International Bird Rescue is fortunate to have some truly amazing small business sponsors. For this week’s shout-out, we highlight the work of Stephanie Kiker, a North Carolina-based designer who has donated beautiful, illustrated pelican iPhone cases for our membership drive (available in both iPhone 4/4S and 5 models).
Any member donor who has given in 2013 is eligible to win, as well as any new members this week. Become an International Bird Rescue member today!
Update, 9/16: Congrats to International Bird Rescue member Monica Duclaud of California, whose name was drawn for this giveaway!
Here’s Stephanie’s story:
I love living at the beach … and on an island: Hatteras Island, N.C. The smells, sounds, water, wind, wildlife — all make it a wonderful place to be. This place gives me inspiration for my artwork and creativity. Whether it’s on the beach, on the water, under the water, in the marshes, or in the sound, I enjoy creating my own interpretations and expressions of the wildlife and their surroundings. Textures, colors, patterns, shapes and movement all play a part in my pieces. I move from realism in my soft pastel works to bold graphic shapes, patterns and colors in my colored pencil and ink work.
I graduated from the School of Design at North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design and continued in that direction after graduation. Having always enjoyed drawing and illustrating, I soon was in the screen-printing business, designing T-shirts along with the design work.
In 1996, I moved to Hatteras Island and began pursuing a career as a working artist. I now enjoy selling my artwork in many galleries and stores up and down the Outer Banks, as well as nationwide distribution on a variety of products: Giclee prints, ceramic tiles, cutting boards, iPhone covers, notecards, coin purses, coasters and more. My graphic design work includes a Gallery Guide for the Outer Banks, logos, brochures and marketing of my own work.
I feel lucky to be able to enjoy the natural beauty of this area and experience it much of the time through kiteboarding. Along with the exhilaration of the sport, it gives me the chance to be surrounded by the smells, sounds, water, wind and wildlife that inspire me so much.