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Fashion Illustration is often a unique choice for a Fashion Design major . For many people that pursue that course of education, illustration is not always a favorite aspect, but for me it was different. To pursue starting your own business or offering a unique service is a somewhat scary thing to do, but it is extremely rewarding. With the support of my family, friends, and teachers, I was able to pursue my dream.

Throughout my education at Columbia College, I studied Fashion Design as well as Art History . I was extremely interested in the way that these two subjects could be combined. I have always been interested in Historic Fashion Illustration, since that is where couture design, advertising, and almost all clothing productions started from. Not only is it an applied art form, but I believe it can also be-come fine art. I also love abstract painting, and these passions are what gave me the idea to com-bine fine art with illustration in my most recent work. In the pieces you see, I focused on the technique of fashion illustration, while focusing on the color combinations and feelings those evoke for each piece.

My education throughout Columbia was extremely bene cial in learning about the fashion industry. The teachers that Columbia hires are active in their field, or have had an ex-tremely interesting career history, and learning from these real life experiences is incomparable. Right after graduation, I decided to put every-thing I had into this career. I figured if I wasn't all in, I would never get to where I wanted to be. I knew that it would be challenging, as much of the work is freelance, but the most rewarding things often are.

What really helped me begin was a

recommendation by a teacher I had while at Columbia. Aman looking for in an illustrator for his new line came to the school for guidance and one of the names she gave him was mine. He

contacted me and we began one of my first commissioned illustration jobs. I was so grateful for that recommendation and it really solidified how important my hard work throughout college became. Standing out in this field isn't easy, but I have made it my goal to be remembered for my promptness, precise work, and creating a happy client for each and every project. Recommenda-tions and returning clients, are just as important as advertising in this business, which I find is true for many self-employed individuals. As more and more clients contacted me for work, I began to truly believe that I could pursue my dream as my career.

In order to spread my work throughout the country, and across the world, I have a website of my portfolio that I created at www.lindsey-kate.com. In addition, I manage the social media for my company through a Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter, and Linked In accounts. My work is sold on Etsy and Vango, and of course custom work is always welcomed. I have found that one of the most important ways to keep my work and business interesting is to keep a current portfolio, continually adding new work and practicing with new media or tech-niques. In addition, showing in galleries and art shows continues to keep this form of art current and exciting for viewers and patrons.

I hope, through this and in the future, I can continue to introduce this art form to new people and new businesses. So far, I have been published on blogs, in catalogs, and magazines, and have had work used throughout the world, but I still have many more goals within this business that I would love to attain. This keeps me passionate, curious, and always striving for new opportunities.

I sincerely hope that my path can inspire others to pursue their next goal, especially if it may seem scary or unrealistic. Even a small step made every day towards your dreams will be worth it and you never know where it will take you. All the hard work and the unknown will one day pay off in the form of being able to do what you love.

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