Ilene Sternbach Aldridge was born in NYC, but now lives in suburban New Jersey with her husband and daughter. After working as an art director and graphic designer for twenty years, Ilene became a stay at home mother when her daughter was born. She began doing freelance design work and was thrilled to find Zazzle, which allowed her to have the best of both worlds; doing creative work and being home and available for her family.
Ilene has a very busy schedule raising her daughter. Her other interests include hitting the gym at least three times a week, watching reality shows and reading. She also loves crafting of any kind.
Ilene says that a creative streak runs in her family. Artists, musicians and performers abound throughout the family. Ilene was always drawn to artistic activities and that has been her passion as long as she can remember.
Digital artwork, mostly vector based with an emphasis on typography is the primary focus of Ilene’s art creation. She tends to rely on graphic illustration of objects rather than photographs, and attributes that to her love of logo development.
Ilene is inspired by many things everyday. She can be driving down the street and a simple sign will inspire her to make a new business series. Her daughter also inspires her every day and has even ‘art directed’ some products in one of her shops.
Ilene’s art education started with her earning a degree in studio art. When she found she couldn’t get a job after college she chose to move towards commercial art and become a graphic designer. She went back to school at the top art schools in New York City and earned a certificate in computer design in addition to her graphic art studies. Professionally she then did a lot of web design, but as many others entered that field she returned to her true passion, print design. She continues to learn new graphic software and methods and keeps up with the latest in design trends.
These days Zazzle and other Print on Demand sites keep Ilene so busy that she hasn’t had time to explore other types of art. She is hoping that in the future when her shops are established she will have a little time to do that.
In addition to expanding her four existing Zazzle stores, Ilene is expanding her line of designs onto products on other Print on Demand sites. She has started developing a store on Miche and hopes to get to work on one or two other sites shortly.
In addition to selling her art on all of Zazzle’s products, Ilene also does quite a bit of freelance and custom design work for private clients. She does a lot of corporate identity project work in particular.
Up until last year Ilene was also doing hand calligraphy on invitations for weddings and other events. As many of those clients are becoming computer savvy, they are doing their own ‘calligraphy’. So now Ilene has more time to ZAZZLE!
STAR STREAM DESIGN ON BLOGSPOT
STAR STREAM DESIGN ON POSTEROUS
STAR STREAM DESIGN ON TUMBLR
CUSTOM BUSINESS SOLUTIONS
STAR STREAM DESIGN ON FACEBOOK
STAR STREAM DESIGN ON TWITTER
STAR STREAM BIZ ON TWITTER
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Edited and Written by Ruth J Jamieson, Copyright Ruth J Jamieson, All Rights Reserved