Today we’d like to introduce you to Christine Jo Della Fielder-Abbott.
Christine Jo Della, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I spent my entire early life running around in the forest, drawing pictures, standing out from my childhood peers and searching for peace. There was never a moment that my mind wasn’t consumed by music and thoughts of growing up to be an artist, so I did just that. Picking a college was a difficult and exhilarating task, and it landed me in Portland, OR at PNCA in a highly intensive BFA program, consisting of the hardest year of my artistic life. Foundation year showed my colleagues and myself, that the world would be a heavy hitting place, thankfully void of lackluster feeling yet full of hustle; those teachings have not fallen short. In my career, there have been leaps and bounds, and opportunities I did not think I would land, and a sense that there is no way I could not be a forever artist regardless of circumstances. In 2016 my design work for the Branding and Identity of Downtown Hyde Park Chicago landed me an STA100 award from the Society of Typographic Arts, opening up worlds I could have only previously dreamed of. It was such an existential moment realizing my childhood goals were being fulfilled and I once again felt the peace of running through tall wild grass meadows consumed of wonder.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
First and foremost I’m a Graphic Designer, but just as importantly have a large vast array of fine art passions that I incorporate into my day-to-day as much as possible. This has guided me to my current role as an Art Director at a tech company in Chicago’s West Loop. I find so much joy bridging the gaps between aesthetics and design in a world consumed with technology and audience interface. I’ve taken on many projects designing album art, producing band photo-shoots and music videos, branding and sub-systems, as well as providing as much pro-bono work to people and organizations who really need beautiful imagery to externalize their inner spirit.
A large part of my growing early career was the experience of meeting and communicating with a well-known designer from London. He inspired me not to just take on jobs and clients solely for the purpose of making money, but to understand everything we put out there can and does influence others, and to maintain a conscious heart. My thoughts are that designers have a social power that every artist needs to find, define, and re-design on their own. Mine is to remind everyone of life, desire, humility and humanity.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
I can’t push the ideal enough that artists and designers should remain as humble as possible. Without that, there is a level of ‘othering’ that flows deep and discourages emerging artists to follow their dreams.
Well that, and to have an adult present when signing up for student loans. The loan world has become a cesspool for hardship and if I can press any issue enough when applying for school, it’s to do your research as fully as possible. If school is looking to be too expensive, hold off until you can land scholarships and remove yourself from parental tax brackets – i.e. at the age of 25. So many of my close friends, including my wonderful spouse, waited until the circumstances were just right, to take the plunge. Spend those 6 years after high school interning, exploring, experiencing, and you will be set in stone.
Also, I recently I was asked to do an AMA (Ask Me Anything), where there was a lot of discussion on this topic – I encourage everyone to check that out at: designama.amafeed.com/hello-im-an-art-director-designer-and-co-founder-of-an-artist-co-op-go-for-489189
Regardless or school and career, spread peace, love and happiness to all!
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
In 2014, with social ideals set in stone, I co-founded Merderhaus, a collaborative artist co-op providing arts, graphics, and production. We pride ourselves in the employee-owned mind frame and delegate incoming work to those whose expertise lies highest. We also have a full list of pro-bono services that we provide to people/businesses of color, those affected by oppression, LQBTQAI+, and general discrimination with the goal to help others as much as possible. I find that I have been blessed with an artistic platform, and crave helping in any way that I can.
You can find selected projects of mine at christinefielder.com, see my day-to-day life as an artist on Instagram @zbrah, and see what exciting things the co-op is doing at merderhaus.com. I Implore everyone to reach out with questions, comments and general inquiry day and night.
- Address: Chicago, IL
- Website: christinefielder.com
- Phone: 16302538874
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @zbrah
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christine.fielder
- Other: merderhaus.com
DISTORTION SOCIAL 50K X ChiDM 2015 , Kashink, Carlos Segura, Merderhaus, Tina Brown Photo