Native of Gary, Indiana, I have resided in the Greater Grand Rapids area for over 30 years. Throughout the years I have received many accolades including awards from the Old Kent Bank's Annual "Dress A Doll" competition, from local foster care agencies for my unconditional work with teen girls and teen moms, and various neighborhood leadership organizations. As a child abuse and domestic violence victim and "SURVIVOR", I have always been and will continue to be an advocate for women and children always leading by example! As I still spend a great deal of my life mentoring women and children, my art is a reflection and expression that reaches into the deepest part of my being, sharing the beauty, strength and resilience of the human spirit. An avid storyteller and visionary that believes not only in helping, but healing, my designs though therapeutic for me, speaks thru my eyes, heart and soul, as many of these women and children are my "muses". Muse- (def).- noun 1. a woman or a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist. In creating this ongoing evolution called SOWN: Relatable Art Series comes the following entries: 2015 - #HerStory (62121), 2016 - #SHEroes (63467), 2017 - #IveGotTheMusicInMe (66483) and finally in 2018 - #VoiceVisionandValues (68721). I see me, but most of all I not only do I see you, but I HEAR YOU. Each intricately detailed doll tells dozens of "relatable life" stories in no particular order, yet quite possibly has a place in yours--- Your voices are in my hands as I create hundreds of stories often read in silence but spoken aloud thru each and every work--- OUR trials and triumphs, OUR pains and passions, OUR vistas and ventures yet to come. SOWN, is our gift---our seeds we together will plant and nurture as we embrace our individual "cause and conviction" as vessels for change. I ask you to join me and "Gather Your Life's Bouquet", to teach and reach for generations to come with this timeless 2-D "Relatable Art" series.
Ms J./Diva Of Design's ArtPrize Entries
These are Ms J./Diva Of Design's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Ms J./Diva Of Design's Past Work
These are images of past work that Ms J./Diva Of Design has done.