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As long as I can remember, I have loved everything to do with art. Growing up, I remember taking drawing classes in the park, sketching in my room, and later, drawing cartoons and creating my own “fonts” in none other than Microsoft Paint—pixel by pixel. In high school, my parents referred to me as a “basement dweller”. I spent every possible moment down there at my desk: drawing, reading, writing, or with my nose to the screen. I was lucky enough to grow up with technology but still have my roots on pen and paper.

Fast forward to my college years, where my major bounced between photography, web and graphic design. I ended up focusing on the latter, and during my journey, revealed some of my greatest passions. I realized my love for typography and hand-lettering. I discovered the art of block printing. Each time package design and assembly was part of an assignment, I silently…

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  • Born on March 5
  • Joined February 25, 2011

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Marilyn Alli Design

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As long as I can remember, I have loved everything to do with art. Growing up, I remember taking drawing classes in the park, sketching in my room, and later, drawing cartoons and creating my own “fonts” in none other than Microsoft Paint—pixel by pixel. In high school, my parents referred to me as a “basement dweller”. I spent every possible moment down there at my desk: drawing, reading, writing, or with my nose to the screen. I was lucky enough to grow up with technology but still have my roots on pen and paper.

Fast forward to my college years, where my major bounced between photography, web and graphic design. I ended up focusing on the latter, and during my journey, revealed some of my greatest passions. I realized my love for typography and hand-lettering. I discovered the art of block printing. Each time package design and assembly was part of an assignment, I silently celebrated as others moaned with dread. Test printing, trimming, assembly, and the endless choice of fine papers and cardstocks! Discovering new supplies and embellishments I could incorporate into my projects became an obsession as I fell in love with the process of putting my personal touch on everything.

Once I graduated, I began working as a graphic designer, weekdays at a screen printing shop and weekends at an auto repair shop. Soon after, longing for the large format printer I had readily available to me in school, I saved up to purchase one of my own. In my spare time, I began designing and producing anything I could. Birthday and graduation invitations, flyers, business cards, brochures, and eventually, wedding invitations for family and friends. I never dreamed that their family and friends would one day begin contacting me, but they did! What started as a side project had turned into something so much more.

I designed my first wedding invitations in me and my boyfriend’s old tiny apartment. In the kitchen-turned-production-area, I meticulously trimmed with an Xacto knife into the late hours of the night. Less than a year later, we got rid of those kitchen chairs to make room for my paper and supplies! Today, my boyfriend and I have since purchased our first home and turned the whole upstairs into our art studio (and I upgraded to a Dahle rotary cutter!). My Etsy shop is my next step!

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