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Dayna Safferstein

I'm Dayna and I'm an illustrator and designer living in Denver, Colorado. I graduated in 2009 from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in partnership with Tufts University. I have illustrated four published books, and I spend my days at Knotty Tie Co. creating custom textile designs for ties, bow ties, and scarves. Knotty Tie exists to provide meaningful employment for resettled refugees, so I get to work side by side with friends from all over the world. I sketchbook obsessively and you can find my sketchbook drawings here!

I am an anthropologist of the everyday. I seek to glorify the quotidian, celebrating kitsch, collection, and ritual. Working colorfully, graphically, and playfully, I create illustrations and textile designs. Food is my central subject, mixed with random objects in quirky compositions. By utilizing the unexpected on familiar materials, including wallpaper or textiles, I examine the significance of symbols or icons within a cultural landscape. My whimsical arrangements encourage audiences to assign narratives and assume the anthropologist’s role.

A Curious Harvest: The Practical Art of Cooking Everything 
by Maximus Thaler
Quarry Publishing, August 2014

Home Reference to Holistic Health and Healing
by Brigitte Mars and Chrystle Fiedler
Fair Winds Press, December 2014

The Daily Vegan
by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
Quarry Publishing, March 2015

Eat it Up!
by Sherri Brooks Vinton
Da Capo Press, May 2016




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