as a full-time designer as a result of excellent work ethic and creative skills. Assignments covered conception, design and ­development of different­ communication devices. ­Susanne’s proactive initiative and desire to deliver a consistent brand image was recognized by her boss and rewarded with advanced training and education. As a result she additionally performed technical implementation of all kinds of print products.
Clients: Allianz, Sioux, iBrams, Lotto Bayern, Verlagsgruppe Lübbe, Miele, Sixtus, Deutsche Leasing, Eltern, Käserei Champignon, Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Flüchtlinge und Integration, Gabor Shoes AG, Märklin


EDUCATION

Rhein-Sieg-Kunst-Akademie 05/00 – 12/04, Hennef/Germany

German Diploma (equivalent to master’s degree) in graphic and ­communication ­design –  study focus on painting, graphic design and industrial design (grade: 1.2 – best diploma of my year-group)

 

University of Bonn 1999 – 2000  

One semester of mathematics (one degree in linear algebra)
 

St.-Josef-Gymnasium 1990 – 1999, Bocholt/Germany

Abitur (A-level-exam), average score: 2.2


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014    Artomatic Takes Flight – Art at DCA airport, VA
2013    baked and wired gallery, Washington DC
2013    Century 21 Redwood Realty Gallery, Arlington VA
2012    World Bank Family Network Gallery, Washington DC

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014    Artomatic Takes Flight – Art at DCA airport, VA
2013    RAW Natural Born Artist – encompass, DC
2013    Capital Arts Network – Abstraction at its Best, Rockville MD
2013    District of Columbia Arts Center – Wallmountables, DC
2013    Rochester Contemporary Art Center – 6x6x2013, Rochester NY
2013    Hill Center Gallery, DC
2013    Embracing Our Differences – Sarasota’s bay front, Rossi Waterfront Park, North Port, Florida
2013    The Art League – Annual Patron’s Show, Alexandria VA
2012    Arlington Arts Gallery – Art Extravaganza, Arlington VA
2012    Touchstone Gallery – MiniSolos@Touchstone, DC
2012    District of Columbia Arts Center – Wallmountables, DC
2012    Rochester Contemporary Art Center – 6x6x2012, Rochester NY
2012    Artomatic – DC’s biggest art festival, Arlington VA
2012    Arte (German/French TV station): Tous Pour L’Art – online gallery
2005   Townhall Siegburg in Germany – adult education center Rhein-Sieg
2002   VHS-Studienhaus, Siegburg in Germany  


TRADE SHOWS

2016    Licensing Expo, Las Vegas NV – the world’s ­largest annual trade show for licensing and brand extension
2015    SURTEX, NY – B2B marketplace for sourcing original art & design


ART FAIRS

2016    National Museum of Women in the Arts – curated arts & craft fair ‘Makers’ Mart’, DC
2013    Corcoran Gallery of Art, DC – Corcoran Community Art Fair
2013    (e)merge art fair, WPA, DC
2012    MMMF Fair, World Bank, DC
2012    Corcoran Gallery of Art, DC – Corcoran Community Art Fair
2012    (e)merge art fair, WPA, DC
2012    17th Street Festival, DC
2012    H Street Festival, DC
2012    Adams Morgan Day Festival, DC
2012    Hillyer Art Space, DC – Back to School Artisan’s Bazaar
2012    Art-to-go marketplace, Arlington 


INTERESTS

  • Flea markets & thrift shops
  • Abandoned places
  • Old amusement parks
  • Fairytales
  • Making people laugh
  • Learning and improving analog & digital art techniques
  • Still life paintings in oil
  • Tim Burton movies
  • Watching TV series (preferably binge watch friendly)

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