Couple on wedding day illustrated in pencil

Let me tell you about myself. I draw. I paint. I do computer-y things.

Mostly, I take the words people tell me and turn them visual. Sometimes this takes the form of illustration and I get to indulge my "artist" side. Sometimes this takes the form of designing more "practical" things, like brochures or websites. I love doing all of it. I'm Audrey Alltop-Durgin, and I want to help people by creating beautiful things.

I used to be a music teacher. When I graduated high school, I went to college with the intent of majoring in art, but somewhere along the way I ended up in music education, hoping I'd have better luck getting "a real job". Instead I discovered that I don't like teaching in public schools and private lessons weren't sustainable. Like a lot of people my age, I settled for a retail job while I figured my life out. This job happened to be in a high-end sewing store, so I got to spend a lot of time indulging another of my passions. Along the way, I started a business with my parents, focused on custom embroidery and sewing. I was named the "creative director" due to my being an "artist". While there, I slowly stumbled my way back to design.

I have noticed that there seems to be a gap between high-quality design and the home sewing industry. I think it is important for a designer to understand the demographic and products they are designing for. With this in mind, I decided to go back to school to pursue my original interest in art and design. I had a specific goal and felt much more purposeful this time around.

While in school, I took some Illustration classes for fun and found another love. I like visual storytelling. I like bringing someone else's words to life. I like drawing, too, and that helps.

What I'm trying to say is that I love what I'm doing, and I'm good at it. I'm a lifelong learner and I intend to keep on learning, and letting that inform my designs. I hope I can be of help to you, too.