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!
Through my art I seek to find harmony in the everyday and its rhythms. My process involves creating clever alterations that inspire people to think and interact differently with their surroundings. Through simple gestures I aim to help my audience see daily life as a game, as I do so innately. I have a strong affinity for collections and the narratives that emerge from them. I work colorfully graphically, and playfully, with an endless generosity of subject matter and hunger for experience. I attempt to lead the viewer to an undiscovered equilibrium by jarring the everyday in whimsical ways and giving the mundane significance.
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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